Mine/Countermine Operations — FM 20-32

Date Published: 1 October 2002

Categories: Ordnance, US Army

Field Manual (FM) 20-32 provides United States (US) armed forces with tactical, technical, and procedural guidance for conducting mine and countermine operations. It applies to all elements of the combined arms team for maneuver and engineer staff planning and coordination. The manual is presented in three parts—mine operations, counteroperations, and special-mining operations. The guidance provided focuses on individual skills of emplacing and removing mines, team and squad tasks, platoon and company organization and planning, and battalion/task force (TF) organization and coordination for successful obstacle reduction and breaching operations. The provisions of this publication support existing doctrine established by FMs 5-34, 5-100, 90-7, and 90-13-1. It also contains new and improved techniques for emplacing row mines; marking, reporting, and recording minefields; reducing simple and complex obstacles; and emplacing a standard-pattern minefield. This manual reflects new doctrine from FMs 5-10, 5-71-2, and 5-71-3.