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SWIFT RESPONSE 21 ~ Artillery Live Fire

US Army Soldiers from Charlie Battery, 1-319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment fire an M119 105 mm howitzer during a live fire exercise at Tapa Central Training Area, 11 May 2021 [SFC Jeff VanWey]

Yesterday, while Bravo Company of 1-508th PIR assaulted prepared positions 1-319th AFAR supported them with 105mm artillery live fire, reports Bob Morrison.

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As the Red Devils from North Carolina waited pensively out of sight in a treeline on the east side of the Tapa Central Training Area, Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, their gunner colleagues from 82nd Airborne Division, blanketed the enemy positions to their front with a barrage of 105mm rounds from their M119 howitzers from firing points on the south-west side of the polygon (as military training areas are known in the Baltic region).

US Army Soldiers from Charlie Battery, 1-319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment fire an M119 105 mm howitzer during a live fire exercise at Tapa Central Training Area, 11 May 2021 [SFC Jeff VanWey]

These were some of the same guns parachuted into Nurmsi Airfield from Fort Bragg in the early hours of Saturday morning and then flown forward by CH-47 Chinook to Tapa the same evening.

The Charlie Battery howitzers were flown forward from the Nurmsi drop zone to Tapa ranges on Saturday evening [Bob Morrison]
It was a Royal Artillery captain who called in the artillery support for one of the Bravo Company platoons we photographed during the live-fire attack [©Bob Morrison]
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