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may also pick up limited additional stocks placed for them along the route of withdrawal or on se- lected delaying positions.

c. Establishment of stock on new position. The plan for placing stocks of ammunition on the new position will be determined by the mission and the tactical situation.

30. LANDING OPERATIONS. a. Initial supply. Individuals and units are usually issued, prior to debarkation, sufficient ammunition to sustain com- bat for 1 or 2 days. Initial unit reserves of ammuni- tion, from 3 to 5 days supply for all troops, are combat-loaded with each battalion combat team. These initial reserves are segregated prior to load- ing and are stowed so as to be immediately available to follow assault troops ashore.

b. Resupply. The weight and bulk of certain types of ammunition initially carried ashore by assault units prevent all of this ammunition being carried into action. That which is left on the beaches is as- sembled under battalion control into small unit piles, and constitutes battalion ammunition supply points; these subsequently pass to regimental control as the service company comes ashore and battalions move inland. Until transportation is landed, resupply of assault units is necessarily by hand-carry, possibly augmented by confiscated transport (motor or ani- mal) found in the zone of action. As the beachhead is extended, and motor transportation landed, am- munition supply conforms to the principles of of- fensive action.

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