The Battle Plan For The Marine Artillery Batteries

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Brigadier General Lane returned to his own Command Post, called his staff in and prepared the battle plan. They had already been probing the lines to their west and had a very good idea where the weaknesses were. The operation would involve all of his combat Marines, and would kickoff at 0230 the following morning. For the next twelve hours they planned and briefed the commanders, once the commanders had been briefed, they returned to their men and women, and briefed them. This went on for the rest of the night, the following morning and throughout the day the Marines ate and slept. After that their NCO’s ran thought final preparations with everyone down to the last man and woman in their Platoons and Squads. They were prepared as…show more content…
The Marines began to move slowly taking ground a few feet at a time, by 0400 they hadn’t moved more than two hundred feet and both sides were taking casualties. It was becoming evident that it was going to be a slug fest. The Marines were great at small unit tactics, but what they were unaware of was that right in front of them was a National Guard Ranger Company. They were giving as good as they got, the Rangers were outgunned four-to-one and had placed various minefields in front of their positions, which the Marines didn’t know about. By 0430 the attack by the Marines had stalled, this wasn’t good, if the Marines couldn’t break through the entire plan would fail. General Lane and his staff quickly analyzed the situation, called for a shift in artillery strikes to the center, they would sent two companies in a feint to the east. Where the artillery had softened up the line. The artillery would continue in the area until the two companies had moved and were ready to advance. By 0530, they were prepared to execute the second plan, the two companies were well hidden in the woods, once the artillery stopped they would charge the line as quickly as they could, trying to overcome the Soldiers that were there with speed and aggressiveness. The Marines received word via radio that the artillery would half in five minutes, they were ready to go, the clock ticked by slowly, tick-tock. On the radio the RTO was listening to the countdown, he repeated
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