Maxwell's Militia in Minnesota: Tactical Doctrine
“Imagine being inside a steel ball, rolling cross-country – bouncing and twisting. A tank is full of very large, very hard and very heavy machinery, all moving and grinding around. Tanks, even if well-maintained, try to EAT their crews. one false move and you are history. That’s just driving around…”
“Don’t even start thinking about the complications when the main gun is firing and hot brass is dropping down from the TC’s station – or the loader’s gun – and the turret is full of cordite fumes.” – extract from speech given to new cadets at Camp Ripley Academy by Rowan Svenson – Military Governor, Minnesota
At least in Minnesota, Maxwell’s Militia has developed a 10 point tactical doctrine on the use of tanks. Note that they no longer have the ability to manufacture night-vision devices.
a. The tank is a decisive combat weapon. Therefore, it should only be used in a center of gravity and on appropriate terrain.
b. The tank is not a lone fighter and should never operate alone. The smallest tank unit is the 2-vehicle section.
c. The tank is not a weapon to accompany or support infantry. Forcing its way through the enemy, it enables the infantry to follow it closely.
d. The tank can take territory, but it cannot hold territory. This is the task of the infantry, supported by artillery.
e. The tank is not an artillery weapon which can long harass an enemy from a firing position. The tank fights in movement, and subjects its targets to fire for a short while only.
f. The task of the infantry is to neutralize hostile antitank weapons and quickly follow up tank attacks.
g. The task of the infantry is to give fire support to the assault of the tanks, to neutralize hostile artillery, and to follow up the progress of the tank attack by coming up behind the tanks quickly to obtain a decisive effect. The task of the supporting artillery is to protect the flanks of the attacking tanks by fire, keeping pace with the advance.
h. The task of the armored infantry is to follow up closely the attack of the tanks, so as to be able to intervene immediately in the battle of tank against tank.
i. The mission of the engineers is to open up passages through the minefields, under the protection of the tanks. This makes it possible for the tank attack to start anew.
j. At night, the tank is blind and deaf. Therefore, the task of the infantry is to protect it.