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When a Napoleonic-era infantry company was taking fire from front and rear, what is the maneuver called where they covered their rear while advancing forward?

closed as off-topic by SPavel, SJuan76, David Thornley, Giter, sempaiscuba Aug 23 '18 at 22:01

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's related to military science and by history. – SPavel Aug 23 '18 at 21:05
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    Are we perhaps talking Napoleonic-era unit tactics, or are we talking modern-day? (Gone ahead and edited to assume the former, as the latter is off-topic.) That's likely the case, since as near as I can tell, named parade-ground manuvers became militarily obsolete around the time of the Civil War and WWI. – T.E.D. Aug 24 '18 at 13:37
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    I suspect the term is 'fire and manoeuvre' (or 'fire and maneuver', if you prefer). The term remains in use, and the direction from which the company is/was taking fire, relative to their objective, is/was normally irrelevant. – sempaiscuba Aug 24 '18 at 18:31
  • Hollow or Infantry Square is probably what you are referring to. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infantry_square – Tombo Aug 27 '18 at 17:20
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    @Tombo - I think you are correct there. However, the question seems to be asking about the name(s) of the parade-ground maneuver, not the name of the formation used to perform them. I say "parade-ground", but in the Napoleonic era, parade ground training was intended to practice maneuvers that the unit would actually be expected to perform under fire. – T.E.D. Aug 28 '18 at 20:14