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 lack of information that one side had or did not have

of the other side. It is by the use of patrols that the most valuable

information of the enemy is usually obtained.

There are many kinds of patrols, but it is with reconnoitering or

information seeking patrols that this chapter deals.

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