Dispersion should be standing
operating procedure unless the unit commander specifically orders
otherwise to meet a particular situation. Vehicles are always
important targets for enemy bombing and artillery attack. On the march,
if the enemy is overhead, they are sure to be seen, but they can make
unprofitable targets of themselves. An unprofitable target is one in
which a well-aimed bomb cannot possibly knock out more than one
or two vehicles.
When vehicles are in terrain which does not restrict them to a
column—as in a desert—maintain dispersion distances in width as
well as in depth. This will further reduce the number of targets for
an enemy bombing or strafing run.