AP service, alarms and action
The terrain was hilly with small rock outcrops covered with sparse vegetation, shrubs and stunted trees. Shell damage and exploding mines had removed all greenery from the hilltops leaving only a few small tree trunks still standing. It’s surprising how, in with only your night vision, solid tree trunks become moving enemy soldiers.
The hill’s perimeter barbed wire also had suspended from it, tin cans containing a few small stones. The noise can give you a fright when a deer or unfortunate animal nudges one as occasionally did a defensive mine explode without any enemy action to follow.
On occasions we would hear a short sharp ”burp” like noise in the valley. The Chinese favoured the Soviet Burp submachine gun that was reliable with a 71 round drum and rate of fire of 900rpm! Every night we could observe well to our west, the vertical searchlight to denote to both sides the location of Panmunjom where the so called peace talks were being held.