Lesson 3/Learning Event 1
FIRING ON THE ENEMY
When enemy forces are observed advancing on the bivouac, fire on them with
This fire must cover the withdrawal of outposts when
the enemy threatens their security. Attackers must be kept under accurate
fire as they approach. When they are within 150 yards or less, they should
be hit with fire from all weapons.
Enemy combat elements sighted in the
vicinity should not be fired on when it is apparent that they intend to
bypass the unit bivouac. However, information of enemy troops in the area
should be rapidly forwarded to the nearest senior commander of friendly
Fire from machine guns should be strictly
premature disclosure of their positions.
Make every effort to destroy the enemy if they penetrate the perimeter
defense. The commander may use his reserve forces to destroy attackers and
restore the integrity of the unit's position, or to block further advance by
Supporting artillery and air support and the shock action of
armor may not be available.
Therefore, the advantage of counterattacking
must be balanced against the advantages of continuing the fight from
positions which offer some cover from enemy fire.
The chance of a
successful counterattack by maintenance troops is not good.
defense of the area does not include pursuit of hostile forces, only
elimination of the enemy from the bivouac area.
When faced with a superior force which threatens large-scale defeat or
destruction, withdraw. But first get approval of the next higher command.
However, when withdrawals are necessary, the immediate commander must make a
The commander will want co withdraw before the defending
force is heavily engaged.
When withdrawal from contact is necessary, a
small detachment is used to cover the withdrawal. Before withdrawing from
the area, destroy all equipment, supplies, and ammunition of value to the
When possible, the security force covering the withdrawal is
provided motor transportation. During periods of fighting with the enemy,
the platoon leaders should continuously provide situation and status reports
to the company commander.
company commander informed. The commander must have information in order to
make sound, timely decisions.