The first time that I saw thermite in action was while I was deployed to Iraq. After securing an objective we came across a large stash of AK-47s. The process of manually disabling each one would have been time consuming, and we weren’t going to pack them out. As an alternative we laid them down horizontally (while stacking them up), while leaving a space in the middle (a rough triangle). Once we had them all stacked up, one of the team leaders dropped a thermite grenade in the middle. We all stared at the awesome sight of these weapons melting into a random spherical shape.
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