Benteen's Orders - The March to the left Jul 13, 2011 16:42:12 GMT -5
Post by Clair on Jul 13, 2011 16:42:12 GMT -5
That's right...there are many ways to call the same activity, through the ages and between nations. I'm using modern definitions because they are the most evolved, but the same activity can be found over the past centuries, doing the same things with the same responsibilities.
All we are trying to do here, is determine what Custer intended for Benteen to do, and what Benteen thought he was supposed to do. After that, what Benteen SHOULD have done, for the best decision-making according to the Art of War.
I do not believe you that a RIF can not attack it is in the task as I read them.
It certainly DOES attack...that's what makes it a recon-In-Force, and not just a recon. But it is not considered an attack in doctrine, meaning its mission is not to destroy something. It's mission is to gain information, and only destroy what is necessary on the way to getting that info. Then you get out of there.
I don't see this as Benteen's mission, do you? Get some info, and then get out, and you are done with the day? A Guard mission has many more responsibilities than that.
So looking at Benteen. He did not know the location of the Indians so looking for them is recon. Yes, but recon is what Guard forces do during movements to contact, so this doesn't distinguish between a recon and a guard.
He did not know the terrain so moving through it is recon
All missions do this...attack, defend, movement to contact, etc. So that is not a distinguishing characteristic of a recon MISSION. Note that ALL missions involve recon tasks...all of them. That doesn't make them recon missions. It's getting more confusing, isn't it? But the military trained guys will understand this well enough.
He did not know if they would run or fight and was told to pitch into which would preform task 3 and 4 of the above tasks for RIF
RIF mission does not include destroying an enemy force that is found as its primary mission. It might destroy enemy scouts trying to block them, or an enemy force protecting a sensitive sight they want to get information from. But if your goal is to destroy a force, then you are not on a recon mission. You are just doing some recon tasks that support your attack-to-destroy mission
That's my view of what I read in those tasks
I understand...you are into Tactics 301 by this point...