The men dropped and returned winking lights and popping noises.
One squad stood up and rushed, while the other squad fired from a prone position. Then the first squad fell to the wet earth and the second squad rushed.
When they both neared the end of the field, all the soldiers stood up and slowly walked into the bushes, firing their rifles as they went.
To the casual observer, it looked like real war. But the men were using blanks.
It was all part of a show the local unit staged for high school seniors and their parents. A few seconds after the last wink and pop from the bushes, a yellow flare was dropped onto the field signaling the end of the maneuver.
Troops and observers then returned to the Academy Street Armory by truck for the rest of the unit’s open house program.