Murphy’s Laws of Combat
— a collection of wisdom by Howard C. Berkowitz
- Friendly fire – isn’t.
- Recoilless rifles – aren’t.
- Suppressive fires – won’t.
- You are not Superman; Marines and fighter pilots take note.
- A sucking chest wound is Nature’s way of telling you to slow down.
- If it’s stupid but it works, it isn’t stupid.
- Try to look unimportant; the enemy may be low on ammo and not want to waste a bullet on you.
- If at first you don’t succeed, call in an air strike.
- If you are forward of your position, your artillery will fall short.
- Never share a foxhole with anyone braver than yourself.
- Never go to bed with anyone crazier than yourself.
- Never forget that your weapon was made by the lowest bidder.
- If your attack is going really well, it’s an ambush.
- The enemy diversion you’re ignoring is their main attack.
The enemy invariably attacks on two occasions:
- when they’re ready.
- when you’re not.
- No OPLAN ever survives initial contact.
- There is no such thing as a perfect plan.
- Five second fuses always burn three seconds.
- There is no such thing as an atheist in a foxhole. A retreating enemy is probably just falling back and regrouping.