THE THEORY OF SECURITY
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...
Establishing The Outpost
The outpost is posted as quickly as possible, so that the troops can the
sooner obtain rest. Until the leading outpost troops are able to assume
their duties, temporary protection, known as the march outpost, is
furnished by the nea...
The advance cavalry is that part of the advance-guard cavalry preceding
the support. It reconnoiters far enough to the front and flanks to guard
the column against surprise by artillery fire, and to enable timely
information to be sen...
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 ...
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...
In conducting the reconnaissance the patrols are, as a rule, small--from
two to six men. If additional protection is necessary, a flank guard
covers the threatened flank. The flanking patrols, whether of the
advance cavalry or advan...
The size and disposition of the outpost will depend upon many
circumstances, such as the size of the whole command, the proximity of
the enemy and the situation with respect to him, the nature of the
A suitable stre...
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.
[Illustration: PLATE SHOWING THE IDEAS INVOLVED IN A...
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 ...
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...