This opening episode of Teaching Tactics lays the groundwork for the rest of the series covering fire and maneuver techniques.

Fire & Maneuver: How Suppressive Fire Works – Teaching Tactics

In this article, we will discuss how suppressive fire works and its role in teaching tactics for fire & maneuver.

Suppressive Fire

Suppressive fire is used to keep the enemy’s head down and prevent them from firing accurately at friendly forces. It creates a sense of danger and confusion, making it difficult for the enemy to respond effectively.

Teaching Tactics

By understanding suppressive fire, soldiers can learn how to use it effectively in combination with maneuvering tactics. This includes using it to cover the movement of friendly forces and creating opportunities for flanking or assaulting the enemy’s position.


Suppressive fire is a critical element of fire & maneuver tactics, and understanding how it works is essential for effective military operations. By teaching tactics that incorporate suppressive fire, soldiers can improve their skills in combat situations.


What is suppressive fire?

Suppressive fire is used to keep the enemy’s head down and prevent them from firing accurately at friendly forces.

How does suppressive fire contribute to fire & maneuver tactics?

Suppressive fire can be used to cover the movement of friendly forces and create opportunities for flanking or assaulting the enemy’s position.


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  2. @davidobrien9362 5 months ago

    Cor bloody hell the narrater is not a Dutchman is he ? Hells bells,its Paul Whitehouses carachter. .

  3. @eugene_plays5325 5 months ago

    and that right their is how your grandfather dominated the school year.

  4. @yutakago1736 5 months ago

    This tactic was what I learnt 30 years ago when I was in National Service. In real war situation, it is not so simple. The Japanese in World War 2 use multiple machine gun bunkers that protect each other flanks. That' why the Americans suffer heavy casualties when they tried to clear their positions. The British also suffer heavy casualties in Burma when they fought the dug in Japanese. The American like to use close air support to eliminate dug in enemies to reduce their casualties.

  5. @rockyjohnston94 5 months ago

    can i buy this battle school book?

  6. @alextilson9741 5 months ago

    Please excuse my ignorance as someone who has never used a gun, outside of playing Arma 3 milsim stuff, but I'm curious to know the reason why LMG's don't use smaller calibers like 9mm.

    If the goal is the psychological effect of suppressive fire, then wouldn't smaller rounds mean a faster fire rate, larger capacity, more ammunition able to be carried, and (because of less explosives per round) prolonged periods of fire?

    I can understand it would have less stopping power and wouldn't be as accurate, but I don't fully understand why this is important if your role would be utility of supressing the enemy, especially when the rest of your squad is kitted out with high caliber rifles for the purpose of stopping power instead, and even more especially when paired with a marksman.

  7. @protocoldroid7388 5 months ago

    Some cool details included I didn't know – eg using a weapon to "tap out" a message when that element is about to go from static to moving and always placing smoke ON an objective. Nice.

  8. @MikeR196 5 months ago

    Shoot, move and communicate. Repeat

  9. @peterjennett9124 5 months ago

    Excellent info! Thank You.❤️☕🤔

  10. @gonzo5648 5 months ago

    Much of this applies to martial arts also! In hand to hand we must be aware of distance, we can obscure vision with our pawing jabs as well as provide covering fire, and cut angles off the firing/center line with pivots. Combat is combat and the tools we use and the bodies we maneuver are different, but principles remain, and that makes this knowledge wisdom. Fantart8c video, ty!

  11. @oracuda 5 months ago


  12. @mineduck3050 5 months ago

    Its the history of earth for the first 40 minutes. Skip ahead for the firing and maneuvering

  13. @julianplentii3136 5 months ago

    perfect voice and volume mastering. No music or sound effect. perfect to listen at night to relax, learn, unwind before sleep. Keep that format up!

  14. Brilliant work! As someone who is also trying to teach about history and combat, just in a way smaller scale, congrats on the great work! Looking forward to the other content!

  15. @user-oc4mt5rf5n 5 months ago

    He said fire 7 times in a sentence and it still makes sense

  16. @user-gk1mw9od1i 5 months ago

    I've been studying military history and tactics for as long as I can remember. So there was very little in this video that I didn't already know. But I am often at a loss for where to start in explaining tactics to people who haven't spent as much time studying them as me. Now I think the place to start is with showing them this video.

  17. @CapitaineNautilus 5 months ago

    I like your clear and illustrated explanations very much.

  18. @wk2k11 5 months ago

    With all this mind, I would be interested to be know how would a British squad in WW2 go about countering a German MG42 nest, anti tank guns, artillery and German tanks? How would they approach these situations?

