Combat Reconnaissance Patrol (Warsaw Pact)

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A Combat Reconnaissance Patrol (German: "Gefechtsaufklärungstrupp" (GAT), Russian: "боевой разведвательный дозор" (БРД)) is a reconnaissance troop that is utilized immediately in front of the battle formation, when the immediate contact with the enemy has been lost. It is typically task organized in platoon-strength, optionally with attached engineers or other reinforcing elements and dispatched by the Battalion, sometimes the Company. The maximum distance from friendly forces can range from 1-10 km reconnaissance depth. The Reconnaissance Patrol acts especially on open flanks, gaps or immediately in front of the battle formation of the dispatching unit.