Infantry Drills

3-52: Approach of the Enemy Main Attack

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3-52. The platoon engages the enemy at a time and place where direct and indirect fire systems are maximized to achieve success within his designated area of operation. If available, as the enemy’s assault force approaches the engagement area, the platoon may initiate CAS to weaken the enemy. Friendly forces occupy their actual defensive positions before the enemy reaches direct fire range and may shift positions in response to enemy actions or other tactical factors.

Note. Long-range fires might be withheld in accordance with a higher
commander’s intent.

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