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Encountering The Enemy

Categories: PATROLLING
Military Handbooks: The Plattsburg Manual Advanced Training

If a small hostile patrol is encountered it is generally better to

remain in concealment and let it pass than to attack. The noise of a

fight may be heard by the enemy, the presence of the patrol therefore

indicated, and the enemy will take further precautions to oppose its

operations. If the patrol is suddenly attacked or surprised by a

superior force, the patrol should at once scatter in all directions and

the members make their way back to the last place designated as a

meeting place and then after reuniting continue the reconnaissance.

When a patrol fights it does so resolutely. Courage and coolness may

bring about success when adverse conditions are encountered.