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AMBUSHES. The Aim What is an Ambush - Sites and Categories Principles of Ambush Layout of an Ambush Preparation and Occupation Procedure when Ambush Set.

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1 AMBUSHES

2 The Aim What is an Ambush - Sites and Categories Principles of Ambush Layout of an Ambush Preparation and Occupation Procedure when Ambush Set

3 THE AIM To teach you the principles and practice of the skill of ambushing To give you an idea of the kind of discipline involved in ambushing To give you a theoretical background for when you practice in the field

4 WHAT IS AN AMBUSH A Surprise Attack By A Force Lying In Wait Does not require holding of ground Ranges under 100m Demoralises and disrupts the enemy Requires high level of fieldcraft, and extreme self-discipline

5 Ambush Sites Known or suspected enemy routes Admin areas, supply and water points Areas of marked change in vegetation Probable lines of enemy withdrawal Approaches to our harbours and def posn Withdrawal route from an ambush site

6 Categories of Ambush Deliberate Immediate

7 Deliberate Ambush Carefully planned and executed beforehand Time for recce, rehearsals, planning etc Size may vary from platoon or larger

8 Immediate Ambush Minimum planning Either opportunistic or Contact Drill Success depends on initiative and slick drills

9 TYPES OF AMBUSH TRIANGULAR ‘T’ Shape LINEAR

10 Ambush groups Cut offs placed for early warning and flank security Killing group contains the most firepower positioned to cover the killing area Rear protection group in long term

11 Direction of Approach Claymores Killing Gp - 2 Sect Killing Gp - 1 Sect 3 Sect KILLING AREA LAYOUT OF A PLATOON “ T ” BASIC AMBUSH (Short Term)

12 Direction of Approach Claymores Killing Gp - 2 Sect Flank Group 3 Sect KILLING AREA LAYOUT OF A PL TRIANGULAR BASIC AMBUSH (Short Term) Flank Group 1 Sect

13 Claymores KILLING AREA LAYOUT OF A PL TRIANGULAR BASIC AMBUSH (Long Term) En approach Withdrawal Route

14 PRINCIPLES A - ADVANCE PREPARATION M - MAX FIRE POWER B - BATTLE DISCIPLINE U - UNSEEN UNHEARED S - SECURITY,SIMPLICITY AND SPEED H - HOME RUN

15 ADVANCE PREPARATION MISSION ENEMY FRIENDLY FORCES SURPRISE AND SECURITY FIRE SUPPORT GROUND OBSTACLES

16 ADVANCE PREPARATION CONTROL AND SIGNALS EQUIPMENT GROUPING COMMUNICATIONS LAYOUT OF AMBUSH ADMINISTRATION CASUALTIES NIGHT AND DAY AMBUSH

17 MAXIMUM FIREPOWER Success depends on surprise and inflicting maximum casulties quickly. GPMGs CLAYMORES Mortars/arty

18 BATTLE DISCIPLINE Perfect cam and concealment No noise on move in or when in position Weapons made ready

19 UNSEEN & UNHEARD No unnecessary movement No smoking, cooking, coughing or snoring No tracks or signs in area Silent comms

20 SECURITY, SIMPLICITY AND SPEED Security during recce and occupation Simplicity in plan and layout for control, and in signals for springing Speed in setting up and withdrawal

21 HOME RUN Drill to cover withdrawal, routes and RV’s Pre-planned actions if EN counter attack Use of covering fire by Mor/Arty

22 CONTROL of the ambush Controlled move into ambush position Signal for ambush set Method of relieving groups Method of alerting ambush party on approach to Enemy Signal for opening fire Signal for cease fire Signal for searchers Signal for withdrawal

23 summary An ambush is a surprise attack by a force lying in wait Its success depends on slick drills and everyone understanding their part in it Understanding what the signals for controlling the ambush are and Understanding the mnemonic AMBUSH

24 QUESTIONS


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