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Relieving The Outpost

Military Handbooks: The Plattsburg Manual Advanced Training

Evening and shortly before dawn are hours of special danger. The enemy

may attack late in the day in order to establish himself on captured

ground by intrenching during the night; or he may send forward troops

under cover of darkness in order to make a strong attack at early dawn.

Special precaution is therefore taken at those hours by holding the

outpost in readiness, and by sending patrols in advance of the line of

observation. If a new outpost is to be established in the morning, it

should arrive at the outpost position at daybreak, thus doubling the

outpost strength at that hour.