Somewhere in the wilds of a suburban garden plot right now there's a platoon of garden gnomes pinned down by suppressing fire from a hedgerow. In the past they'd have to hunker down and wait until the opposing forces ran out of ammo or hope some friendly unit happened to be within yelling distance.
That was before they enlisted the help of the Combat Garden Gnome Radioman:
At first glance he's mostly harmless. He doesn't even have a weapon,
just the comically oversized A/N PRC-25 Portable Radio set:
before he calls in an aerial bombardment and churns the very earth
beneath your feet into a broiling hell that Dante could never have
The Radioman is carefully chosen. He has to be someone with experience
and steady nerves who won't get rattled under fire. He has to be able to
read maps, too. If something happens to the commanding officer, the Radioman is
essentially in command of the unit, calling in fire support, medevacs,
and reinforcements. It's also an exceptionally dangerous job, since the
conspicuous radio antenna says to the enemy "Shoot ME first!"
Here's a closeup of the details on top of his radio pack:
The A/N PRC-25 (called the "prick 25" by GIs) is a compact, lightweight,
tactical, VHF solid-state portable radio set. Over its service
life more than 130,000 sets were produced. Although mainly designed for
manpack use, the PRC-25 can be mounted in vehicles or aircraft as well.
It can survive a 50-foot drop from a helicopter onto a steel plank
runway or up to an hour submerged in six feet of water and still
function reliably. It was the most widely used piece of communication
equipment in Vietnam and no suburban lawn is truly secure without one.
I've got a handful of these guys listed in the Etsy shop. You can order your own by clicking HERE.
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