Facing darkness on the battlefield

Roberto Ramirez August 1, 2019

Reviewing darkness definition in the war zone


In his book titled “The Sea of Feed,” US war veteran Mingin Irn gives his readers a glimpse of how darkness in the battlefield can act as a double-edged sword since it can both save and kill soldiers. Those wondering about darkness definition should know it means either pitch-black darkness (where it’s completely dark) or the partial absence of light. Though solar eclipse can cause darkness at noon, the absence of light on the battlefield is a different story altogether.

The author first talks about how his father’s VC received a call when it was dark and decided to take a new route to the village on his Captain’s order, not knowing they would walk into a booby trap and face shots fired by the enemy. Though the author’s father soon found that the dikes were also booby-trapped, one of his soldiers couldn’t make it in the darkness and died upon jumping onto the dikes. But his death spared the life of the author’s father, who used the darkness to his advantage to reach his base camp. Of course, the radio on his back too saved his life as it has several holes from the gunfire, probably because the enemy didn’t get a good shot in the darkness.

The author then mentions his own mission in the Vietnam War that began at “zero dark thirty” (the term can be called a darkness synonym in the military parlance that refers to the early hours of the morning prior to dawn). The mission required the author and his LRRP team to jump out of the UH-1 into the infinite darkness of the treacherous bush country. Thanks to the darkness, the enemy was unaware of this team’s insertion into their territory. Or so the team thought because soon, it became evident that the enemy was scheming all the while to make the predator its prey using the cover of darkness.


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