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3. BASIC PRINCIPLES AND PROCEDURE. a. The supply mission. The regimental supply mission is to provide the individual and unit with sufficient supplies to initiate and sustain combat until re- plenishment from the rear can be effected; and to effect replenishment from the rear despite the de- velopments of combat. The supply plan is a success only when this mission has been accomplished.

b. Principles of supply.The principles governing supply operation are designed to carry out the supply mission in the most expeditious and efficient manner. They are applicable under all conditions, but the degree of application of any one principle will vary with the situation. These principles are:

(1) Supply is a command responsibility. A com- mander may charge certain members of his staff and other administrative personnel with certain sup- ply functions, but they act only in the name of and for the commander. The responsibility for insuring the proper supply of the unit is that of the com- mander alone. He is also responsible for the supply of attached elements.

(2) An inseparable alliance exists between tac- tics and supply. The supply plan must support the tactical plan. The most brilliantly conceived and executed tactical plan will fail unless supported by a sound supply plan.

(3) Plans must have simplicity and continuity. The simple plan is usually the best plan. Continuity of supply requires constant forward planning.

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