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Light Infantry Penetration Tactics
Penetration
Assault Infantry Deep Penetration Strikes
© 2012
188 pages; 9 chapters and 3 appendices
In modern warfare, there is no substitute for light infantry shock troops capable
of
deep penetration tactics. Penetration is an e-book that describes how
trained, conditioned, and properly equipped light infantry is capable of
deep
penetration tactics or infiltration of enemy lines
, as a precursor to attacking
the enemy rear, from inside their own entrails. Courage is required in order to carry
out
deep penetration tactics. However, the British General Wingate proved that
even second-class
conventional light infantry units, under capable leadership,
can effectively carry out
deep penetration warfare. Light infantry units capable
of such war fighting feats must be trained in the
arts of infiltration and
Wingate-style
deep penetration tactics. Penetration is an e-book that
announces the fact that
light infantry warfare is not dead.
Review Table of Contents
“The eccentric British military genius, General Orde Wingate, modified the Japanese tactical-operational
penetration idea
, early in World War II. Wingate expanded the Japanese concept into a deep light infantry offensive
thrust
that would obtain both operational and strategic effects. It was a method that had never been practiced in modern
war before.
The new offensive concept, that
Wingate called Deep Infantry Penetration (DIP), exploited the cover of broken terrain
to infiltrate strong
Chindit fighting columns, by foot, to areas within the enemy hinterland or deep rear.  The first
advantage of this method that Wingate stressed to his Chindits was surprise, which he defined as: "Surprise is being
caught out; being confronted with a situation which you had never expected (this itself is not surprise) and which you are
not prepared to meet owing to your not having given previous thought to the matter...The officer should look upon every
action as containing three phases, and he should reckon to obtain his surprise in the third phase. The side that retains
the initiative retains the power to inflict surprise."
Deep Infantry Penetration (DIP) or Long Range Penetration (LRP) "...seeks operational and subsequent strategic
victory through the internal collapse of the enemy's military organism." Such objectives are obtained by disrupting the
enemy force from deep within its own depth, which is undermined. Some observers claim that a difference between LRP
and maneuver war exists because maneuver war seeks to increase its' own fighting power while LRP seeks to undermine
the enemy's. That distinction is artificial as the
Chindits proved.”
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