Tactical Use of Terrain

I received the following question by email:

“Would you discuss terrain analysis? How to use terrain to your advantage in the offense and defense. Thank you. I have just enough knowledge to get myself into trouble.”
This is a somewhat large topic. One thing I will say straight up front is that these topics are covered in detail in ‘Contact! A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival.’
Contact! A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival
I am going to concentrate on the offense. Mainly because I have covered defense, types of terrain and the principles of defense in detail in ‘Contact‘ and although I have covered offense, there is more detail that can be gone into about use of ground in the assault, rather than just the mechanics of an assault. I have also covered use of terrain for navigation and movement, which is itself a separate topic. So for now, I will hone in on offense and use as a vehicle for the discussion either hasty or deliberate attacks (or raids) to go through a terrain analysis process.
(Note: this concept is developed further, for further reading concerning the squad size and the assault cycle, in ‘The Squad Size and Organization‘ and ‘More on the Squad and Assault Cycle‘ posts.)
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