person skilled in tracking can consider himself as having reached the pinnacle
Col. Ron Reid-Daly
Combat tracking is the art of being able to
follow and hunt down a man by following its path and signs left behind.
is combat tracking / mantracking different from tracking animals? Animals do not
conceal their tracks and have set characteristics, but the enemy is cunning and
skillful and is capable of concealing his tracks.
art of tracking is not new. The tactical employment of trackers is not new
either. Tracker were used in Malayan, Kenya, Cyprus, Borneo, Vietnam and yes
Rhodesia to name just a few.
prove very successful because they were able to pass back valuable information
such as strength, speed, and other pertinent information required to successfully
bring the fight to their foe and destroy.
5 POINTS FOR SUCCESSFUL COMBAT TRACKING
Don't move so quickly that you overlook telltale signs.
Learn to use your sense of smell as well as your sight and hearing.
Don't just observe the tracks: interpret what they mean.
Get to know your enemy: study the terrorists' operating procedures, habits and equipment.
Be persistent: don't lose the will to win when you lose the spoor/trail. Try to find it again.
THE RULES OF TRACKING
Keep in visual
Never walk on
Get into the
NEVER GO BEYOND THE LAST KNOWN SPOOR