Tactics, Volume I (of 2)
Introduction and Formal Tactics of Infantry
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Tactics, Volume I (of 2) Introduction and Formal Tactics of Infantry

By William Balck
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  • TACTICS Volume I--Introduction and Formal Tactics of Infantry
  • TRANSLATOR’S PREFACE.
  • PREFACE.
  • CONTENTS.
  • ABBREVIATIONS USED IN THIS TRANSLATION.
  • INTRODUCTION.
    • 1. WAR.
    • 2. STRATEGY AND TACTICS.
    • 3. THE METHOD OF INSTRUCTION.
    • 4. DRILL REGULATIONS.
  • THE FORMAL TACTICS OF INFANTRY.
    • I. ORGANIZATION AND EQUIPMENT.
      • 1. THE IMPORTANCE AND EMPLOYMENT OF INFANTRY.
      • 2. THE TACTICAL UNIT.
      • 3. ORGANIZATION.
      • 4. INTRENCHING TOOL EQUIPMENT.
      • 5. THE LOAD OF THE INFANTRYMAN.
    • II. THE FORMATIONS.
      • 1. THE ISSUE OF ORDERS.
      • 2. THE PURPOSE OF FORMATIONS. COMPARISON BETWEEN LINE AND COLUMN.
      • 3. THE COMPANY.
      • 4. LENGTH OF PACE AND MARCHING.
      • 5. MOVEMENTS OF THE COMPANY IN LINE.
      • 6. THE COLUMNS OF THE COMPANY; MOVEMENTS IN COLUMN; FORMATION OF LINE.
      • 7. THE BATTALION.
      • 8. THE REGIMENT AND THE BRIGADE.
      • 9. EXTENDED ORDER.
      • 10. SUPPORTS. (Pars. 222-228 and 341 German I. D. R.).
      • 11. COMPARISON BETWEEN CLOSE AND EXTENDED ORDER.
    • III. THE POWER OF FIREARMS AND EXPEDIENTS FOR MINIMIZING LOSSES.
      • A. THE POWER OF FIELD ARTILLERY.
      • 2. THE LIGHT FIELD HOWITZER.
      • 3. THE HEAVY FIELD HOWITZER.
      • 4. EXPEDIENTS FOR MINIMIZING THE EFFECT OF FIRE.
      • 5. THE RESULTS OBTAINED BY ARTILLERY AGAINST VARIOUS TARGETS.
      • B. INFANTRY FIRE.
      • 2. THE EFFECT OF “S” BULLETS ON MATERIALS.
    • IV. THE EMPLOYMENT OF INFANTRY FIRE.
      • 1. FIRE DISCIPLINE.
      • 2. FIRE CONTROL AND FIRE DIRECTION.
      • 3. SELECTION OF THE LINE TO BE OCCUPIED.
      • 4. THE STRENGTH OF THE FIRING LINE.
      • 5. ASCERTAINING RANGES. (Pars. 78-98, 190 and 191 German I. F. R.).
      • 6. SELECTION OF A TARGET AND TIME FOR OPENING FIRE.
      • 7. PAUSES IN THE FIRE.
      • 8. KINDS OF FIRE.
      • 9. REAR SIGHT ELEVATIONS AND POINTS OF AIM.
      • 10. COMMANDS.
      • 11. THE OBSERVATION OF THE FIRE.
      • 12. THE EFFECT OF FIRE.
      • 13. LOSSES IN ACTION.
      • 14. THE MORAL EFFECT OF FIRE.
    • V. DEPLOYMENTS FOR ACTION.
      • 1. NORMAL PROCEDURE.
      • 2. CONCENTRATION, DEVELOPMENT, AND DEPLOYMENT FOR ACTION.
      • 3. THE BATTALION, THE REGIMENT, AND THE BRIGADE.
      • 4. DISTRIBUTION IN DEPTH AND FRONTAGE OF COMBAT FORMATIONS.
      • 5. COMBAT ORDERS.
      • 6. COMMUNICATION ON THE BATTLEFIELD.
