Infantry platoon tactical standing operating procedure this publication is an extract from fm 78 infantry rifle platoon and squad. This manual will discuss on the unique characteristics of the infantry weapons company, including principles, tactics, techniques, procedures, and terms and symbols. Given an instructor, classroom, and prescribed manuals. Mar 19, 2018 since world war ii, the squad has been the fundamental building block of u. Rifle squad tactics introduction the marine corps philosophy of warfighting is based on an approach to war called maneuver warfare. Infantry marines are now getting lighter, more streamlined body armor after 50 years, the army and marine corps are closing in on dumping brass.
Squad formations, close order 5 squad leader i assistant 2 secondincommand i ammunitioncarrier i light machinegunner j rifleman figure 1. It is also the squad and platoon manual for mechanized infantry operation under the hseries toe. These fundamentals have application at the platoon and squad level. This manual updates the tactics, techniques, and operational procedures for the mechanized infantry platoon and squad equipped with the armored personnel carrier m1 but organized under the jseries tables of organization and equipment toe. The big change is that we lost the ability to blob at least until we. Rifles should be carried howsoever is most manageable for the individual with the slings made loose. Showme gold forever forward small unit movement formations showme gold forever forward the fire team component the infantryman. The fire team in wwii consisted of three marines with m1 garands and one marine with a browning automatic rifle. Infantry rifle platoons and squads normally operate as part of a larger force.
Conduct movement techniques by an m2 bfv dismount platoon. To fully understand operations of the rifle platoon and squad, leaders must have an understanding of fm 321. Infantry field manual, organization and tactics of infantry the rifle. Supervises, leads, or serves as a member of an infantry activity that.
The methods of carrying weapons in second world war era german manuals are less specific and rather different to how weapons are carried in modern armies. In several previous classes the tactical tenets and the principles of war and their applicability to war at any level were discussed. Tow missile increase the weapons squads vulnerability especially if a vehicle. The primary audiences for this manual are infantry rifle platoon leaders, platoon sergeants. All infantry squads are not created equal the effect of squad automatics on an infantry squads overall firepower it is still sometimes stated that the german army had better equipment especially tanks and artillery than the enemy armies it faced, particularly in the early years of wwii.
This study analyzes the organization of the us army infantry rifle squad since the end of world war ii, focusing on the attempt to gain and then maintain the capability of fire and. Infantry in battle was prepared by the military history and publications section of the infantry school under the direction of colonel george c. The infantry reconnaissance platoon and squad airborne. Small unit tactics is the application of us army military doctrine for the combat deployment of platoons and smaller units in a particular strategic and logistic environment. Mission the mission of the infantry is to close with the enemy by means of fire and maneuver to defeat or capture. They can operate in a wide range of terrain inaccessible to military vehicles, and can operate with a lower logistical burden.
Tactics 101 093 the infantry platoon armchair general. The two most common were hardees rifle and light infantry tactics and caseys manual of. Infantry tactics are the combination of military concepts and methods used by infantry to achieve tactical objectives during combat. The weapons intended to support the tactical and doctrinal changes were still under development. It will have two m240 type machine guns and two antitank missile systems normally a javelin. This adaptibility allows them to have a symbiotic relationship with armor, artillery, helicopters and other weapon systems. The fire units discussed in this manual are the marine. B2f2837 rifle squad tactics 2 basic officer course rifle squad tactics introduction the marine corps philosophy of warfighting is based on an approach to war called maneuver warfare.
Oct 03, 2017 this video covers some of the fundamental tactics, techniques, and procedures of the rifle squad in offensive combat. As with many guard players i have many, many inantry models and have been looking at how i might want to run them in 8th. The term fire team formation refers to the soldiers relative positions within the fire team. Infantry can more easily recognise, adapt and respond to local conditions, weather, and changing enemy weapons or tactics. It presents the conduct of a squad attack, including the approach march, fire. Maneuvers the squad and controls the rate and distribution of its fire trains the squad members in their individual and collective tasks manages the squads needs, requesting and issuing ammo, water, rations, and equipment keeps track of the squads weapons, clothing, and equipment and directs their maintenance. Fire team formations include the fire team wedge and the fire team file table 32. In defense, automatic rifles are the principal weap ons of the rifle platoons, and except where the platoon is assigned an. Militia unit organization 4 squad rifle platoon a platoon is made up of 24 squads. Operations sieges war crimes wars weapons writers v t e. Infantry platoon tactical standing operating procedure. Achieve a minimum passing score of 80% in overall testing.
