|This is single player game play from a custom-made mission in ArmA 3. A squad of regular, light infantry (my command) has to clear OBJ Snake, a rebel-held observation post. Two other squads and a light reconnaissance vehicle are in support.|
In Fighting by Minutes, Robert Leonhard argues that the three essentials of fighting are not totally exclusive. An army on the move and in search of the enemy has less defensive liabilities, as the enemy will have the simultaneous problems of predicting an upcoming strike and getting itself into position to attack or defend.
|The rebel observation post is somewhere up that escarpment. Our light armor over watches our climb towards the objective.|
|Enemy forces are two-men patrols scattered among the observation posts. These are supported by mortars and a squad of light infantry.|
|The good marksmanship of my men pays off and allows us to take the observation posts with little effort and from a distance.|
|And there go my two auto-riflemen. Alerted by the observation posts, the enemy mortar opens up on the houses below. I've lost two key weapons, but this is not the time to stop.|
|Moving up cautiously towards the objective.|
|Throwing grenades up hill is skating on very thin tactical ice. But we are almost at the top of the hill and I can hear the rebels. That is me and my recently tossed grenade.|
|A rebel auto rifleman changing positions at the crest. Somewhere not very far, I am struggling to deploy my squad to clear the objective.|
|And then it ended. A combination of battlefield hazards, bad tactical choices and bad luck catches up with me.|
I should have learned my lesson by now.