“RED” – The Ambush: Useful Short Movie

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I just came across this short movie. I have no idea of who made this and why, but it is useful:

This is interesting and quite well made. If you look past the ‘Hollywood’ aspects of it, it can be used as a short training movie in terms of illustrating to people the following:

1) Use of cover and concealment (do better!).

2) Accurate fire.

3) Suppressing the enemy.



If you apply some of what you have learned at MVT classes to the action in the movie, you can see right and wrong actions from the ‘SEAL Team’ in the short movie.

Looking past the complete diversion to their mission by engaging the enemy base, the movie shows a quick adaptation of a hasty ambush. Remember: we are not teaching you absolutes at MVT, but how to apply the tactical principles to the situation. Pushing the SAW gunner to the left flank gave him an enfilade shot along the road on which the vehicle was exiting i.e. cut off group. The main kill group of rifleman was in the center, with the designated marksman pushed to the right flank in order to get a flank (enfilade) shot onto targets that were in cover to the main kill group. (I also did not understand the LT’s brief to his guys, but I saw what the movie showed next, and how they were positioned).

I did enjoy the fieldcraft fail when the scout gave the freeze signal and the patrol leader just waltzed on up to him in the open without a care in the world, then got everyone together in the open to have a conversation, while checking the super-high-speed satellite imagery……..

If you are going to comprise your mission to interfere with murders, then perhaps best to do it before the murders happen? Because doing it after still compromised their mission/exfil and was simply revenge…..YMMV.

One final point: Only Godless Commies use AKs!

Anyway, enjoy:


  1. RobRoySimmons says:

    This short movie inspire you to be the Stanley Kubrick of Romney WV.?

  2. Doug says:

    A second DM, with a suppressed AR-10, on the left flank, maybe out past the belt fed gunner, protecting gunners flank. Be a different angle of sight to take out everyone popping up to get the belt fed and what could potentially come out of that building or around from behind it. Two DM’s creating an interlocking field of fire looks like it could be quite devastating.
    A sawed off 12 ga over-under in a leg rig would be a good back up weapon for the DM who took out the mortar crew instead of that silly knife stunt., but a grenade lobbed into the cubby between those boulders would be pretty effective too.

  3. Sniper Nonos says:

    Sniper resting barrel directly on limb…? No problem…

    Movies can be great learning tools though. How bout a movie with gun / explosive wielding and scout drones in combat?

    A definitive arms 223 ak with an Ar magwell is a great ak that requires less field maintenance than an ar, i.e. The new age ak.

    Yeah, be proactive in real life. Have we? Are we? Will we?

  4. Doug says:

    Max, thought of your support encampment in Patriot Dawn when I came across this.
    Lot of plan drawings of field fortification, dugouts, field kitchens and such.


  5. Doug says:

    These are all essays with useful info and insights too from the same site, maybe somebody can find them useful in their endeavors.


    (this paper is a phenomenal essay on insurgency against state warfare)












    I got something useful out of all of these and others posted on this site.