Infantry Drills

2-34: Suppress

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2-34. A platoon or squad has suppressed an enemy when the enemy cannot prevent our forces from accomplishing their mission. It is a temporary measure. The platoon can use direct fire or call in indirect and obscuring fires. Units in support and attack by fire positions often use suppressive fires to accomplish their mission. It is often used by the platoon during an attack to—

  • Allow further movement of friendly forces.
  • Isolate an objective by suppressing enemy units in mutually supporting positions.
  • Cover the dismounted assault element from the line of departure (LD) to the objective.

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