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The Actual Attack

Military Handbooks: The Plattsburg Manual Advanced Training

Deployment. To deploy means to extend the front. When does a column

extend its front or prepare to fight? When open terrain, which will

probably expose the troops to hostile artillery fire, is reached. This

place may be two or more miles from the enemy. What is done? Strong

patrols are sent out to clear the foreground of the enemy's patrol. The

plan of the attack is inaugurated. Extra ammunition is issued. Each

organization is assigned its task. The organizations in the firing lines

are assigned objectives and move out, followed by local supports and

reserves. Don't understand that they go as skirmishers. They usually

march in column of squads. Strong combat patrols are sent out to protect

each flank. This is very important even with small commands.