Infantry Drills

2-106: Line

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2-106. When assaulting a weakly defended objective, crossing open areas, or occupying a support-by-fire position, the platoon mainly uses the line formation shown in figure 2-20, page 2-40. The platoon can use the line formation in the assault to maximize the platoon’s firepower and shock effect. The platoon normally uses the line formation when no terrain remains between it and the enemy, when the platoon has suppressed the enemy’s AT weapons, or when the platoon is vulnerable to artillery fire and must move fast.

Figure 2-20. Line formation

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