Dispersed Formation

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Dispersed Formation

 

an infantry subunit, or group, formation extended out along a front, used in offensive combat in the late 18th and 19th centuries. The dispersed formation was introduced in the Russian Army by P. A. Rumiantsev and, with some changes, continued in use until the early 20th century, when the skirmish formation was introduced.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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