Training Video: Defensive Tactics in Woods
There are some good visual tips on digging trenches with overhead protection. ‘Revetting’ a trench is shoring up the sides to prevent it being collapsed by artillery fire or run over with a tank – a tank will spin its tracks on top of an open trench, causing it to collapse. For overhead protection, you will need two layers of sandbags to provide adequate protection from artillery fire. Pay attention to how well they camouflage the trenches – and how they de-turf and re-cover the trenches and any areas they have dug with the turf. In the absence of turf, you can use leaf litter in the woods, as appropriate.
Perhaps when you think of ambush you don’t think of digging in? It all depends on the situation, but an ambush against heavy forces such as in this video should be dug in. Even a standard anti-personnel ambush should be dug in with shell-scrape positions if the tactical situation will allow, to protect the ambushers from direct fire and also any DF fire that the enemy is able to call in.
Hard work right? Why do you think I keep banging on about PT and also the utility of going out and digging with pick and shovel – because guaranteed if you want to survive infantry combat you will need to be digging in at some point, even if you see yourself as a lightly equipped fast moving ‘G’. It all comes down to light infantry combat in the end.