found desirable to attack two cos abreast, with the reserve co heldmuch closer to the assault units than in open terrain.The reserve co could deal withlocal counterattacks rapidly and could prevent successful infiltration in rear of theassault units,
*To insure maintaining a continuous front, each sqd and plat coordinated riththe next higher unit after securing
Bgethod of advance.
.Because the streets were so heavily defended, thebuildings provided the routes of advance.
blasting holes throughcovered sides of walls. In
with prepared charges wereattached to each assault plat; in other cases,
prepared and furnished the chargesand the inf executed the demolitions.b. *After
hole had been blasted, a rlfle sqd, or half-sqd made
aseault throughthe hole before the en- aould recover from the shock.Once
entered,each floor had to
cleared in turn.c.*Experience proved
often best to enter a building from the roof or topfloor and work down. Scaling ladders were invaluable in providing entrances throughwindows and ceilings.d.
grenades were used to cover the unite crossing streets and gap8 betweenisolated bujldings.
located when they fired at the arnoke.
of operations, a. fiExperience showed that advances could
time after daylight, the hours of darkness 'being utilized to blast holes in ini-tial objectives for the
day.b..Three or four hours sometimes were necessary for consolidation of positionsfor the night. This
found desirable to enable units to prepare positiom to coverevery enemy approach. Without this coordinated defenee for the night, the enemy in-filtrated riflemen behind advance elements and seriously hampered operations on thefollowing morning.
supporting artillery. a. *Close arty support from organic hows was of littlevalue due to the varying heights of buildings and to the very close contact with theemuxryb.
rendered invaluable support in engaging targets some distance ahead offront line
and in placing
hour program of harassing
inter-diction fires on selected areas and targeta in the enemy's rear.c.aTD wpns and
proved extremly helpful in neutralizingor destroying heavy emplacements, pillboxes, heavily defended buildings and strongpoints,. These qns a180 were instrumental in providing avenues of advance for units
blasting walle of buildings. The following points are worthy of interest in theemployment of these
should remain with the rifleco ccsndr at all
to speeddelivery of fire.
Guidesshould be furniehed to lead the wpne into positions and to point outtargets,(3)The upna met be given protection against enemy
Wpns should follow front line unite by bounds when not employed.(5Morte or arty fire should be used to conceal the noise of lrljns moving topositions,
Normally one eection of TDa was attached to each aeaault co.Subordinateand adjacent unita should be infomd when these wpns