Tactical Operations Basic Offensive Guidelines for Survival Groups

US Crow – by CMF Contributor

This tactical operations guide will outline basic combat theater operations for offense. More often than not survivalists and preppers tend to forget the darkness of man. Not only will we be forced to contend with military opponents, but we will be faced with evil men, men who will band together against our righteous cause. If you truly want your unit to survive you need to actively train for combat theater operations.

Offensive operations have one primary object, and that is to kill your enemy, while secondary operations could include; secure vantage points, block resources, gain intelligence, buy time, divert the enemy, or to hold the enemy in a position. Any tactical operation that is done in the offensive requires the element of surprise, unit concentration, tempo and aggression (show of force), and guile. 

Tactical Operations Basic Offense

When considering an offensive operation you must understand the combat theater. If you have more fire-power than your enemy, focus on overwhelming the target with a show of force. Suppress enemy defensive fire quick and decisively to extinguish all hope of enemy success, thus psychologically lowering enemy confidence. Focus your primary attack deep into the enemy zone, targeting defensive measures and possible reinforcements while providing continuous mobile support to your unit (CSS Combat Service Support). Traditionally there are four forms of a tactical offense;

  • Movement to Contact – A form of the offense designed to develop the situation and to establish or regain contact.
  • Attack – Take aggressive action against (a place or enemy forces) with weapons or armed force. There are five primary attack maneuvers;
    • Exploitation – The attacker will increase destruction while maintaining an offensive posture. Followed by the disorganization and eroding of the resistance. If offensive postures are not maintained at all times the enemy will likely regroup and reorganize.
    • Pursuit – Part of the exploitation phase following a successful attack, where you are still force oriented and not terrain oriented.
    • Site exploitation – Searching for and collecting information, material, and persons from a designated location and analyzing them to answer information requirements, facilitate subsequent operations, and eliminating remaining targets.

Tactical Operations Organization

Each mission should always be evaluated on a case by case basis assigning temporary grouping based on operational needs. This includes CSS; attached, assigned, organic, OPCON Operational Control (Command authority that may be exercised by commanders at any echelon at or below the level of combatant command). Another consideration is the use of armored unit, such as MRAPs and etc. If available with is a good OPORD(operations order) for your armored cav?

Infantry support such as 11B (or surrounding members of y our militia/survival group)should be closely organized and effectively prepared based on the terrain and combat theater (is the theater urban, mountain, swamp, jungle terrain?). Does the enemy have anti-tank defenses and obstacles; is their machinery heavy or light? Key points should be relatively balanced when planning operational considerations such as; enemy situation, the movement to contact, and the equal requirements for armored cav and assisting personnel.

For more detailed information on tactical combat operations you can download Military Tactics FM 3-90 or view the articles written by CMF Contributors and Operators in Special Operations and Survival Skills.
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  1. I suggest, alternatively, that you read one of my manuals, such as ‘Contact!’ It is linked to in a banner Ad on the left side of this page. It is designed to give you the information you need on tactical survival . Much better than reading the FM’s. One reader described ‘Contact!’ as “Rosetta Stone for the Ranger Handbook.”

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