In this article, the first in a series of three,
Marius Bester provides us with a general overview of Infantry tactics and
tactics in general.
a) Infantry have to deal with everything they come across, they can't bypass anything.
b) Infantry have two main functions:
b1) to defeat enemy infantry by firepower and/or melee;
b2) to conquer and occupy ground.
c) To achieve the above functions infantry commanders must decide to attack and/or defend based on the following criteria:
c1) the strength of his forces;
c2) the strength of the enemy;
c3) the terrain.
Remember though: when defending you lose initiative;
when attacking you will suffer more casualties.
d) Always consider where and when the critical point of the battle is going to be (ie the place and time where the outcome of the battle will be decided) and then get more troops there than your enemy can.
e) The easiest way to break the enemy's line is to attack where
e1) he is the weakest; and/or
e2) he can bring only a limited amount of firepower to bear; and/or
e3) he can't reinforce his troops.
f) The best way to achieve the above is to tie down a disproportionate amount of enemy troops by
f1) feint attack;
f2) suppressive artillery fire (remember to use artillery conservatively though);
f3) a demonstration of strength.
g) When defending, two options are available:
g1) defending in depth, but this may leave your flanks open;
g2 defending as an extended line, but this may leave weaknesses along that line.