Volume of Fire as an Effective Measurement of Infantry Performance in Battle - The Impact on the U.S. Army Decision to Organize Five New Light Infantry Divisions
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This study investigates the issue of volume of fire in infantry units to determine its specific impact on the effectiveness of such units. The design criteria, organization for combat, organic systems, and concepts for deployment of the new U.S. Light Infantry Division are presented and assessed. Various techniques to determine actual volume of rifle fire delivered in combat are reviewed to develop an appreciation for how many riflemen actually responded in combat. S. L. A. Marshalls research efforts during World War II and the Korean War are helpful in this particular effort. Finally, a series of case studies, one from each of the theaters in World War II and one each from the Korean War and Vietnam, are presented to determine if rifle fire has been the decisive factor in battle.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics