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Special Forces Use of Pack Animals
Pack Animals for Light Infantry Ops
223 pages; 10 chapters and 3 appendixes
Special Forces Use of Pack Animals is one of the best e-books available
concerning the use of pack animals of all types. Special Forces Use of
Pack Animals includes all anyone needs to do in order to deal with, or utilize
pack animals. American special forces are to be lauded and honored as
America’s most open minded and clear thinking war fighters. Their flexibility and
adaptability can only continue to mark their initiative-seeking battle behavior; if
the lawfare-oriented US armed forces are not allowed to bureaucratize them. In
the meantime, their contribution to war fighting literature is highly valued.
Special Forces Use of Pack Animals is a magnificent addition to the lore of
war fighting where the man, not the machine, prevails.
“The pack detachment configured for movement forms into pack strings and usually in column formation. This alignment
presents a long, linear target for the enemy. The troops are dispersed, making it difficult to bring concentrated, effective
fire to bear upon enemy contact. The diligent use of scouts and outriders for flank security, along with extreme caution,
are needed to a greater extent than for dismounted troops to make up for maneuver limitations.
Two factors affect not using overwatch formations. The first is terrain. The primary reason for using pack animals is
difficult terrain. This fact necessitates using column formations. Second, the act of bounding requires one element to
remain static. Animals that are loaded, strung together, and not moving are an accident waiting to happen. The following
paragraphs explain how the detachment should cross specific types of areas, and Appendix C illustrates the various
formations that may be used.
When the scouts reach a linear danger area (roads, trails, streams), they conduct a thorough reconnaissance for the
best possible crossing point and attempt to reach the farside. Once they establish farside security, the scout leader
returns to the column to lead it to the crossing point. Once the column arrives at the crossing point, lead personnel take
up farside security and free the scouts to continue. Commanders should consider crossing open or large areas as
Their use must be negotiated accordingly. The scouts should provide as much information as possible about the area to
the commander. With this information, the commander decides how best to negotiate the obstacle. Bypassing the area is
by far the best method but is not always practical.”
Excerpt from Special Forces Use of Pack Animals
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