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Advantages Of The Attack

Military Handbooks: The Plattsburg Manual Advanced Training

(1) You can elect the point of attack while the defender must be

prepared to resist at all points.

(2) The fact that you are advancing in spite of the defender's fire

stimulates you and depresses the enemy.

(3) You leave your dead behind while the defender must fight among his

fallen comrades, which is demoralizing.

(4) You usually are conscious of the fact that you have more men on your

side than the defender. You have more rifles on the line than the


(5) Your fire is usually more efficacious than that of your opponent

because it is usually converging while his is diverging.

These advantages alone will not necessarily insure success, but fire

superiority, if gained and maintained, does insure success. By gaining

and maintaining fire superiority you remove all doubt as to the final

outcome of the attack.