Types of Convoy Control.
Control of motor movements can be done in two ways. First, it may be
done by the unit making the movement. Second, it may be accomplished by the
commander through whose area the convoy is moving. In most cases, it will
be a combination of both.
a. Unit Control
This kind of control is always exercised during motor movements.
The unit commander whose vehicles are using the road makes sure that his
supervisors and drivers obey:
Rules of the road.
Traffic laws and regulations.
Time and distance gaps in the convoy.
b. Area Control
Convoy commanders will want to learn all they can about control
policies in areas through which they will pass. This is an essential part
of convoy planning. Area control is planned by the HTD for the area. It is
carried out by use of:
Traffic control posts.
Convoy Support Requirements.
One of the reasons for establishing an HTD is to ease coordination of
The convoy commander, however, is responsible for
effecting this coordination.
What type of support, and how much, as with
most things in a combat environment, will depend on several factors. These
would include the type of unit making the move.
The kinds of cargo the
convoy may be carrying may be important. The priority of the movement must