The Plattsburg Manual
A Final Word
Now it is proper to consider your relation to your immediate superiors.
You have no business commanding unless you have first learned how to
obey. The finer the training and caliber of an officer, the more
sensitive is he to the w...
When two hostile forces suddenly meet we have what is termed a meeting
engagement. Very little or no reconnaissance is possible. There is an
absence of trenches. Both sides deploy rapidly. The smaller the force
the more frequently w...
In column of squads, each rank preserves the alignment toward the side
of the guide.
Men in the line of file closers do not execute loadings and firings.
A Model Order For An Advance
Field Orders Hq. 1st Brigade, 1st Division,
No. 6 Fort Leavenworth, Kansas,
Three inch Leavenworth 20 Aug. '08, 8 P. M.
Rules For Guides
A guide is a noncommissioned officer or a private upon whom the company
regulates its march.
It is not difficult for an inexperienced man learn, with a little
practice, the duties and the correct positions of a guide. Remember the...
The Difference Between Strategy And Tactics
Strategy is generalship in its broadest conception. A strategist
conceives and projects campaigns. He determines where armies and navies
are to be sent. He is not concerned with the handling or manoeuvers of
armies and fleets. He tu...
To become a first-class drillmaster is desirable and necessary. But,
being one, you are not to be intrusted with the command of troops in the
field unless you have gone much farther than that. To become an
excellent drillmaster mean...
The Fire Attack
The principles governing the advance of the firing line in attack are
considered in the chapters on Attack and Defense.
When it becomes impracticable for the company to advance as a whole by
ordinary means, it advances by rushes.
Officers Reserver Corps
To make it possible to fill the gaps made in the Regular Army, by the
heavy loss of commissioned officers which is inevitable in time of war
and to make it possible to train large volunteer armies which are called
into existence w...
This very important arm is the eye with which the general sees for many
miles to the front and flank. In an advance it pushes ahead, combs the
country for the enemy, disperses his cavalry, and thus protects the
infantry in the rear....