Topic: Drill and Training
Infantry Training, Volume I; Infantry Platoon Weapons, Pamphlet No. 2; Fieldcraft (All Arms), 1954
When you stalk an enemy, you need to use all the knowledge and skill that you have learnt in weapon training and fieldcraft lessons.
Planning a Stalk
The first thing to do is make a plan:—
(a) Find the enemy by observation, and memorize his position.
(b) Chose your objective — the position from which you will kill the enemy — and your route, taking into consideration:—
(i) Cover from fire and view, and dead ground.
(iv) Other enemy positions, known or probable.
(v) Possible alternative routes, in case of need.
(vi) How to keep direction.
Outwit the enemy by guile and cunning. Much depends on the circumstances, and how you react to an emergency, but you must always:…
(a) Be alert; never relax.
(b) Observe carefully at the end of each bound.
(c) Think about possible fire positions, in case you are surprised.
(d) Take advantage of noises, aircraft, gunfire, etc.
(e) Try not to disturb animals or birds.
(f) If you must take risks, take them early rather than late.
(g) Remember that, if you finish up by missing with your shot, at the very best your time and effort will have been wasted.