Military Handbooks: The Plattsburg Manual Advanced Training
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.