Infantry Drills

H-73: Marking and Crossing the Minefield

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H-73. Lane marking allows the leader to project the platoon or squad through the obstacle quickly with combat power. It also gives Infantry platoons or squad’s confidence in the safety of the lane and helps prevent unnecessary minefield casualties.

H-74. Once a footpath has been probed and mines marked or reduced, a security team should cross the minefield to secure the far side. After the far side is secure, the rest of the unit should cross. If mines and trip wires have been identified but not reduced, the mine and line of the trip wire are marked along the ground surface, 12 inches before the trip wire. (See figure H-11.)

Figure H-11. Marking a footpath

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