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
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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 ...