Platoon Clearance of Kitchner Ridge

Unit: 3 Pl

Attachments: Forward Observer (FO)

Detachments: M113’s

Location: Refer to map provided

Time: D+4 0645

Weather: Low lying fog with 250m visibility, fog cleared and full sun expected in 30 min

Situation: MAF recon elements are believed to be working IVO Kitchner Ridge IOT identify locations for their assault onto CT-B’s position.

Mission: CLEAR Kitchner Ridge 

Execution: Dismounted clearance from the 45 Northing south to the 42 Northing. 1x Section of M113’s have been put on standby IOT react to a situation. Release of those vehicles has to be authorised by the Company Commander.

Administration & Logistics: Platoon is in marching order, they have first line ammunition and enough supplies for 3 Days. Priority of fires from the company 81mm Mortars has been given to this patrol and can be directed by the attached FO.

Command & Signals: You are in command of this patrol and your communications back to your Company Commander are good.

If you wish to view the area in greater detail than what is provided in the maps, you can view topographical maps here. Search for Kitchner Ridge and change the base layer on the right hand side to ‘Scanned Maps’

You have begun your clearance of Kitchner Ridge and the Platoon is advancing two sections up,  1 Section to the east of the .365 feature and 2 Section to the West. Your sections are alert and performing well. 200m after you have split 2 Section off, 1 Section is engaged by what you believe to be a PKM to your front. 1 Section has sustained 1x casualty (state unknown) with 4 other members being suppressed.

Several minutes after the initial engagement while you were trying to gain some situational awareness, 1 Section begins to receive more small arms fire from the South East, though this fire is reported to be inaccurate and essentially ineffective.

Your signaller has been providing commentary back to the CT, and states that your Company Commander wants to know your plan. You jot down some relevant points on your map and begin to develop a plan.

TASK

Write down a quick back brief that you would pass on to your commander and then in SMEAC format, develop a set of orders you would distribute to your sections.

How to submit:

  1. Topic title should include your rank, last initial and a brief description of your COA, eg. LT B – Call for support.
  2. Create your own SMEAC headings in the writing box and fill in your detail from there.

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When the platoon came into contact, you were located to the rear of the patrol with 3 Section. The Platoon Commander is fighting for information and the 3 Section commander is running around and tying in his section and passing information to the Platoon Commander.

You move forward to gain information yourself and link up with the Platoon Commander. He informs you that 1 Section is engaged by what he believes to be a PKM to the front. 1 Section has sustained 1x casualty (state unknown) with 4 other members being suppressed. While he is talking to you, 1 Section begins to receive more small arms fire from the South East, though you hear that this fire is inaccurate and essentially ineffective.

The Platoon Commander is busy formulating his plan, so you fall back and begin to make preparations for the plan that the Platoon Commander comes up with.

TASK

Write down your intentions and information that you would either be passing up or down the chain of command.

 

How to submit:

  1. Topic title should include your rank, last initial and a brief description of your COA, eg. SGT D – Section link up and ammo run.
  2. Provide in clear detail how you would go about your tasks.

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Your platoon commander has ordered you to take your section through the FUP which 2 Section has secured for you to conduct a right flanker. You have moved through the FUP in extended line and have commenced your assault towards the sound of the PKM. 50m into your advance you receive accurate small arms fire from the south which you believe is at least a squad minus. One of your soldiers has received a gunshot wound through his non master bicep and right thigh which has immobilised him.

You report the situation to the Platoon Commander who asks if you can still support the plan, he orders you to provide him with your intended course of action with justification.

 

TASK

Write down the back brief you would provide to your Platoon Commander, then write your snap orders in SMEAC format to your section as if your course of action was approved.

How to submit:

  1. Topic title should include your rank, last initial and a brief description of your COA, eg. CPL G – Tactical Withdraw.
  2. Create your own SMEAC headings in the writing box and fill in your detail from there.

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