APPENDIX II

TWELVE WEEK NIGHT TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR ARMORED INFANTRY TROOPS

Note. Close combat training should be given first individually, then squad against squad, and should be based on small unit actions involving antipartisan warfare, combat patrols, and counterattacks. Individual training should be conducted in slow motion under supervision.

First week

Weapons Training Firing practice Combat training
Locking and loading of weapons; preliminary marksmanship on transition range.   Observation and sound detection exercises; orientationby the moon, stars, compass, and landmarks; terrainappreciation and utilisation; ranger tactics; estimat- ing distances; concealment and excavation In thedark.

Second week

Weapons Training Firing practice Combat training
Individual weapons training; lockingand loading; setting up firing posi.tions; aiming at light and muzzleflashwader varying conditions of visibility;emplacing weapons for defense; andpreparing machine gun for action.   Setting up and securing bivouac; unobserved approachto same by alternating squads; night movement;camouflage; second exercise in estimating distances;patrol training; competitive squad exercises; creepIng and crawling; suppression of noises made byequipment; utilisation of terrain under differentlight conditions during the hours of darkness; changeIn concealment and means of orientation at dawn;security of bivouac area at dawn combined withsquad patrol exercises.

Third week

Weapons Training Firing practice Combat training
Individual weapons training; rifle andsubmachine gun marksmanship during darkness; aiming weapons atmuzzle flashes and by direction ofsounds. Night firing Noiseless removal of obstructions; movement Intoenemy lines; hand-to-hand combat to Include jiu-jitsu, bayonet training, lassoing, clubbing, etc.;approach and withdrawal marches simulating com-bat conditions.

Fourth week

Weapons Training Firing practice Combat training
Grenade throwing with practice grenades. Live grenades (emphasis on precision and long-range throwing). Deployment from moving columns; transmission ofmessages; maintenance of contact; security patrols; penetration of a position involving hand-to-hand fighting; outflanking a position; defense against counterattack; pursuit; shifting to the defensive;cooperation with supporting weapons; prepared attack at dawn; cross-country march; reinforced point security; orienting and repelling enemy counterattacks; all-around security; employment of heavy weapons; noiseless clearance of obstacles; motorized reconnaissance.

Specialized training, third to eighth week

The entire specialized training program for armored personnel carrier, heavy machine gun, Infantry cannon, mortar and bazooka crews and drivers included In the 8‑week schedule must be repeated at night and Incorporated In the light weapons squad training to perfect combined arms teamwork. During firing practice the light weapons squad should, If possible, be placed In such a way that the heavy weapons can fire overhead, even at night, safety considerations permitting.

Fifth week

Firing practice Combat training
Night firing with small arms and heavy weapons. Construction of entrenchments; use of entrenching tools; preparation for defense; construction of obstacles; sentry dutyand conduct In position; fire fight; co-operation with heavyweapons in defense; relief and evacuation of a position duringdarkness as a result of an enemy attack; enemy penetration and counterattack; close-combat training; use of armored personnel carriers; approach and return of patrols; night marches; forcedmarches under simulated air attack; establishment of tent camp; precautions against noises, lights at night; retrograde movement under heavy enemy pressure, involving formation of covering force.

Sixth week

Firing practice Combat training
Night firing; hasty snap- shot firing with rifle, pistol, and submachinegun. Forest fighting; fighting in inhabited localities; fighting against partisans; night attack against airborne troops; employment of armored personnel carriers and heavy weapons; teamwork with tanks at night; fighting against tanks at night with antitank close-combat weapons; at dawn-preparations for river crossing,crossing on pneumatic floats, establishment of a bridgehead, and defense of the bridgehead.

Seventh week

Firing practice Combat training
Night firing; hasty and snapshot firing with automatic rifle; firing from hip with machinegun. Combat patrol training; infiltration and raids; hand-to-hand fighting; overpowering garrison occupying a trench; posting of rearguards; overcoming march obstacles, such as mine fields and terrain contamination; attack by infiltrating an enemy position; preparation for defense; dawn attack against MLR.

Eigth week

Firing practice Combat training
  24 hour company problem to Include: daytime assembly; attack. penetration; switch to defensive, and entrenchment; night construction of defensive positions, teamwork with heavy weapons, night supply operations, relief, repelling attack, sealing off penetration, and counterattack; dawn attack with armored personnel carriers and tanks from prepared positlons.

Advanced training, ninth to twelfth week

Repetition of all Important phases and elimination of all deficiencies. Particular emphasis should be placed on squad and platoon firing practice at night, in coordination with heavy weapons and If possible with tanks. Penetration Into prepared positions should be practiced with live ammunition and hand grenades. Night attack by combat patrols should be staged repeatedly with live ammunition. Close antitank combat should be practiced until completely mastered.


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