Afghan National Army Special Forces candidates conduct a training exercise at the Commando School of Excellence, Kabul province, Afghanistan, Oct. 29, 2011. (DoD photo by Pfc. Matthew Minkema, U.S. Army/Released)
See also Afghan Commandos.
Is it normal to stay one behind another? What if a machine gun opens fire in front of them?
Originally called “Indian file”, it was a lesson-learned development from the Battle of the Somme period of WW1. The greater danger was from flanking fire which made the original platoon/company lines in the advance rather uncomfortable. While photos and movies of the Battle do show the troops advancing in line from the trench, usually the line broke up into ‘blobs’ after about 20m. By Sep 1916, the ‘blobs’ were converting to platoon and section columns as above.
The “Commando School of Excellence”. Kinda sound like “very special forces” to me:
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