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Beginner terrain analysis: the reverse slope

reverse slope – Any slope which descends away from the enemy. – FM 101-5-1, Operational Terms and Graphics
Illustrations of the military terms for various parts of a hill
An exercise in local terrain analysis, using the map generated in last week’s exercise, where you drew lines through the topographical crests of local hills and identified the miltary crests along those lines. Pick the most prominent of those crests, or the one closest to your residence, and do the following:

  1. Identify the reverse slope that lies on or closest to the line through the crest, and calculate the distance from the middle of the reverse slope to the topographical crest from the map. Verify your answer in the field.
  2. Identify any local elements (such as rocks, trees, or buildings) that could be used for concealment, and those that could be used for cover*. Specify what caliber weapon would be necessary to defeat whatever you identify.
  3. Identify the following paths from your residence to the reverse slope: fastest, stealthiest (defined as the one where you are least likely to be observed), and the one passing by the nearest residence belonging to a member of your regular training group.
  4. Identify the most likely avenues of approach to the reverse slope along the line set at 90 degrees from the line you drew through the crest (that is, the flanks of a position on the reverse slope whose fire is directed towards the crest).

* There is a difference between the two.

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Books on my nightstand

13 January 2011 1 comment

Currently, I have the following queued up for nocturnal reading operations:

  1. The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One
  2. Phantom Soldier: The Enemy’s Answer to U.S. Firepower
  3. Daniel Morgan: Revolutionary Rifleman
  4. Resistance to Tyranny: A Primer

Reviews are forthcoming, pending completion.

(Also, please pardon the dust, I’m switching between WordPress themes, trying to find one I like.)

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Beginner terrain analysis: the military crest

12 January 2011 1 comment

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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