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PREMIUM CONTENT: BATTLE HANDLING OF THE SA INFANTRY
Counter-insurgency Infantry
 
PREMIUM CONTENT: THE COUNTER-INSURGENCY INFANTRY BATTALION

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COUNTER-INSURGENCY HANDBOOK: UNIT LEVEL

THE USE OF DIFFERENT COMBAT SERVICES

INFANTRY

INTRODUCTION

25.  Infantry plays a dominant role in COIN-operations because:

a.     The inherent characteristics of the infantry makes...

b.     The nature of the operation and the...

c.     The infantry unit that...

THE COUNTER-INSURGENCY INFANTRY BATTALION

26.  The battalion comprises of a headquarters, a support company, and three rifle companies. A light workshop troop, signals troop and some medical personnel are also attached. (See the Diagram of Organisation.)

27.  Battalion Headquarters. Controls the...

28.  Support Company. This company comprises of...

a.     Administration Platoon. Comprises of...

b.     Mortar Platoon. Comprises of...

c.     Tracker Platoon. Comprises of...

d.     Machinegun Platoon. Comprises of...

e.     Assault Pioneer Platoon. Comprises of...

29.  Rifle Companies. The rifle companies contain the...

TASKS

30.  Rifle Company. To list and describe all the tasks...

31.  Mortar Platoon

a.     Expulsion. To...

b.     Cutting off...

c.     Harassment...

d.     Deception...

e.     Defensive...

f.     Support...

g.     Lighting...

h.     Shielding and...

i.     Control of...

j.     Target...

k.     Utilisation...

32.  Tracker Platoon.

a.     Trackers. The main tasks of the trackers are...

b.     Snipers

                                   i.      Watching..

                                ii.      Protection of..

                            iii.      Dominating...

                                iv.      Counter...

                                   v.      Special tasks...   

                                vi.      Manning of...

33.  Machinegun Platoon

a.     Base...

b.     Supporting...

c.     Protection of...

d.     Border...

e.     Target...

f.     Utilisation...

34.  Assault Pioneer Platoon

a.     Locating...

b.     Lifting and...

c.     Building...

d.     Defence...

e.     Water...

f.     Clearing...

g.     Demo...

h.     Limited...

i.     Lay of...

j.     Crater...

k.     Raft...

l.     Civil affairs...

35.  Communications. See the Radio Diagram for the counter-insurgency infantry battalion.

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Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET

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