ATTACK AND DEFENSE
The Theory Of The Defensive
The defensive is divided into the purely passive defense and the active
The passive defense seeks merely to delay the enemy. The results can
never be other than negative. It is usually for the purpose of gaining
The Theory Of Attack
Decisive results are obtained only by the offensive. Aggressiveness wins
battles. If you want to thrash a man go after him; don't wait for him to
come to you. When attacking use every available man. Have every man in
the proper plac...
There can be no rule to tell you when to charge. It may be from 25 to
400 yards. The common sense (tactical instinct) of the senior ranking
officer on the firing line must tell him the psychological moment to
order the charge. That ...
Advancing The Attack
It is now necessary to advance the attack to a point where the rifle is
effective, so the attacking line can gain fire superiority. The attack
which halts to open fire at extreme range (over 1200 yards) is not
likely to ever reach i...
The Fire Attack
The fire attack commences when the infantry in the firing line first
opens fire and it usually ends with the charge. A charge is sometimes
not necessary because the enemy withdraws from his position. The fire
attack does not start u...
The Actual Attack
Deployment. To deploy means to extend the front. When does a column
extend its front or prepare to fight? When open terrain, which will
probably expose the troops to hostile artillery fire, is reached. This
place may be two or more ...
Advantages And Disadvantages Of The Defensive
The defense has the following advantages over the attack:
(1) Troops attacking afford a better target than the troops on the
(2) A larger amount of ammunition is usually available.
(3) The men can shoot better beca...
Preparing A Defensive Position
Now let us suppose ourselves as part of a battalion that is to occupy a
defensive position. What would probably be done? How and in what order
would it be done? What would the major do? He would decide upon the kind
of defense (acti...
Relieving The Outpost
Evening and shortly before dawn are hours of special danger. The enemy
may attack late in the day in order to establish himself on captured
ground by intrenching during the night; or he may send forward troops
under cover of darknes...
Disadvantages Of The Defense
(1) The defender surrenders the advantage of the initiative as the
attacker can elect the point of attack and the defender must be prepared
at all points.
(2) The defender must fight amidst his dead and wounded which is