Infantry Attacks: Operating Principles for the Offensive Employment of Modern Light Infantry Units
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This paper considers whether it is feasible to employ light infantry formations in offensive operations to the tactical depths of the battlefield in a mid-intensity environment and, if it is feasible, what are the operating principles that should guide the use of light infantry forces in these operations The paper examines the use of infiltration tactics by the Germans during the 1918 offensives, the early writings of Liddell Hart and writings triggered by his thoughts, and contemporary threats relevant to the use of light infantry forces. It is concluded that the light infantry can be very useful on the modern battlefield, but it cannot operate against an armored threat alone, nor can it be the arm of decision when operating against such a threat. Operating principles include 1 protection of light infantry forces should be achieved by a balance of active and passive means with emphasis on the latter 2 firepower should be developed with a balance between destructive fires and disorganizing fires with emphasis on the latter 3 light forces should capitalize on their locomobility to achieve the required ability to maneuver and 4 light forces should be logistical improvisers.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics