I am searching for any noticeable orders, doctrine or any piece of information about how an advancing force should be organized. I am interested in the scope 1914-1918, on European and Middle-East fronts.
By "advancing force", I mean:
- A force of varying size (battallion, brigade, division)
- That is advancing in an open ground and not in enemy fortifications
- That had passed first enemy lines.
So the question is not about:
- Attack or defence tactics
- Strategic movements
But I am really interesting in how a group of soldiers should advance between two fights, when it is not certain of the position of enemy forces: position in the column of cavalry, artillery, infantry, tanks...
What was the march order of the French and Serbian infantry after the breakthrough of Salonique? How did Germans or Russians organize their marchs on the Eastern Front? How did British army walked in Mesopotamia?
To clarify the question: Imagine a situation where two armies are, on a strategic plan, closing with each other. Soldiers will come for example by railroad. When they disembark from the station, they adopt a formation and start moving in the forest/mountains/fields. Suddendly, an enemy is seen or sudden fire falls of the column. Orders are given and the formation is broken into tactical moves.
I am interested in what the formation was, in order to minimize damages (in an ambush for example) and maximize the speed of an attack (if enemy is discovered).