The following is the submission of “John” for my recent TDG series in which students planned recon of an objective, received results of their reconnaissance, and drafted a final assault plan. Feel free to comment and discuss his answers
Recon Plan Submission from “John”
First I want to state that since the locals are friendly I would have already set up a relationship with all nearby folks. Even going so far as to assist them in establishing an underground resistance movement. So for this mission the first order of business will be to call in a few favors. Here is what I will request from the locals:
Location of any enemy posts or road blocks or even local businesses that the enemy frequents if known. Any knowledge of patrols and their frequency.
I will ask the underground for the loan of any personnel that would be willing to act as guides or is willing to help guard the base during the recon mission.
Does the enemy purchase any supplies from the locals? Are they delivered? Do any locals have any legitimate access to the fuel depot and can they get us specific info of the interior or can they get any of my people in?
I split the squad into two teams GREEN and PURPLE.
GREEN consists of myself, radio operator, one fire team, plus the automatic rifleman and his assistant from the split up fire team
PURPLE consists of one fire team plus the rifleman and team leader from split fireteam.
Each team gets two night vision sets.
Depart just after sunset.
SEE MAP team green recon
GREEN travels north to hill marked A. There I leave an automatic rifleman and assistant. They get one of the night vision goggles. Their job is to watch over the road to the depot, the road to our patrol base and the entrance to the depot itself. (This point actually should be manned at all times as it seems to be a good general lookout position for the patrol base.)
Also from this position I can check out the line to our west marked by symbols that look like the NATO map symbols for civilian balloons with the EPLRS symbols along for the ride. SEE INSERTS 1&2. Don’t know what they are and so I’ll find out.
If safe GREEN moves west using the he hill for cover and moves to position B. Team leader and rifleman remain at B while radio operator and myself proceed to location C with night vision goggles. I am
curious about the flat area marked by the question mark. Could a vehicle conceivably use that as a launch area for ramming the fenceline?
SEE MAP team purple recon
PURPLE team departs west and moves north up like he west side of the depot using hills as cover unti it gets to point A on the map (white letter may be hard to see)
From here the leader decides the best way to conduct observation. The two dotted lines mark areas I want to know more about
specifically do those wooded areas provide sufficient cover to hide an attacking force. Has the enemy taken specific measures to address this issue? More troops, patrols, barriers, evidence of land mines?
My plan is to spend the night gleaning as much information as possible and avoiding any contact with the enemy. Strict noise, light and radio discipline. Two hours before sunrise we move out back to the patrol base.
I want reports from the following:
GREEN team unit at point B
GREEN team unit left at point A
PURPLE team leader and his unit’s appraisal of the west side of the depot.
Everyone is to report back to me the following;
Number, location, activity, weapons, and other equipment of enemy.
Physical barriers and potential breeching locations.
Location of targets (fuel trucks, tanks, bladders, valve locations)
My people will know that I prefer to use firebombs when possible to conserve on supplies that may be difficult to replace. So they will look for any hindrances to such a plan.
Recon Results from Mike
Final Attack Plan (5-Paragraph Order) from “John”
Situation: We have 3 fire teams vs a small detachment of enemy soldiers only two of which seem to be ready to immediately respond to an attach. If these can be neutralized quickly we should be able to effectively destroy any responding forces.
Mission: The primary objective is to destroy the fuel or render it unusable. After that is accomplished the next order will be to destroy or remove enemy equipment.
Execution: Three fire teams will be labeled Purple, yellow, and green.
I and my radio operator will accompany purple and yellow teams.
All teams will depart in order to launch attack just before dawn. Purple & yellow will move out first and arrive at rally point north and west of target. Green will set up south by south east in woods overlooking road. When in position units will broadcast CINDY to inform all of being in pre attack position. (See map Cindy)
When the diesel engine is started for it’s 10 minute run all units will advance quietly to positions marked on map JAN and radio code word Jam that they are in position and ready to attack.
Atack begins with command MARSHA MARSHA MARSHA
Green unit is blocking force and bins firing on depot. Purple and yellow move in to either engage with enemy or begin destruction using Molotovs, any available explosives, or simply opening valves and dumping fuel on ground.
Once fuel is destroyed enemy equipment is either destroyed or collected for our own use. If prior arrangements exist for disposing of enemy prisoners then such persons will be taken and turned over to higher authority. Otherwise prisoners
will be stripped of equipment and secured to prevent their following our unit when we withdraw.
All units will exit the depot to purple’s CINDY location and return to base.
Admin & Logistics: I will lead purple and yellow teams and be overall commander of operation. Green will be lead by their team leader.
Transportation is on foot.
Command & Signal: Teams are IDd by their assigned color.
Commander call sign is Pallet
Sign/Counter sign is BIDEN/SUCKS
Rally position notification sign is CINDY
Attack position notification is JAN
Attack order is MARSHA MARSHA MARSHA
Withdraw order is GREG
Hopefully that should work if we don’t get in each other’s cross fire which is a real concern I have.
So that is my contribution to the assignment. However, if more time were available the idea of surreptitiously contaminating the fuel so as ti immobilize the tanks would be a much better option.
Quite honestly it is what I would prefer to do but I have no idea if our unit has that ability and necessary supplies for such an undertaking. I don’t even know how that could be done. Sugar in the fuel tank is an old anecdote about sabotaging an engine but I do not know if that actually works nor how much is needed per liter of fuel. Packing in several hundred pounds of sugar and spending hours trying to pour it into fuel tanks in the dark of night without getting caught seems unrealistic. But IF it could be done the risk/benefit ratio is definitely tempting.
Looking forward to hearing back as well as reading other’s contributions.
Again I thank you for your efforts.
Notes from Mike