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Old 04-28-2009, 09:33 AM   #1
Post The light infantry section attack (PREWAR section battle drills)

The section attack is the basic light infantry tactic taught to military forces worldwide and is highly effective when used for making a deliberate attack. Some of the drills encompassed within it, such as the reaction to effective enemy fire, are highly appropriate to any form of attack. It uses what is known as the fire-and-manoeuvre principle, where soldier A covers soldier B’s movement. It is designed to work with a section (basically a squad) of eight men, but can be adapted to platoon sized attacks (25-40 men), depending on the size of the opposing force and men available.

Personnel required:

Section Commander (Squad Leader; best recommended officer kit)
Deputy Section Commander (second person in the squad to take over from the squad leader)
Sniper(s) or observer(s) (marksman or sniper kit; anything for long range)
Gunner(s) with light machine gun for sustained fire role
Two fire teams of equal size (depending on men available)

The standard light infantry Section Attack follows a five stage process - known as PREWAR
P - preparation
R - reaction to effective enemy fire
E - enemy: locate them
W - winning the fire fight
A - attack
R - re-org/regroup

Preparation is about planning:

Fire Support Group (Deputy Section Commander and Gunners) – where are they going to establish a fire base from? Are there any priority positions to attack?
Fire teams – what ground are they going to cross? Shall they attack head on? Shall they flank? Shall they assault the enemy position and occupy it?
Snipers/observers – what ground are they going to observe and cover?
Speed of attack – how aggressive should it be? How controlled should firing be?
Are civilians in the area?
Do we plan to occupy the enemy position or do we fall back to the rally point?
Make a plan, sell it and check that it is understood.
Adopt a suitable formation and begin the advance.

Reaction to effective enemy fire is the immediate action drill undertaken on contact with the enemy.
DASH, zig-zagging, to the nearest available cover
DOWN on the ground
CRAWL to a fire position
OBSERVE the area
SIGHTS on the enemy position
FIRE at any visible enemy

Enemy location must be determined by the Section Commander in order to bring effective suppressive fire to bear on their position. It must be communicated to the fire teams so that they know where to move to during the attack phase.

Winning the firefight is quite simply providing enough suppressive fire to keep the enemy head down or by inflicting more casualties on the enemy than they are on you. Accurate rifle fire, directed by the section commander if need be, coupled with controlled use of ammunition is vital to this purpose. One round every three seconds for ranges exceeding 100m should be sufficient. Firing in three round bursts on SEMIAUTOMATIC at ranges any less than 100m may be necessary. Fire support from the fire support gunner, controlled by the Deputy Section Commander, should be utilised against fortified positions or any enemy in the open.

The Attack stage is a bounding manoeuvre where one fire team covers the other's movement. One fire team moves to the next cover while the other team provides covering fire. The process is repeated until they are within grenade range, upon which the enemy position is cleared using an assault or by simple grenade spamming. The movement can take place to the front or to the flanks depending on cover available and the Section Commander's plan. During this time the sniper or observer should be watching for an enemy counter attack and the gunner and Deputy Section Commander maintaining suppressive fire, with the Section Commander driving the section forward from the rear. If a counter attack does occur, fall back to the RALLY POINT (Squad Leader give the order to "RALLY, RALLY!") and adopt an all round defence and repel the enemy attack.

Re-org/regroup is either the fall back to the RALLY POINT which should have been set by the Section Commander before the attack begins. This is where the fire teams cover each other back to the squad leader, who will then rally all his men to him and move back to the rally point where they will watch for an attack, or they will move into the previously occupied position and set a new rally point there, calling in supplies if necessary.

To summarise:
- Make a plan
- Advance towards the enemy
- Carry out reaction to enemy fire drill
- Bring effective suppressive fire onto the enemy; section commander indicate the enemy location to all troops
- Attack with alternating covering fire with the fire teams advancing
- Clear the enemy position
- Occupy the taken ground and set a rally point, or fall back to the original rally point
- Resupply and watch for an enemy counter attack

I will try and find a link to an official version which will explain it a bit more clearly and in less detail. This is the full set of the tactics, fully explained and I understand is difficult to remember. There are simpler versions out there which can be used and adapted. Meanwhile, I hope you find this useful. Happy playing.
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