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[SG] Bounding advance

From: "Thomas Barclay" <kaladorn@m...>
Date: Wed, 6 Nov 2002 04:28:33 -0500
Subject: [SG] Bounding advance

Tony sagely wrote:

I would add the following clarifications:
 - Both units perform a fire action 
 - The leapfrogging unit fires with half its 
   (since the unit is split between moving 
and covering
   troops - this also has implications for play 
 - Casualties/Suppressions are determined 
after both units 
   have fired.

Tomb: I like this a lot. I'll try it out and let 
you know how it pans out. Seems 
reasonable to me. 

PS - For someone who asked: At the time I 
trained, which is many years ago now 
(gawd, two decades...), we used to use a 
mnemonic to help us get bounding "right" - 
you stayed up (the length of your bound) a 
time (not distance, that depends how fast 
you are!) enough to say (all as one 
runtogetherphrase) "up-he-sees-me-
down". So typical bounds were only a few 
meters at a time. 

I have heard it said that the Paras tried this 
in the Falklands, and subsequent review 
found this pace of advance to slow (the 
cover benefits were offset by the length of 
time you spent under enemy guns) - the 
get up and run at them (close assault) was 
felt to be more useful in some situations 
(even though it exposes you to more 
immediate risk, the cumulative risk ends up 
being less - or something). Also note that 
the bounding A2C I learned was quite 
tiring... you spent a lot of time heaving 
yourself up, making a few paces of sprint, 
then catapulting yourself prone again to 
draw a bead and start shooting. You have 
to be in very good shape to not have this 
tire/wind you shortly.

Maybe someone else who has trained in 
advance-to-contact procedure of a more 
recent vintage might have a comment on 
current doctrine? 
Thomas Barclay
Co-Creator of 
Stargrunt II and Dirtside II game site

No Battle Plan Survives Contact With Dice.
-- Mark 'Indy' Kochte

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