Antitank Tactics for the Light Infantry: Can History Help?
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ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Although designed primarily for low intensity scenarios, the Light Infantry Divisions can also operate in mid-to-high intensity environments, if properly augmented, against an armor threat. But, what if the light units are employed in the defense, without augmentation, against such a threat This paper addresses the adequacy of current doctrine in providing guidance for this particular situation. The methodology includes an analysis of current and past doctrine as well as a study of lessons learned from selected battles in history. Basically, current doctrine provides ample guidance for Light Infantry commanders on utilization of terrain, deployment of units and weapons, and other actions to be taken during the preparation phase of the defense. However, it is lacking in its treatment of actions to be taken during the conduct of the defense. Specifically, current doctrine should be revised to address command and control, engagement criteria and massing fires, offensive actions by the defender, and continuation of the defense when enemy tanks penetrate the defensive positions. Author
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics