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Posted on Nov 1, 2006 in Front Page Features, Tactics101

Tactics 101: 009. The Reserve

By Rick Baillergeon and John Sutherland

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Decision Point 5: Commit the reserve in the center in support of 3 Bde

Enemy: Enemy forces in the center have crossed Phase Line (PL) Black in 3 Bde AO and are in position to cross PL Black shortly. They have recognized their success in the center and are shifting combat power there in order to create a penetration and divide our defense in two.

Friendly: 1 Bde (ME) retains its sector. 2 Bde is decisively engaged and cannot reposition forces. The east and west flanks are retaining their positions.

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Mission: The reserve attacks to block penetration south of PL Blue in the 3 Bde area in order to prevent the bypass of 3 Bde and the possible envelopment of the 1 Bde (ME) from the east.

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Decision Point 6: Commit the reserve to EA Cut in support of 3 Bde

Enemy: Enemy forces have passed through EA Burn and are about to pass through EA Cut.

Friendly: 1 Bde (ME) retains its sector and is decisively engaged. 3 Bde and 2 Bde are decisively engaged and cannot reposition forces. There is no danger of penetration in any other area.

Mission: The reserve attacks by fire in order to destroy enemy forces in EA Cut in order to prevent the penetration of 3 Bde the envelopment of 1 Bde (ME) from the east.

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