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To counter-attack by fire
(Mission/task Verb) Fires (direct and indirect) employed to destroy the enemy from a distance, normally used when the mission does not dictate or support occupation of the objective. This task is usually given to the supporting element during the offensive (see also support by fire position) and as a counter-attack option for the reserve during defensive operations. An attack by fire is not done in conjunction with a manoeuvring force. When given this task, the intent of the fires must be specified.
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To Attack by fire position
(Mission/task Verb) Fires employed to destroy the enemy from a distance, normally used when the mission does not dictate or support occupation of the objective. This task is usually given to the supporting element during the offensive and as a counter-attack option for the reserve during defensive operations.
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To follow and support
(Mission/task Verb) An operation in which a committed force follows and supports the mission accomplishment of a force conducting an offensive operation. Such a force is not a reserve but is committed to accomplish any or all of these tasks: destroy bypassed units, relieve in place any direct pressure or encircling force that has halted to contain the enemy; block movement of enemy reinforcements; secure lines of communications; guard prisoners, key areas, and installations; secure key terrain; and control refugees.
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To cover - Security
(Mission/task Verb) Covering Force: A force operating apart from the main force for the purpose of intercepting, delaying, disorganizing, and deceiving the enemy before he can attack the force covered. Any body or detachment of troops which provides security for a larger force by observation, reconnaissance, attack, or defense, or by any combination of these methods.
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To withdraw under pressure
(Mission/task Verb) Most often used within a mobile defense concept of operations, this task verb is used for units within the main defensive area and is designed to deceive the enemy into believing he is gaining success. Ultimately, the effect of this task is position the enemy for destruction, shaping him into a specific piece of terrain (normally a killing zone) within the MDA.
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To follow and assume
(Mission/task Verb) An operation in which a committed force follows a force conducting offensive operations and is prepared to continue the mission of the force it is following when that force is fixed, attrited, or otherwise unable to continue. Such a force is not a reserve but is committed to accomplish specified tasks.
To guard: Given to a a security element whose primary task is to protect the main force by fighting to gain time, while also observing and reporting information.
1099
To counter-attack
(Mission/task Verb) Attack by a part or all of a defending force against an enemy attacking force, for such specific purposes as regaining ground lost or cutting off or destroying enemy advance units, and with the general objective of denying to the enemy the attainment of his purpose in attacking. In sustained defensive operations, it is undertaken to restore the battle position and is directed at limited objectives.
1094
To support by fire position
(Mission/task Verb) Given to a manoeuvre element, it moves to a position on the battlefield where it can engage the enemy by direct fire. The manoeuvre element does not attempt to manoeuvre to capture enemy forces or terrain.
1078
MOC
Military Occupation Code. Expressed as a 2 digit (officer) or a 3 digit (NCM) number.
1065
To disrupt
(Mission/task Verb) A tactical task or obstacle effect (that integrates fire planning and obstacle effort) that breaks apart an enemy's formation and tempo, interrupts the enemy's time table, causes premature commitment of forces, and/or splinters their attack.
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Today in Military History

February 24



1303:

Battle of Roslin Glen, Scottish victory in the bloodiest battle ever fought in Scotland.


1838:

Battle of Fighting Island. A force of 2,000 Canadian Militia and British regulars cross the frozen Detroit River in order to dislodge 150 ill-equipped republicans of William Lyon Mackenie's "Patriot Army of the North-West". After a brief exchange of fire, the rebels flee over the ice to the American side of the border.


1900:

In South Africa, Sergeant Firth of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment twice braved enemy fire to rescue wounded men. He was badly wounded in the face on the second occasion. Elsewhere, near Colenso, Lieutenant Inkson of the Royal Army Medical Corps also rescued a wounded man, carrying a maimed fellow officer to safety for some 400 yards through heavy fire. Inkson and Firth each received the Victoria Cross.


1901:

Corporal Clements of Rimington's Guides suffered a bullet in the lungs during a skirmish with Boers. Lying alone, the Boers called on him to surrender, but he instead chose to fight on, and killed three of his opponents at close range. The others promptly chose to surrender to him instead. Clements survived his wound and received the Victoria Cross.


1915:

Armentières France - Canadian Corps takes over 6.5 km section of trench line near Armentières.


1917:

Washington DC - German plan to get Mexican help in WW I exposed by US Naval intelligence; Zimmerman telegram


1940:

Germans revise plan for attack to West to include panzer assault through Ardennes


1944:

Bomber Command attacked Schweinfurt, the main German industrial centre for ball-bearing production, perceived as a bottle-neck industry which could seriously affect armaments production. 734 aircraft took part, following a USAAF raid the previous day. The RAF tried a new tactic, dispatching the force in two waves separated by two hours, in the hope that the Germans would exhaust their night-fighters against the first wave, leaving a clear run for the second. This apparently worked, since of the 33 aircraft lost, only four from the second wave were thought to have fallen to fighter attack. The bombing, however, proved relatively ineffective, with many aircraft dropping short.


1944:

HMCS WASKESIU picks upa Submarine in the early morning. After 2 hours of depth charging, the contact was lost. At 0530, she regains the contact and blankets the U-Boat with everything from 4" HE shells to 20 mm Oerlikon and Bren Gun Fire. As the da


1965:

Operation Rolling Thunder, sustained American bombing of North Vietnam, begins


1991:

Canada's "Desert Cats" fighter squadron, stationed in Qatar, makes its first ground attack sorties against Iraqi targets


1991:

Iraq - Saddam Hussein refuses Allied ultimatum to leave Kuwait; US and Allies begin ground war assault on Iraqi troops




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