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Linear Danger Area (Road Crossing)


Linear Danger Area (LDA) crossings can be done a number of different ways.

One way – which we called the “bump” – is shown in a thread by Total Resistance – and can be found
here. Notice that another name for the “bump” is “patch to road”. I have never heard of that term for this LDA crossing – but that doesn’t matter. As long as your unit uses the same name – it doesn’t matter if you call it “Grandma’s Cookies” – as long as everyone knows what that means – that is all that is necessary.

We will look at the three basic LDA crossing techniques in order of the speed that a unit can cross.

1. The “BLAST”
2. The “Bump” (or “Patch to Road”)
3. The “Traditional” LDA technique

Now lets look at the three basic LDA crossing techniques in order of security:

1. The “Traditional” LDA technique
2. The “Bump” (or “Patch to Road”)
3. The “Blast”

By looking at the above two lists – one can see that “time” really becomes the factor on which of the above three you will use. In other words – if you are on a 100% “stealth” reconnaissance – the “Traditional” should be used – as it is the most secure, i.e. the odds of being compromised are the least.

If you are “behind” a bit and feel confident that you can speed up without increasing risk a whole lot –
the use the “Bump”.

If you HAVE to cross FAST – meaning speed takes priority over security – the Blast is the one to choose.

So – before we proceed – lets review in a nut shell what these three techniques are – and what the strengths and weaknesses of each one are too.

The BLAST is the technique when EVERYONE crosses at the same time.

The pro’s of this technique are:

1. SPEED
2. There is only “one” crossing.

The con’s of this technique are:

1. No far side security
2. If there is enemy on the other side – the whole unit stumbles into them at once

The BUMP is the technique when everyone crosses individually.

The “pro’s” of this technique are:

1. Speed (though this is not as fast as the Blast)
2. If there is contact on the “far” side – the whole unit won’t get hit

The “con’s” of this technique are:

1. It sends a guy off alone (the first man)
2. It leaves the last guy alone (after everyone else has crossed)
3. It has as many crossings as there is men

The TRADITIONAL technique is when the patrol crosses in 2 or 3 man teams – so it is kind of a combination of the BLAST and BUMP.

The “pro’s” are:

1. There is always at least two men together at all times
2. It is the most secure way to cross
3. Leadership is on both sides of the LDA at all times
4. There are at least half as many crossings as there is men in the patrol

The “con’s” are:

1. It takes more time to cross this way than any other technique

I’ll come right out and tell you my favorite technique is the “Traditional”. I have used all three “real world” – and my choice 99% of the time will be the “Traditional” method.

So – I dusted off my little “Action Figures” and ordered them to demonstrate to you a “Traditional” LDA crossing – and I snapped photo’s of them in “action”.

The first photo you can see the Patrol in column formation. The Point Man (PM) see’s the danger area – halts the patrol giving the hand and arm signal for halt. (This is typically the raised hand – open palm – similar to the “swear in” or “oath” position.) Everyone automatically takes a knee – and if they can - they take a step or two to find better cover/concealment – but be sure you can still see your team-mates!


The PM then gives the danger area hand and arm signal – which is a slashing motion across the throat.

The PM then gives the “linear” danger area signal – which is the hand – with thumb and fingers together with the hand making a flat shape – moving in a up and down fashion in front the face – with the outside edge of the hand visible.

The Team Leader (TL) automatically knows to come up to the PM’s position – which he does.

As the TL moves up to the PM’s position – the #3 man gives the “rally up” hand and arm signal – which is sticking his hand straight up and giving a circular motion as if he were pointing the sky and making a circle with his hand/arm/pointing finger. The Assistant TL (ATL), Tail End Charlie (TEC) and 4 man all move up and form a “tight 360”. The TL and PM go up to get a better look at the danger area.

What the TL and PM are doing is checking to see if this is a good spot to cross – or if they should move to a better crossing point. What determines if it is a good place to cross is a place that has obstructed views – so you can’t be seen while crossing from a mile down the road. OTOH – sometimes there is no better place to cross than where you are.

If the road is “straight as an arrow” – find a spot on the road that is in a depression if you can – in other words DON’T cross where you will be silhouetted against the sky for miles around!

Here is the PM and TL checking out the DA – and the rest of the team in a tight 360.





In this next photo – the TL/PM have come back to the “tight 360” and the TL is briefing the whole team as to whether they will cross here – or go left or right to a better spot. If the spot is good right here – he will just give a “thumbs up” – meaning that everything looks good and we will cross right here.




Note that the TL/PM go everywhere together. You NEVER leave your buddy. EVER. (In the daytime – you as long as you are within a few meters you are good – at night – you better be well within arm’s length.)

Now the TL gives the “lets move out” hand and arm signal – the team moves up to the DA. Note the position that everyone takes. The TL/PM are in the center – as they will cross first. The #3 and #4 man are providing flank security – and the ATL/TEC are providing rear security. At night – all team members need to be within touching distance of each other.


Once the #3 and #4 man give a “thumbs up” to the TL – the TL and PM cross the DA. Try to keep a low profile – and – note that the TL and PM have their MBL’s pointed in the correct way.


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Once across – the TL/PM will do a “leaders reconnaissance” of an area that is big enough to fit the patrol in. THEY DO NOT SPLIT UP TO DO THIS! (I was told that in VN – a PM was shot by the TL cause they split up and the TL thought the PM was a VC coming through the bush towards him.)






When the TL/PM make it back to where they started – the PM then assumes his position of front security – and TL then gives the signal for the next team to cross. This signal can be a hand/arm signal (if visibility permits) – or it can be a red-lense flashlight that has a boonie hat or something wrapped around it to make a “cone” so only the team across the road can see it.


Note that the ATL and TEC have assumed flank security – and the #3 and #4 man are in the “go” position.


Here is a close up of the men’s positions on the “old” side of the DA.


And – the “new” side:


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When the TL gives the signal – the #3 and #4 man take off.


Note that at NO TIME is there a group that is “leader-less”. The TL is part of the first group to cross – and the ATL will be in the last group to cross. At NO TIME will there be men on either side of the DA that don’t have leadership. This is a hallmark of the Traditional method. This way if before the whole team crosses over – and an enemy convoy comes through – and even stops – and the men are now not able to hook up with each other – one group still has the TL and the other group has the ATL.

Once the #3 and #4 man cross – they take up flanking security – the TL and the PM move up to make room for them. The TL and PM are providing front security.


Now the ATL and TEC are given the come across signal – and so they cross the DA.


As they get across the DA – the #3 and #4 man “bump up” to give the ATL and TEC room to occupy.


Everyone continues in the direction of march until they come to where to the PM has stopped – here they do a head-count to make sure no one is lost – and they will stay in a tight 360 for a bit to listen before they head out in the direction of march.


FOR LIKE MINDED PATRIOTS WHO WANT TO SURVIVE ANY AND ALL SITUATIONS THAT THEY MAY FACE.