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Beginner terrain analysis: the military crest

military crest – An area on the forward or reverse slope of a hill or ridge just below the topographical crest from which maximum observation and direct fire covering the slope down to the base of the hill or ridge can be obtained. (See also topographical crest.) See FM 21-26. – FM 101-5-1, Operational Terms and Graphics
A military crest, source:Wikipedia
An exercise in local terrain analysis:

  1. Obtain the 7.5 minute quadrangle USGS map that includes your residence.
  2. Identify all the elevated areas of significance on the map.
  3. Using your residence as the center of a circle, draw lines radiating out from your residence that intersect the topographical crests of these elevated areas.
  4. Identify the military crests that lie on those lines, if they exist.
  5. Conduct a field reconnaissance of these crests to determine if your map analysis matches reality.
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