      • 7. LOCAL RECONNAISSANCE OF THE INFANTRY. (Pars. 305, 319, 355, 363 and 376 German I. D. R.).
      • 8. THE IMPORTANCE OF THE TERRAIN.
    • VI. MACHINE GUNS.
      • 1. DEVELOPMENT OF THE ARM.
      • 2. THE POWER OF MACHINE GUNS.
      • 3. INFANTRY VERSUS MACHINE GUNS.
      • 4. MACHINE GUNS IN GERMANY.
      • 5. GOING INTO POSITION.
      • 6. THE FIRE FIGHT.
      • 7. MACHINE GUNS IN OTHER COUNTRIES.
      • 8. THE EMPLOYMENT OF MACHINE GUN BATTERIES.
    • VII. INFANTRY VERSUS CAVALRY. (Par. 451 German I. D. R.).
      • The Charge of the French Cuirassiers of the Guard at Vionville.
      • Provisions of Various Regulations.
    • VIII. INFANTRY VERSUS ARTILLERY.
      • 1. THE PASSAGE OF INFANTRY THROUGH ARTILLERY LINES.
      • 2. THE ADVANCE UNDER ARTILLERY FIRE.
      • 3. FIRING ON ARTILLERY IN POSITION
    • IX. THE ATTACK.
      • 1. THE SURPRISE.
      • 2. THE RENCONTRE. (Pars. 315-317 and 352-361 German I. D. R.).
    • X. THE ATTACK ON AN ENEMY DEPLOYED FOR DEFENSE.
      • 1. LESSONS OF WAR.
      • 2. THE CONDITIONS UPON WHICH SUCCESS DEPENDS.
      • 3. PREPARATION OF THE ATTACK.
      • 4. THE COÖPERATION OF INFANTRY AND ARTILLERY IN BATTLE.
      • 5. THE POINT OF ATTACK.
      • 6. ENVELOPMENT. (Pars. 392-396 German I. D. R.).
      • 7. REMOVAL OF PACKS.
      • 8. THE EMPLOYMENT OF MACHINE GUNS.
      • 9. THE CONDUCT OF THE ATTACK.
      • 10. THE ASSAULT.
      • 11. THE USE OF THE SPADE IN ATTACK. (Pars. 157, 313, 339, 380 and 381 German I. D. R.).
      • 12. THE EMPLOYMENT OF RESERVES. (Pars. 294, 295, 366, 388, 393, 427 and 436 German I. D. R.).
      • 13. THE CONDUCT OF THE LEADERS IN ACTION.
      • 14. UNITED ACTION VERSUS TACTICAL MISSIONS.
    • XI. THE DEFENSE.
      • 1. THE PASSIVE DEFENSE
      • 2. THE DEFENSE SEEKING A DECISION.
      • 3. FORTIFYING THE POSITION.
      • 4. THE CONDUCT OF THE DEFENSE.
      • 5. THE COUNTER-ATTACK.
    • XII. THE RETREAT. (Par. 426 German I. D. R.).
    • XIII. CONTAINING ACTIONS.
      • THE DELAYING ACTION AND THE HOLDING ATTACK.
    • XIV. THE INFANTRY COMBAT ACCORDING TO VARIOUS DRILL REGULATIONS.
      • THE AUSTRIAN DRILL REGULATIONS OF 1903.
      • THE FRENCH DRILL REGULATIONS OF 1904.
      • THE BRITISH DRILL REGULATIONS OF 1905.
      • THE JAPANESE DRILL REGULATIONS OF 1907.
      • THE RUSSIAN DRILL REGULATIONS OF 1907.
      • THE SWISS DRILL REGULATIONS OF 1908.
    • XV. THE EXPENDITURE AND SUPPLY OF AMMUNITION.
      • 1. HISTORICAL SKETCH.
      • 2. REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE SUPPLY OF AMMUNITION IN THE VARIOUS ARMIES.
      • 3. WHAT DEDUCTIONS MAY BE MADE FROM THE REGULATIONS OF THE VARIOUS ARMIES.
    • INDEX.
    • INDEX OF EXAMPLES FROM MILITARY HISTORY.
  • Transcriber’s Notes
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