Infantry Drills

E-7: Protection

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E-7. The following are ways combat vehicles protect an Infantry platoon or squads during combat operations:

  • Dominate the objective during consolidation and reorganization to defeat a counterattack and protect Infantry forces.
  • Protect the movement of advancing Infantry through open terrain with limited cover and concealment.
  • Secure cleared portions of the objective by covering avenues of approach.
  • Establish roadblocks or checkpoints.
  • Provide limited obscuration with smoke grenades and smoke generators.
  • Isolate objectives with direct fire to prevent enemy withdrawal, reinforcement, or counterattack.

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