Although mass armies typically relied on the bayonet and individual heroism, it is important to realize that by 1917 all the major combatants on the Western Front had recognized the need for tactical reform and, indeed, had introduced fire and movement tactics at the platoon level by dividing this sub-unit into mutually supporting sections. This chapter traces the development of fire and movement tactics and their recurrent usage on the battlefield by western armies from the German stormtroopers in the First World War to US soldiers in Vietnam.
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