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MCWP 3-12 Marine Corps Tank Employment

MCWP 3-12 Marine Corps Tank Employment

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U.S. Marine Corps
DISTRIBUTION STATEMENT A: Approved for public release; distribution is
PCN 143
000145 00
Marine CorpsTank Employment
MCWP 3-12
To Our ReadersChanges:
Readers of this publication are encouraged to submit suggestions and changes thatwill improve it. Recommendations may be sent directly to Commanding General, MarineCorps Combat Development Command, Doctrine Division (C 42), 3300 Russell Road, Suite318A, Quantico, VA 22134-5021 or by fax to 703-784-2917 (DSN 278-2917) or by E-mail to
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Additional copies:
A printed copy of this publication may be obtained from Marine CorpsLogistics Base, Albany, GA 31704-5001, by following the instructions in MCBul 5600,
 Marine Corps Doctrinal Publications Status.
An electronic copy may be obtained from theDoctrine Division, MCCDC, world wide web home page which is found at the following uni-versal reference locator:
Unless otherwise stated, whenever the masculine gender is used, bothmen and women are included.
Department of the NavyHeadquarters United States Marine CorpsWashington, DC 20380-177517 February 2005FOREWORDMarine Corps Warfighting Publication (MCWP) 3-12,
 Marine Corps Tank Employment 
, provides Marine Corps doctrine and supporting tactics, techniques, and procedures for theemployment of Marine tanks in support of the Marine air-ground task force (MAGTF).Historically, Marine tanks have played critical roles in the success of the Corps’ combatoperations. From World War II to Iraq, the commander’s ability to effectively employMarine tanks has provided him with a devastating direct fire capability. Today, theMarine Corps’ M1A1 Abrams tanks are the most lethal direct fire and survivableweapons system within the arsenal of the ground combat element.This publication is intended for Marine Corps combat, combat support, and combat servicesupport unit commanders and their staffs operating with or supporting Marine tank units. Itdescribes how the Marine Corps employs tanks throughout the range of military operationsand focuses on preparing, planning, and conducting MAGTF operations with tanks.MCWP 3-12 supersedes Fleet Marine Force Manual 9-1,
Tank Employment/Counter-mechanized Operations
, dated 1982.BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPSJ. N. MATTISLieutenant General, U.S. Marine CorpsCommanding GeneralMarine Corps Combat Development CommandPublication Control Number: 143 000145 00Distribution Statement A: Approved for public release, distribution unlimited.

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