ATTACK AND DEFENSE
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...
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...
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...
Requisites Of A Good Defensive Position
If you were looking for a good defensive position, what points would you
have in mind and of these points, which would be the most important? The
requisites to be sought in a good defensive position are:
(1) A clear field of ...
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 ...
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...
Different Kinds Of Attack
The most usual kinds of attack are:
Frontal Attack. This attack is delivered directly against the front of
the enemy. It offers little opportunity to bring more rifles against the
enemy than he can bring against you. Decisive resu...
Advantages Of The Attack
(1) You can elect the point of attack while the defender must be
prepared to resist at all points.
(2) The fact that you are advancing in spite of the defender's fire
stimulates you and depresses the enemy.
(3) You leave your d...
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