Combined Arms Breaching Operations by U.S. Army

By U.S. Army

FM 3-34.2 presents combined-arms commanders, from corporation to brigade, and their staffs with

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2-16. The enemy’s ability to interfere with obstacle reduction determines the size and composition of the security element in the breach force. The security element’s size and composition within the breach force can also be determined through the— • • • Terrain analysis and the terrain’s impact on the support force’s ability to suppress the enemy. Amount of terrain the breach force will occupy at the obstacle during reduction and the extent that the breach force will mask the fires of the support force.

Figure 2-1 shows an example of the graphic control measures that may be established to facilitate the efficient movement of forces through an obstacle system. In this example, traffic-control post (TCP) 8 is located at the far-recognition marker. These control measures can be initially established by the higher HQ but need to be refined as the unit conducting the breaching operation develops its scheme of maneuver. Table 2-1 lists the responsibilities for creating lanes and controlling traffic through an obstacle system when a TF breaching operation is being conducted.

Additionally, each COA should identify which force is the main effort throughout the breaching operation. For example, the COA should define when the main effort shifts from the support force to the assault force. The following are the different types of forces and their tasks and responsibilities: • • • Support force. ■ Suppress enemy elements capable of placing direct fires on the point of breach to protect the breach force. ■ Suppress enemy elements capable of placing direct fires on the assault force.

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