Encountering The Enemy
If a small hostile patrol is encountered it is generally better to
remain in concealment and let it pass than to attack. The noise of a
fight may be heard by the enemy, the presence of the patrol therefore
indicated, and the enemy w...
The strength of the patrol will generally depend on its mission and on
the number of messages that it will probably send back. The larger the
patrol the greater the probability of the enemy seeing it. On the other
hand, if it is too...
Duties Of A Patrol
Each reconnoitering patrol is given a certain mission (duty) to perform.
The name, reconnoitering, meaning to survey, to view, indicates that
its first duty is to get information, and information is always greatly
increased in value...
Everything else being equal the army that possesses the most accurate
information about the enemy will win. Military history recites the fact
that almost every important battle has been either lost or won because
of information or...
It is impossible to lay down any hard-and-fast rule governing the
formation and conduct of the operations of a patrol. Each situation will
have to be worked out by itself. The patrol should assume the general
formation of a column of ...
Conduct Of The Patrol
In communicating with each other for ordinary purposes the members of
the patrol use signals agreed upon before the start. For this purpose
each man must constantly keep within sight and hearing distance of the
leader. A patrol move...
The leader should be an officer or a noncommissioned officer. He must
have good judgment, be cool, be quick in making a decision, be strong in
physique, have initiative, and be brave, but not to the extent of
rashness. Besides his r...
Before going out the patrol commander will make a careful inspection of
the members of his patrol in order to see:
1. That the members are in a suitable condition for the duty to be
performed. (Not drunk, sick, lame, having a bad ...
The officer sending out a patrol should give it instructions on the
1. Information of the enemy and of friendly supporting troops.
2. The mission of the patrol. This will include the general direction in
The Actual Defense
Let us suppose now that our battalion, occupying this defensive
position, is a part of a larger force which is supported by artillery.
You see small objects one and a half to two miles to your front. You
know they are the enemy's tr...