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The Theory Of Attack
Decisive results are obtained only by the offensive. ...

Articles Of War
The Army is governed by the Articles of War, which ca...

Eyes Right Or Left
1. Eyes, 2. RIGHT (LEFT), 3. FRONT. At the command...

Reports To Be Made
Officers in the Officers' Reserve Corps are required ...

The Oblique March
For the instruction of recruits, the squad being in c...

Final Suggestions
Don't be profane or tell questionable stories to your...

Change Step
Being in march; 1. Change step, 2. MARCH. At the c...

Advantages And Disadvantages Of The Defensive
The defense has the following advantages over the att...

What The Flowers Told Martha
Martha was visiting her grandmother, who lived in th...

Distance From The Main Body
While the distance between these two bodies should be...

The Charge

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 moment will be when your fire has broken down the
enemy's fire, broken his resistance, and destroyed his morale. The
artillery increases its range. The firing line and remaining supports
fix bayonets. The former increases the rate of fire, the latter rush
forward under the protection of this fire, join the firing line and give
it the necessary impetus. Together they rush at the enemy's position. No
restraint is placed upon their ardor. Confidence in their ability to use
the bayonet gives the charging troops the promise of success. If the
charge is successful, the nearest formed bodies are sent instantly in
pursuit and under cover of them the commands are reorganized, order
restored, and arrangements made to resist a counter attack. If the
charge is unsuccessful the artillery or any formed troops in rear cover
the withdrawal.

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