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Company Attack on Carentan Village

By Tom McDermott June 29, 2020


The Case Method Project is a tactical tool that helps commanders sharpen their tactical decision making by thinking through real-life and simulated examples.

In this video from Band of Brothers, Easy Company attack Carentan Village in France. It doesn't go well. Their FIND function has failed, and they are ambushed as they approach the village in Company-level staggered file. They are forced to respond to the ambush, issue QBOs and CLEAR the village.



Watch the video with an intensely critical eye, as if you were there yourself and playing your genuine role. As you go through, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Why did the Company get ambushed, and what could they have done to prevent it?
  2. How good is their immediate reaction to effective enemy fire? What QBOs would you have issued?
  3. What are their major problems at each stage of the battle, and how could they overcome them?
  4. What doctrinal principles do they follow for the attack? Are they effective?
  5. What major sustainment issues do they face, and would they be able to regenerate after the attack?


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Tom McDermott

Tom McDermott is a serving Australian Army Officer and a student of strategy and military ethics. You can follow him on Twitter via the handle @helmandproject.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.

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