Much has been written on different phases of the Great War. Offensive Fighting has a message for the Scouting and Raiding Officer. It is the junior officers who are called upon to perform the hazardous work in No Mans Land— scouting and raiding.MoreMuch has been written on different phases of the Great War. Offensive Fighting has a message for the Scouting and Raiding Officer.
It is the junior officers who are called upon to perform the hazardous work in No Mans Land— scouting and raiding.Major McRae has been over there and has learned by actual experience. This gives weight to the things he tells. He presents a mental picture of some of the problems that officers performing similar service will have to solve when they get into action. I heard his lectures and considered them extremely interesting, instructive and valuable.John J. Bradley, Colonel, General Staff, United States Army.War College Division.
February, 14, 1918.The object of this book is to place in the hands of officers and men of our new Army, some of the details of the work it took me months of labor and the probable sacrifice of lives to learn. Some day you will have to do the same kind of work I had to do and I hope when that time comes this book may help you to avoid making some of the mistakes I have made, as well as some of those made by others.Many of the details of the game change rapidly, but when the time comes the changes are self-evident and the details here presented will at least give you something to work upon, and may prevent the omission of some minor detail that would cause your show to fail.The chapters are arranged in convenient lecture form.
Get the information to the men. They will have to use it with you.Donald M. Mcrae. February 9, 1918.CONTENTSI. Mine Crater Consolidation 13II. Trench Raids 31III. Patrols And The Control Of No Mans Land. 59IV. Front Line Observations 86V. Co-operation Between Infantry And Artillery. 115VI. Infantry In Attack 130VII. Trench Routine 169VIII. Notes On Use Of Prismatic Compass 186