Figure 4-16.--Machine guns FPL and grazing fire.
AT4 Sectors of Fire
to the weapons platoon commander. If time permits,
wire is laid to alternate and supplementary positions.
Each assault squad is assigned sectors of fire to
inoperative or have not been installed.
ensure that all avenues of approach for armor vehicles
are covered and to provide overlapping areas of
AT4 TACTICAL EMPLOYMENT
antimechanized responsibility. The size of the sector
is limited only by the available observation and fields
of fire. The assignment of a sector of fire does not
preclude firing at targets outside the sector. When the
The assault squad is the basic unit for the tactical
squad is used as a unit, both assault teams are assigned
employment of the AT4 antitank weapon. Because of
the same sector. When the squad is split, the two teams
the short range of the AT4, they are normally
may be physically located in proximity but are
positioned with the frontline platoons to provide
responsible for separate sectors. Fire planning should
close-in antitank defense. The weapons platoon
avoid splitting assault squads unless absolutely
c o m m a n d e r normally uses a messenger to
communicate with the assault squads.
60-MM MORTAR TACTICAL
Positions of Assault Squads
The location of the best observation and fields of
fire covering the avenues of approach for armor
In the defense, final protective fire of a single
vehicles dictates the positioning of assault squads. A
mortar covers an area of approximately 50 by 50
meters. A FPF may be located within 60 meters of the
primary and several alternate firing positions are
FEBA. Thus the 60-mm mortar can cover small gaps
prepared from which each avenue of approach can be
or dead space in the machine gun FPF close to the
covered. When the armor threat develops, the squad
FEBA. Firing positions for mortars should be located
moves by covered routes to the previously prepared
between 150 and 300 meters to the rear of the FEBA.