Platoon Commanders' Battle Course, 2001. Having spent the day on Salisbury Plain practicing calling in Fire Missions onto the tank hulks, we settle down for the "Grand Finale". An Artillery Major breathlessly explains that he will now demonstrate the awesome firepower that an infantry platoon will be able to call down prior to assaulting a position. This will be the full monty he squeaks, HE, smoke the full works. This being rather good stuff,and enjoying not being cold and wet for a change he does actually have the attention of the whole course. The layout of the land is explained, and we are told to imagine our platoon in the FUP in a small reentrant ready to assault the nearby hill. The bombardment begins and it is very impressive, right up until a neat line of bursts rolls right up the reentrant to gasps of horror from the course. Said Major then bleats that, of course, its an area weapon etc, completely in denial that he has just killed a friendly platoon. Couple of years later, leading my platoon accross some ground in Canada having just become the assaulting platoon in a Coy Live Fire attack, hear the words STOP STOP STOP! We all take cover as smoke rounds come raining down amongst us, fortunately only 51mm and therefore not white phos. More recently safety supervising a pl attack in pouring rain closer to home, the ground starts fizzing 2 feet infront of one of the soldiers infront of me, thinking he has fired tracer into the ground I tell him to watch his muzzle clearance. Suddenly smoke from a 51mm bomb comes billowing out of the ground. Another drop short only 2 m infront of me and probably my "closest call" in the army. Any other close calls?