The squad had three fire teams of four marines each. Harding planned the book and supervised the preparation and edit of the manuscript. The fire team appeared as doctrine in the marine corps squad later in the war. Download pdf worldwariiinfantryantitanktactics free. This section also discusses the elements of combat power and the skills required of leaders and soldiers at the smallunit level.
Since key battles in future wars will take place in confined cities, infantry squads must modernize with a variety of weapons with more boom and fewer bangs. Squad weapons showcase all us army infantry weapons 2020 this video is a showcase of all us army infantry weapons thats available in squad as of version 18 in 2020. Besides the straight infantry squad, a platoon will also normally be equipped with a weapons squad. Infantry platoon tactical standing operating procedure this publication is an extract mostly from fm 321. Enhancing combat effectiveness, the evolution of the united states army infantry rifle squad since the end of world war ii, by maj timothy m. The us army platoons with a weapons squad should disband them and organize into three larger and lighter squads as described here. The role of the infantry on the battlefield is, typically, to close with and engage the enemy, and hold territorial objectives.
The meaning of the phrase is context sensitive, and. It will also cover what the infantry weapons company brings to the infantry battalion and the battlefield. The primary audiences for this manual are infantry rifle platoon leaders, platoon sergeants, and squad and fire team leaders. Squad symbols the formations in figures 2, 3, and 4 are taken at once upon the following orders, respectively. Mar 23, 2018 at the time of the north korean invasion, the changes made to infantry squad doctrine included a change in tactics and reducing the squads to nine men. The main target audience for this manual includes infantry weapons company. This manual provides doctrine, tactics, techniques and procedures on how infantry rifle platoons and squads fight.
A manual of arms was the book of instruction given to soldiers. We contend that the main purpose of the ifv is to get a fullsize infantry squad or. B2e2657 squad weapons basic officer course 5 0311m271003 given an infantry automatic rife iar, sling, squad day optic sdo, individual field equipment, three 3 magazines, ammunition, and a target, zero a squad day optic sdo to an infantry automatic rifle iar to achieve point of aim poa equals point of impact poi at 100 meters. Weapons handling when moving, it is necessary to carry weapons correctly. The marine corps finished the war with the same man squad design they have today. It covered things from positions of the rifle shoulder arms, order arms, trail arms, etc. It provides the tactical standing operating procedures for infantry platoons and squads and is tailored for rotc cadet use. These principles form the basis for platoon and squad tactics, techniques, procedures, and drills. This class will focus on ground combat offensive operation fundamentals, specifically at the squad. Infantry rifle platoon and squad seton hall university. Apologies if ive missed a thread already, i had a look but couldnt see one focused on the humble infantry squad in the new edition. Distribution to air units is being made by the a2 of army air forces. By 1945, a new generation of revolutionary shoulderfired at weapons was in widespread use.
Infantry unit tactics, tasks, weapons, and organization. The first blitzkrieg campaigns saw the tank achieve a new dominance. The advent of the twelveman rifle squad and its combat history during world war ii covers the addition of these new weapons, their effect upon the squad tactics, and the funci. This section provides the mission of the infantry and the doctrine principles basic to the infantry rifle platoon and squad. This publication is intended for marine corps infantry company and. There were several manuals of arms used during the civil war. New infantry tactics and weapons some of them desperately dangerous had to be adopted, while the armies raced to develop more powerful antitank guns and new light weapons. As the name suggests, the weapons squad can be an extremely lethal unit on the battlefield.581 932 1439 1404 693 1028 1459 673 495 342 61 62 1633 1028 49 118 980 1185 567 1212 1267 1538 1281 644 735 621 485 869 1334 1621 1458 1047 368 305 366 1639 959 190 848 852 1095 1049 1021 726 1050