Here's where we part company. The mission, is to get the convoy from point A to point B. The mission isn't to leave the convoy at a standstill, make it an easier target and detaching part of the convoy's security element to go huntin' for sappers.and B) kill the guys hiding in the bushes. depending on how i'm feeling. if i am tired i may just capture them so that someone back in the rear can interrogate them etc.
btw. keeping the convoy together isnt' demolishing it's "security", it's maintaining your security. running away and leaving your rear vic behind is what demolishes your security.
1. these guys weren't dead
2. nobody checked to see if they were
3. if the enemy presents a chance to close with and destroy, close with and destroy. the "oh i don't want to get hurt" mentality will - in the end - hurt more.
Me? In a scenario where my mission was to get the LOGPAC through, I'm going to police up my people, weapons and downed victor--or attempt to destroy the downed victor--and break contact as soon as possible, to continue the mission.
The problem I see with halting the convoy, so the security element can go chase sappers, is that it leaves the convoy with deminished security, or no security at all and therefore it becomes a target for the other group of bad guys hiding out on the other side of the road, waiting for the security element to run off, chasing Moe, Larry and Curly through the bushes.
I know I'm just armchair qurterbacking, here, but that ain't what I woulda done. If I had been a convoy commander, I would have told my commander that if he wanted to pursue enemy sappers, then he needed to attach an inorganic assault element to my convoy, just for that purpose, that he wasn't going to breakdown my organic security, just to score a couple fo kills, or he could order an airstrike on the area where the ambush took place.
I was very close to re-enlisting in '04. Looking back on it, it's a good thing I didn't, because I would have stayed in trouble, because of the--IMO--crappy tactics that were being used. Just like doing mounted patrols in Bradleys. That goes totally against the doctrine I was taught in the Army.