THE THEORY OF SECURITY
Distribution Of Troops
An advance-guard order generally describes the following distribution of
The manner in which the advance-guard cavalry is employed depends upon
the situation. Its proper ...
Distribution Of Troops
The proximity and conduct of the enemy control, to a large extent, the
formation of a rear guard. When it is not necessary to withdraw in
deployed lines, the greater part of the rear guard marches on the road
in column of route, tak...
The distance of the rear guard from the main body and between the
fractions of the rear guard are about the same as in the case of an
advance guard. If marching at night, the rear guard draws nearer the
Security embraces all those measures taken by a command to protect
itself from observation, annoyance, or surprise by the enemy.
Ordinarily this security is provided in part by cavalry. But as a
command is not always preceded by c...
Rear Guard Of An Advancing Force
If there is a possibility that the rear of the column may be attacked, a
rear guard of suitable strength and composition is provided, its conduct
is practically the same as that of the rear guard of a retreating force.
It generally ...
The rear guard is charged with the important duty of covering the
When a commander decides to retreat, he issues the necessary order.
During a retreat the outpost for the night usually forms the rear guard
of the followi...
An advance guard is a detachment of the main body which precedes and
covers it on the march.
Its duties are:
(1) To guard against surprise and furnish information by reconnoitering
to the front and flanks.
(2) To push back s...
The reserve follows the support at several hundred yards' distance. It
consists of the remainder of the infantry and engineers, the artillery,
and the ambulance company. The artillery usually marches near the head
of the reserve, th...
Advance Guard Of A Small Command
In forming the advance guard of a command smaller than a brigade, the
foregoing distribution is modified, depending upon the situation. A
company or troop usually sends forward only a point, a battalion or
squadron, an advance party...
Distribution Of Outpost Troops
The outpost will generally be divided into four parts. These, in order
from the main body, are the reserve, the line of supports, the line of
outguards, and the advance cavalry.
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