AND PLATOON BATTLE DRILLS
|BATTLE DRILL 8: CONDUCT INITIAL BREACH OF A MINED WIRE OBSTACLE|
TASK. Conduct Initial Breach of a Mined Obstacle (Platoon) (7-3-D112).
CONDITIONS. The platoon is operating as part of a larger force. The platoon's forward movement is stopped by a wire obstacle reinforced with mines, at night, that cannot be bypassed. The enemy begins to engage the platoon from positions on the far side of the obstacle.
1. The platoon makes a breach in the wire obstacle and moves all effective personnel and equipment through the breach within 45 minutes of entering the obstacle.
2. The platoon moves the support element and follow-on forces through the breach.
3. The platoon maintains a sufficient fighting force to secure the far side of the breach.
1. The squad in contact reacts to contact.
2. The platoon leader, his RTO, the platoon FO, and one machine gun team move forward to link up with the squad leader of the squad in contact.
The platoon leader determines that he can maneuver by identifying the following
through his AN/PVS-7B:
4. The platoon leader directs one squad to support the movement of another squad to the breach point. He indicates the base of fire position, the route to it, the enemy position suppressed, the breach point, and the route the rest of the platoon will take to it. He also gives instructions for lifting and shifting fires.
5. The platoon leader designates one squad as the breach squad and the remaining squad as the assault squad once the breach has been made. (The assault squad may add its fires to the base of fire squad. Normally, it follows the covered and concealed route of the breach squad and assaults through immediately after the breach is made.)
6. The designated squad moves to the breach point and establishes a base of fire. Like the previous battle drills, the squad leader designates targets and the left and right limits with his hand-held laser pointer. Team leaders control fires with AN/PAQ-4 while team members key in on the team leader's tracers with their AN/PAQ-4 to place accurate fires on the enemy positions.
7. The platoon sergeant moves forward to the base of fire squad with the second machine gun and assumes control of the squad. He uses his hand-held laser pointer to assign new sectors of fire.
On the platoon leader's signal, the base of fire squad:
9. The platoon leader designates the breach point with his hand-held laser pointer and leads the breach and assault squads along covered and concealed routes.
10. The platoon FO calls for and adjusts indirect fires as directed by the platoon leader.
The breach squad executes actions to breach the obstacle (footpath).
12. The breach squad leader reports the situation to the platoon leader and posts guides at the breach point.
13. The platoon leader leads the assault squad through the breach in the obstacle and positions it on the far side to support the movement of the remainder of the platoon or to assault the enemy position covering the obstacle.
14. The platoon leader reports the situation to the company commander and directs his breaching squad to move up and through the obstacle. The platoon leader appoints guides to assist the company through the breach point.
15. The company follows up the success of the platoon as it conducts the breach and continues the assault against the enemy position.
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