Standing Orders Command Zug
After the hard fight at Avellino we have many new recruits who have not had time to gel as a unit. Therefore I have decided to issue some standing orders to ensure we operate as a squad and not a rabble. As battle is immenent I shall keep things simple.
We will move out in patrol formation either single or double file. As can be seen from the diagram below each soldat has an area that he must cover. You do not have to look all around for the enemy just concentrate on your arc, your comrades will cover your flanks. The rear most man must also turn around from time to time to check our six. The man 2nd from rear must also check on tail end charlie from time to time.
When you spot the enemy, alert your comrades either verbally or by hand signals. If verbally this may be "contact left 3 men moving to our right" if the enemy are so close you do not want to give away our position, point at the enemy and hold up fingers to indicate their numbers.
If fired upon immediately return fire with a short snapshot to make the enemy find cover and get into cover yourself. Shout out contact, direction and numbers to alert your comrades.
The squad leader /NCO will pass on orders using the basic hand signals below, when in patrol formation each member of the squad needs to repeat these signals so that they are passed down the line.
We will be splitting down the squad into 2 Gruppen for tactical convenience. Lutz has been appointed assistant squad leader and will command second gruppe.
When attacking frontally one gruppe will lay down supressive fire while the other gruppe advances. The advance should only be a short bound, ten steps or so, pick an item of cover ahead of you and move rapidly towards its. As soon as you arrive start laying down suppressive fire for the other group who will be moving forward. Gruppe leaders will order each advance but you need to start laying down suppressive as soon as you arrive at your piece of cover.
If withdrawing we reverse the process, one gruppe lays down suppressive fire while the other withdraws a short bound etc.
The Gruppe system also allows us to use one group to lay suppressive fire while the other flanks the enemy position.
I know its difficult when you have a group who are not used to fighting together to make these things work but there seems to be interest in doing this so lets see if we can give it a go and give the 34th a fight.
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