December 1920

Tactical Principles-Rules of Combat

Volume 5, Issue 4

TACTICS as used in the military sense may be defined as follows :

Tactics is the art of handling troops in the immediate neighborhood of an enemy.

Tactics in this sense embraces for each concrete situation :

a. The steps taken in the Estimate of the Situation, culminating in the decision and orders to carry out same.

b. The actual troop leadership culminating in fire and shock contacts.

Strategem as closely related to tactics may be defined as a system of expedients or more simply the outwitting of the opponent.

If you are an MCA&F Member

Click here to login and view all Leatherneck and Marine Corps Gazette articles

OR Join the MCA&F to continue reading

By becoming a member of the Marine Corps Association & Foundation, you gain access to the entire library of articles from Leatherneck Magazine and the Marine Corps Gazette. Click here to sign up online and continue reading this article