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Posted By: Guide John on: 10/24/2004 16:31:52 EDT|
Subject: RE: Rick's Critique
I am amazed to hear that more signal parties show up to some events than the entire AoP could have mustered during the real war. 35 signal parties on one battlefield really is extreme--what, every company commander gets his own signal party, just like a modern one has his radiomen? So, what do you do if you're not signalling? Heaven forbid (apparently!) that you join the infantry!
Awhile back, someone posted August Kautz's view on the Signal Corps. He pointed out that signallers were at the front of the armies, dressed and equipped as cavalry. There is your answer!
Be cavalry scout parties! Move in front of the army, scope out the opponent from key terrain, HOLD the key terrain if you can--you might need to use it as a signal post later. Interrogate captured prisoners, generate intelligence reports and order-of-battle information, patrol and picket with the cavalry. Hang around HQ and serve as staff, aides, and provost-marshal troops. A four- or five-soldier signal detachment is the perfect size for a dismounted cavalry patrol.
Stimulate the economy! Go buy some carbines! And remember, if you ain't Cav, you just ain't...