main battle area


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main battle area

That portion of the battlefield in which the decisive battle is fought to defeat the enemy. For any particular command, the main battle area extends rearward from the forward edge of the battle area to the rear boundary of the command's subordinate units.
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They concentrate on the main battle area, which is usually focused in time and terrain.
During this critical time of consolidation and reorganization on the objective, the commander must decide whether to commit the supporting effort task force to continue the fight against the remaining enemy in the main battle area (MBA) or block the attack of the CAR.
6 THE cage that surrounds the main battle area is built of bullet-proof Macrolon, similar to the material used for the Pope's Popemobile.