Deep targets are engaged with searching fire. When the range is announced, it is given to the midpoint of the target.
a. SAWS IN PAIRS. The point of initial lay on a deep target for both SAWs is on the midpoint, which is also the point of division. Normally, the number 1 SAW has the near half and the number 2 SAW the far half. Since enfilade fire is being delivered, it is not necessary to adjust on the midpoint of the target, because the long beaten zone will compensate for any range errors. After the initial burst, the right SAW searches down to one aiming point in front of the near end of the target and the left SAW searches up to one aiming point beyond the far end. Both gunners then reverse their direction of search and return to the midpoint.
b. ONE SAW. A single gunner initially lays on the midpoint of a deep target unless another portion of the target is more critical. The gunner then searches down to one aiming point in front of the near end and back up to one aiming point beyond the far end.
The center of mass of hard-to-identify deep targets may be designated by using reference points as for linear targets, except that the extent (depth) of the target is always given in meters.
Example of a fire command with the reference point INSIDE the target area: FIRE MISSION FRONT
REFERENCE: BUNKER, CENTER MASS
TARGET: TROOPS EXTENDING SHORT 100 (meters), OVER 100 (meters)
Example of a fire command with the reference point OUTSIDE the target area: FIRE MISSION FRONT
REFERENCE: BUNKER, RIGHT FOUR, CENTER MASS TARGET: TROOPS EXTENDING SHORT 100, OVER 100 600
AT MY COMMAND FIRE
ENGAGING DEEP TARGETS
5-12. LINEAR TARGETS WITH DEPTH
Linear targets with depth are engaged with traversing and searching fire. The range is given to the midpoint.
a. SAWS IN PAIRS. The method of division, the point of initial lay and adjustment, and the extent of manipulation for both SAWs is the same as that prescribed for linear targets. The gunners employ enough search between bursts to keep the center of impact on the base of the target.
b. ONE SAW. A single gunner initially lays and adjusts on the midpoint of a linear target with depth, unless some other part of the target presents a greater threat. The gunner then traverses and searches to the near flank, then back to the far flank.
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