Immanuel, post: 1209738, member: 8704 wrote:
Allright dears, more details:
* As some news channels claim, each launch pad had 30-40 pigs including handlers, incorrect, the biggest launching pad had around 15. The point of a launching pad is to remain as hidden as possible before they infiltrate. Unless someone is trying to club numbers from both ops the first covert and second well documented one.
* Second every single pig was killed, when the op was over, there was no enemy presence in the AO. Just a lot of radio chatter, toward the end they had mobilized nearly an entire Ranger battalion to comb the AO. But our boys were long gone.
* SF went after the targets deep in, indeed HAHOed in from Dhruvs, also (this is beautiful) they had a couple of Rudras flying about ready to pounce, in case our boys need help, but that call never happened.
* It was pure dumb luck that prevented the couple of trucks loaded with BAT teams and Rangers from being obliterated. Ghatak spotters had these trucks trained on the sights of their carl gustaf launchers, thy didn't have a clear line of sight and the trucks halted and turned around before they could get closer.
* Sf went in first, Ghataks began their op a bit later. SF left no foot prints, they went in like ghosts and left a pile of mess. Para teams were mix squads of 6 SF and 6 Airborne, all they sent in was a platoon size force. However, the largest camp was destroyed by none other than the Garuds boys, indeed a squad of these guys went in, the largest camp had the handlers of JEM and Hizb who helped execute the pathankot attack. The 3 handlers were wasted in their sleep :shoot:. They deployed clever and stealthy firepower, silenced weapons, long range sniper shots, sneaky up close knife work and heavy volume of suppressed fire.
* Ghataks were loud, they were backed up by regular infantry from their respective regiments. Their op is being said to be the brutal part of the strike. While infantry lit up the posts, ghataks charged in, knowing fully well the fire would spook the pigs at the pads. Because of the nature of intel, the pigs were no more than 400-600 meters away. They did take fire from some of pigs but they were quickly silenced with MMGs and multiple grenade launcher. My relative talks about how one fierce ghatak buddy pair who were closing in with a group of 5 pigs while the team was circling around them, ran into heavy fire. His buddy fell down, thinking he lost his buddy in the sprint, this balsy son of a gun charged all by himself pissed at the 5 pigs, he had momentum and anger, he dodged fire spiriting from tree to tree and with a chilling war cry that deafened the radios for a few seconds, stuck his bayonet deep, killing 2 pigs in quick moves, the other 3 ran, only to be boxed in by the rest of the team. They were shredded. He was relieved to see his buddy was in the back catching up, he had tripped over a boulder. 3 Ghatak platoons were used along side their respective regular infantry. By the time they rounded up their op, they linked up with Para and back home for tea and breakfast.
* Six camps were destroyed, not seven, the seventh wasn't really a camp just a spot where the pig team was closest to the LOC, they had stopped for the night, had the op not taken place, they would have tried to infil an hr or so down the line. This was the group where one scared shitless pig, blew himself up when he saw that fire was coming from all directions. He took 2 of his buddies in the process
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* The sites of the various massacres were cleverly mined and booby trapped before returning, more pigs will/would have died combing those areas later on.