Field Service Regulations, United States Army

Field Service Regulations, United States Army

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... means of observation and communication should be utilized in order that the intentions of the enemy may be quickly ascertained and promptly met.. 323. Banges should be measured and marked and the troops made famiiiar with the distances. 324. Distribution of troops.--As soon as practicable after examination of the position the commanding officer decides upon the plan of defense and communicates so much of it as may be necessary to the troops in orders. These will be drawn up in the usual form (see Article II) and should show the sections into which the position is divided, the troops, with the name of the commander, assigned to each section, the time when they are to occupy their positions, and the location of the commander's headquarters. 325. The order of battle will generally be determined by circumstances. Uniformity of practice in distributing troops should be avoided, for the enemy would soon take advantage of the fact. 326. A considerable part of the cavalry should be posted near the flanks where they can oppose the enemy's reconnaissance, keep a good lookout, and give early notice of turning or enveloping movements. The larger part of the cavalry will be held under cover in a central position from which it can be sent rapidly to operate against a flank of the enemy's advance, to delay a turning movement, to reenforce weak parts of the line with dismounted fire, or to cooperate with the general reserve in the counter attack. 327. The artillery of the defense should be posted so as to command the enemy's lines of approach and the probable positions of his artillery. If the defender's artillery would cope with that of the assailant, a number of batteries must be held in reserve, ready to be rushed to positions facilitating a converging fire...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236519361
  • 9781236519368