Infiltration (military)

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Infiltration , infiltration, or seepage for short, describes the unnoticed penetration of mostly small military reconnaissance and special units into the area controlled by the enemy.

Infiltration is done with the intention of entering the opponent's room undetected, in order to carry out an order (usually information gathering or sabotage ) and then to withdraw again unnoticed ( exfiltration ).

Infiltration teams usually only consist of a handful of soldiers. In order not to reveal their camouflage until their mission is fulfilled, they avoid open combat operations. In the field of reconnaissance, it is considered successful if the opponent does not notice before the end of this operation that he has had a “visit”. The maneuver requires very good knowledge of the enemy's possibilities, the area of ​​operation and the local population. With this information about the destination, one or more teams are sent off and follow predefined routes. These can e.g. B. contain collection points, acts of sabotage or specifications for the use of weapons.

Cooperation with local resistance fighters is also possible. Terrain regions as well as built-up areas can be infiltrated.

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Individual evidence

  1. Federal Ministry of Defense: Der Reibert. The manual for the German soldiers -HEER- -LUFTWAFFE- -MARINE- . ES Mittler & Sohn GmbH, Berlin Bonn Hamburg 2003, ISBN 3-8132-0820-6 , p. 240 .