During the investigation of the Branch Davidians and the subsequent failed raid on the Mount Carmel Center (the Davidians’ headquarters), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) obtained assistance from the military. This support included the use of training facilities and equipment, advice concerning ATF’s medical and communications plans, aerial reconnaissance, and the use of #Helicopters during the raid. The ATF was able to get this support from the military due, in part, to providing “sufficient” evidence that Mount Carmel was a possible drug nexus. The ATF #Raid plan was based on the the element of surprise yet, despite knowing in advance that the element of surprise was lost, the raid commanders made the decision to go forward. To make matters worse, on the day of the raid, the helicopters approached the rear of the compound at approximately the same time as the agents in cattle trailers pulled along the front, which failed to create the intended diversion. The helicopters were fired upon by the Davidians, forcing them to pull back, and causing two of them to land to inspect for damage. The third helicopter, although also struck by gunfire, was able to remain airborne, and circled overhead to watch for additional attacks. The Davidians alleged that the National Guard helicopter crew fired at them during the raid; something which both the ATF and the National Guard strongly deny. Nevertheless, the idea that those aboard the helicopters fired down at the Davidians below has become part of the accepted story by the general public, but is there any truth to this.