More importantly, by patrolling the British infantry dominated the battlefield and retained the initiative. During periods of slow build up, patrolling gave the soldiers the feeling of progress, dominance and aggression--all key to maintaining offensive spirit… patrol skills provided a measure of just how good a battalion was, and was an important part in the battle for domination and moral supremacy. New equipment harnessing thelatest technology might replace some of the requirement for infantry to gather their ownintelligence. However, the requirement for the infantry to dominate mentally and physically the battlefield by means of patrolling should always remain an essential infantry task. It is worth noting that the Argentineans relied upon technology to dominatethe battle space and consequently did not patrol. This was a major factor in their loss of the tactical initiative and their loss of the will to fight. The Falklands demonstrated that patrolling maintains and develops an infantryman's aggressive spirit; it is a skill that places great demands upon junior leaders and soldiers and is a skill that must be practiced thoroughly."
NOTES ON PATROLLING IN JUNGLES OF BURMA ________________________________________ 1. INTRODUCTION
British forces in the jungle areas of Burma are emphasizing the importance of patrollingin their combat against the Japanese. The following notes on patrolling summarizeconclusions drawn by British officers, or by units, from their combat experiences in thewestern Burma area. These conclusions, while not official British doctrine, should provea helpful stimulus to U.S. thought on the subject of patrolling.
A British officer recently stated that, for jungle fighting, a soldier can hardly have toomuch training in patrolling. The improperly trained soldier, he continued, is completelylost when he gets off paths or trails in the jungle. "He must learn to find his way about inthe jungle, and not be afraid of it. The jungle is totally new to our farm-bred soldiers aswell as to our city-bred soldiers, since it bears no similarity to either environment. The jungle can be a friend and protector to you, as soon as you know how to utilize it."You cannot utilize the jungle very well unless you are a well-trained observer. You mustknow all the means of detecting the presence or passage of the enemy—such as fires,ashes, cartridges, broken undergrowth, footprints, misplaced foliage, and so forth."When fired upon in the jungle, patrols should pause momentarily to observe andformulate plans. These should be executed promptly—the patrols must keep moving, andnot pin themselves to the ground. They must be trained to get rid of obstacles quickly or to avoid them, depending on their mission."Another British officer said, "In the past, lack of clear orders has been responsible for more bad patrolling than any other factor." He added that orders should be "crystal clear