Operations and Tactics
Section IV Tactical Mission Definitions
: A surprise
attack by fire from concealed positions
moving or temporarily halted enemy.
Attack by fire: A tactical mission task in which a commander uses
fires (direct and indirect) to engage an enemy without closing in to
destroy, suppress, fix, or deceive the enemy.
Breach: A tactical mission task where the unit employs all
available means to break through or secure a passage through an
enemy defense, obstacle, minefield, or fortification.
Block: A tactical task assigned to a unit that requires it to deny the
enemy access to an area or prevents its advance in a direction
along an avenue of approach.
Bypass: A tactical mission task in which the unit maneuvers
around an obstacle, position, or enemy force to maintain the
momentum of the operation while deliberately avoiding combat
with an enemy force.
Canalize: The commander restricts enemy movement to a narrow
zone by exploiting terrain coupled with the use of obstacles, fires,
or friendly maneuver.
Clear: A tactical task where the commander gives an order to
remove all enemy forces and eliminate organized resistance in an
assigned zone, area, or location forcing the withdrawal of enemy
forces such that they cannot interfere with the friendly unit's
ability to accomplish its mission.
Contain: Requires the commander to stop, hold, or surround
enemy forces or to cause them to center their activity on a given
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