Battles From Cortina 3-D MOUT
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The Atlantican Army had been defeated, but its remnants had retreated into the Cortinian town of Shughart-Gordon. The U.S. brigade charged with attacking the town decided to have one battalion attack from the northwest and seize a foothold in the first three buildings. The main effort battalion would then pass through and continue clearing the town. Their first objective beyond the foothold was the northern three buildings --53,54, and 55. The battalion identified building 54, the townhouse, as the key terrain in their initial objective and assigned the seizure of that building to the lead company. MOUT is more than room clearing. A 3-D view of the terrain is essential to gaining a complete understanding of observation and avenues of approach. The close fight -- inside the building -- is difficult and decentralized, with control of the movement from room to room most often in the hands of squad and platoon leaders. Success in the movement from building to building is a combined arms fight, the control of which requires the active involvement of a battalion command post. Seeing the terrain in 3-D will identify the opportunities for employment of all the battalions combat power and enable the battalion to set the conditions for successful platoon and company assaults.
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