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ARTILLERY IN THE ATTACK Fires overlap target

The principle of artillery in the attack UNIT)
is to neutralize the enemy force so Achieve technical requirements
that our manoeuvre forces can for Registration, target
assault, seize and hold their circulation
captured objectives
Equipment Considerations
Key Points to remember: Field Guns
the amount of artillery support Shape and size splinter
available will influence the pattern
tactical plan Ideal for providing close fire
phases of the attack support to assaulting troops.
direction of the assaulting Normally used in DS role for
force infantry units/formations
Weight of fire must be
concentrated on the main effort Medium Guns
of the attack Larger splinter pattern
A portion of fire support must be extended range - Ideal for use
held in superimposition to in prosecuting the depth
account for any unforeseen battle
contingencies. Normally used in GS role
A Reserve of Ammunition is Limited top traverse
required in all phases of a fire
plan; use 20% as a guide MLRS
Wide area of neutralisation
ARTILLERY IN THE ATTACK Heavy weight of fire
Long range - Ideal for use in
You retain the initiative with respect prosecuting the deep battle
to the timing of the attack - within Fire not continuous
limitations Normally used in GS role
Maximum artillery effort should be Command centralised
effected against the main effort to Survivability essential
create increased combat power
and provide freedom of action. COMMAND AND CONTROL

ARTILLERY IN THE ATTACK Should be retained at the highest

possible level
Location and planning for the Assaulting forces will be allotted
movement of guns must be artillery at various periods to
carefully executed to ensure that ensure that the artillery effort
the close and depth battles can maintains its support of the main
be fought throughout the effort at all times
manoeuvre plan of attack
DAIO should always have an superimposition provs firepower
appropriate allocation of GS reserve
artillery ‘At Priority Call’ for CBF Modifications are to be expected - it
is easier to modify a simple plan
FIRE SUPPORT REQUIREMENTS the FOO should always be in the
Fire Plan MUST include: the Movement of Guns must be well
Preparation Fire (Pre-H) planned - during any
CBF/SEAD (Usually Pre-H or redeployment 2/3rds of the total
between phases) FS must be available
Covering Fire
Interdiction on Depth Targets EXPLOITATION STAGE
DF’s to cover the Reorganization
of Friendly Forces Artillery required for the Exploitation
PREPARATORY STAGE must be notified in the Prep Stage
Collection of Information - esp HB Guns must be deployed near
Preparation of the Fire Plan exploitation routes
Adj and Recording of Targets The fire of these units should be
Upgrading of Survey and CofM superimposed during the later
Deception stages of the fire plan - prevents
Ammunition preparation and complex modifications
dumping Will require additional ammunition
Redeployment into prepared

PREPARATORY STAGE DF Plans, to cover the Reorg Stage,

must be made prior to the attack
Points to Remember: The Observation Plan for OPs
Artillery Support should be readily should be pre-planned and
available throughout the established as soon as possible
Preparatory Stage (so long as during Reorg
it does not jeopardize the
preparations for the assault) Use of AD Assets
Main positions should be
prepared, stockpiled, hardened Point def
if possible, and occupied at the Area Def (Assy Area/FUP)
last possible moment prior to Route def
the commencement of the Mobile def
attack Reorg Phase


All available artillery is allotted KEY POINTS

during the assault - guns are not FIRE ON MAIN OBJECTIVES
kept in reserve but SUPERIMPOSE