Infantry Drills

F-58: Engagement and Employment

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F-58. The mission is to impose maximum attrition upon the attacking enemy such as low-flying, low-performance aircraft. Employment of machine guns used for air defense is guided by the following defensive design factors:

  • Defensive design should produce an equally balanced defense in all directions, unless a forced route of approach exists.
  • Machine guns should be sited so the maximum number of targets can be engaged, continuous fire can be delivered, and likely routes of approach are covered.
  • Machine guns used to defend march columns should be interspersed in the convoy, with emphasis on the lead and rear elements. (See figure F-16.)
Figure F-16. March column with four machine guns

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