The landing-force and small-arm instructions, United States navy, 1916

 
9781236977397: The landing-force and small-arm instructions, United States navy, 1916

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...main body or occupies a position in which its flanks are not protected. (2) The detail of a special support will be avoided whenever possible. 356. The formation of an artillery support depends upon circumstances. On the march it may often be necessary to provide advance, flank, and rear protection. The country must be thoroughly reconnoitered by patrols within long rifle range. 357. In action, the formation and locat1on of the support must be such as to gain and give timely information of the enemy's approach and to offer actual resistance to the enemy beyond effective range of the artillery's flanks. It should not be close enough to the artillery to suffer from fire directed at the artillery. In most cases a position somewhat to the flank and rear best fulfils these conditions. 358. The support commander is charged only with the protection of the artillery. The tactical employment of each arm rests with its commander. The two should co-operate. INTRENCHMENTS (Plate II.) 359. (1) Ordinarily, infantry intrenches itself whenever it is compelled to halt for a considerable time in the presence of the enemy. (2) Infantry charged with a resisting mission should intrench See Field Fortifications. whenever there is any likelihood that the cover constructed will be of use. 360. (1) Except in permanent fortifications or in fortifications prepared long in advance, the infantry plans and constructs the fieldworks that it will occupy. (2) When performing their duties in this connection officers should bear in mind that profile and construction are simple matters compared with location and correct tactical use. 361. (1) Intrenchments enable the commander to hold a position with the least possible number of men and to prolong his line or increase his...

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