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PATROLLING. “ In warfare, patrolling is the basis of success. It not only gives eyes to the side that excels at it, and blinds its opponents, but through.

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2 “ In warfare, patrolling is the basis of success. It not only gives eyes to the side that excels at it, and blinds its opponents, but through it the soldier learns to move confidently in the element in which he works” Field Marshall Viscount Slim KG GCB GCME GCVO CBE DSO MC

3 Patrolling The Aims of Patrolling Types of Patrol Co-Ordination and Planning of Patrols Rehearsals Weapons and Equipment Conduct of Patrols Debriefing and Patrol Reports

4 The Aims of Patrolling 1. To obtain information 2. To disrupt or destroy enemy forces 3. To dominate “No Man’s Land”

5 1. To Obtain Information Plan needs accurate info Patrols reliable means of acquiring it

6 2. To Disrupt Or Destroy Enemy Forces Day and night All phases of war Good on own morale Bad on enemy morale Often used in counter-revolutionary warfare - like Northern Ireland

7 3. To dominate “No Man’s Land” Key to aggression in defence

8 Types of Patrol Recce patrols Standing Patrols Fighting Patrols

9 Recce Patrols Use observation and stealth Minimum equipment Fight only in self-defence

10 Tasks of Recce Patrols Collection of topographical info Location of enemy positions Details of known enemy positions, minefields and obstacles Obtaining info on enemy habits, equipment,movements and routes used

11 Tasks of Recce Patrols Checking our own minefields and obstacles Conducting RADIAC

12 Standing Patrols Normally used in defence Early warning Small, easily concealed Good comms Indirect fire support

13 Tasks of a Standing Patrol Watch and listen on likely enemy approaches Cover dead ground Cover minefields and obstacles which cannot be covered by main position During mobile defence, prevent infiltration into unoccupied hides or battle positions

14 Standing Patrols In work phase of Defence, position past limit of hearing Equipped with LAW Remote Ground Sensors (RGS) can assist, not replace Observation Posts (OPs)

15 Standby Patrols Ready to fight as per a fighting patrol Provide assistance to other patrols after contact Take on tasking from patrol in difficulty Follow up contacts Follow up on info

16 Fighting Patrols Specific tasks Manned and equipped to fight Minimum platoon strength

17 Tasks of Fighting Patrols Denying enemy patrols freedom of action Destroying/disrupting enemy protective patrols - standing patrols, listening posts Harassing enemy working parties

18 Tasks of Fighting Patrols Distract enemy as part of deception plan Raids Protect recce and work parties of other arms Ambushes

19 Co-Ordination and Planning of Patrols Must be responsibility of one officer Responsibilities: Keeping patrol reports for reference Patrol situation map Passing info to patrol comds Deconfliction Warn friendly units of times and routes

20 Co-Ordination and Planning of Patrols Full battle procedure Study maps, aerial photos, int and patrol reports

21 Rehearsals Help to understand orders Noisy Rehearsals Silent Rehearsals Realistic as possible Thoroughness vital

22 Rehearsals Must Cover Order of march Changing formation or direction Obstacle crossings Action on enemy Action on halts and RVs Action on objective Special Signals

23 Rehearsals Must Cover Action on lights CASEVAC and PW escort Action on lost or separated Action on re-entry to own lines or position Different routes in and out ASK if in doubt

24 Weapons and Equipment Dictated by task / type of patrol Single /automatic fire Bayonets Flares - pre-prepared Webbing - proper fit, noiseless Smooth surfaces camouflaged Waterproofs

25 Weapons and Equipment Normal issue boots should be worn NB method of recording info - dictaphone, pencil and paper Maps unmarked in case of capture CWS - carry SUSAT as well Navigation - shaded torch, pacing

26 Conduct of Patrols Final inspection Don’t take info on you Noise at night - ears better than eyes, yours and the enemy’s Formations and drills simple Check on man following Close up on halts for passage of info Comd close to, not at, the front

27 Conduct of Patrols Radio Op - next to comd; know codewords, report lines etc Route in different from route out Routes broken into legs RVs between legs (!) - listening halts ERVs - rallying points on dispersal Avoid obvious routes / cover

28 Conduct of Patrols Last RV is FRV - Final RV Must be recced and secured Final kit adjustments in FRV Reorg back in FRV after action on objective

29 Debriefing and Patrol Reports Debriefing and reports vital to full value of patrol Earliest possible Written report Sketches very useful Debrief by officer who briefed patrol



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