  19. @guydespatie6881 5 months ago

    Splendid presentation. So well articulate and so detailed! Spent some years in the infantry and I don't recall having F & M being explained as well then has you have brilliantly done here…

  20. @randywise5241 5 months ago

    Just a "Walk in the sun".

  21. @nativegerry335 5 months ago

    Since the bolt action slows down an individual soldiers rate of fire. Is there a system within the rifle section to work around this ? I remember a mention of alternative fire between riflemen (one fires while the other beside does the bolt action chambering a new round)

  22. @nickdarr7328 5 months ago

    This is why the bren is better than the mg42

  23. I see grammatical errors.

  24. @tedarcher9120 5 months ago

    Fire and maneuver is usually done on a company level. That's why germans had stg assault platoons and fire rifle platoons at the end of the was. Russians had a whole assault company in each batallion

  25. @anul6801 5 months ago

    Is this a bit different to how the american squad fought during WW2? Saw another video that explained the machine gun group stayed and gave surpressing fire so that the assault group could leapfrog to the flank and then make the final assault. This explanation is also good but different than the other.

  26. @IceColdProfessional 5 months ago

    This will make me a better PUBG player.

  27. @dirt0133 5 months ago

    This is great! Discovered it randomly while watching "Military History Visualized". I'm quite impressed and thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. Subbed!
    Question: Why must they not linger in the enemy position itself? The enemy was described as unsupported I believe, so i wouldnt think there would be anything like presighted mortars or other counters in place to make a quick evac so important. Anyhow, thanks…Very Interesting and edifying.

  28. @bigchunk1 5 months ago

    The bren gunner better be really fucking good.

  29. @richardmardis2492 5 months ago

    Great information!
    It does seem that you making a definitive explanation on the subject- seems a bit long and drawn out.
    But all and all very valuable information!

  30. @Flyingstar2012 5 months ago

    Squad no significa Escuadrón. Squadron significa Escuadrón.
    Squad se debería traducir por Escuadra. Aunque el equivalente al Squad de EEUU es el Pelotón español. Y la unidad denominada Pelotón en EEUU corresponde a la unidad llamada Sección en España.
    Además de la incorrecta traducción hay que señalar que los Ejércitos de Estados Unidos, Reino Unido y España emplean el mismo nombre para designar a unidades militares distintas existentes en una compañía de Infantería.

  31. @Qantum802 5 months ago

    30:45 did the barrel have to be cold? 🥶

  32. @calencrawford2195 5 months ago

    21:24 "You cannot walk with both feet on the ground, nor both feet in the air"
    meanwhile Aang:

  33. @tyronemccloud4361 5 months ago


  34. Works great when you know where the enemy is

  35. @americankid7782 5 months ago

    This is quite interesting as a subject.
    I love how you break it down in a way that can be understood by a civilian such as myself.

  36. @davidsabillon5182 5 months ago

    Amazing. Like commented and subscribed 👍

  37. @devinhallsworth5531 5 months ago

    Looking back at the afghanistan war it becomes obvious that a lot of times the US and allied nation forces were simply just sitting behind cover and firing without attempting to manuever against their opponents. They flatout deserved to lose that war.

  38. @jayc2576 5 months ago

    All this because I die to much in hell let loose.

  39. @TeSolycMandalor 5 months ago


  40. @debian11 5 months ago

    Great video! I wonder what program(s) you use to make them?

  41. @monkfoobar 5 months ago

    Narrator has a terrible speech impediment

  42. @GrahamFrench247 5 months ago

    The Lee Enfield rifle was not loaded per single round, you used clips of five rounds and push them down into the 10 round magazine. You can also get a sore thumb tip if you are firing for lengthy periods of time from the repeated push down onto the breech every time you load a clip into the rifle.

  43. @nobbytang 5 months ago

    Weren’t the US army the first to come up with “ suppressive fire” to force the enemy to keep there heads down whilst manoeuvre takes place to out flank them !.

  44. @FelixstoweFoamForge 5 months ago

    That was a bloody brilliant episode! (About half-way through i thought to myself; "this should finally settle the Bren vs Mg 42 argument", if it's volume of fire that wins the firefight, it becomes very clear why the Mg42 in it's updated Mg3 version is still in service)- volume of fire).

  45. @stilgar2007 5 months ago

    This is what most people don't understand about the purpose of large magazine size in "assault rifles." It's principally to provide a large volume of sustained fire on an area, not shoot into massed enemies, which is rare. Maneuver and coordination is what separates the professionals from the untrained, not marksmanship.

  46. @runem5429 5 months ago

    Great video, although I am slightly skeptical of the value of replacing battle casualities with otters🤭

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