The 4th ID, 8th. Regt. Intelligence
& Reconnaissance Platoon was an arm of the infantry. The men
in this outfit are not elite troops or special operations personnel, they’re
dog faces like the infantrymen the are supporting. Training and equipment
is similar to that of a typical infantry platoon, with the major exception
of their means of transportation and reconnaissance training.
Soldiers within I&R platoons reported their
information directly to Headquarter’s G2. This information amounted
to basic reconnaissance data.
Time of Observation
Cover and Concealment
Avenues of Approach (High & Low speed)
--and any further data which could assist Regiment
and ultimately Division in devising strategy.
I & R Platoons were also a heavily armed asset
which could assist infantry units and move quickly to add firepower where
necessary. In operations in the Hürtgen Forest and the Belgian
Ardennes, 4th ID I&R Platoons added their firepower to that of their
infantry brothers. This asset was crucial to ebbing enemy advantages
on the battlefield.