There are several forms of battle orders, the most frequent of which being Operation Orders. Fragmentary Order Warning Order Defensive Order Offensive Order
Operation Orders are instructions to an organized body of troops about their role in an upcoming battle. They can cover a wide range of topics from how many men should be sent out on each mission to where they should position themselves on the field. The best known example of an operation order is the General Order that officially announces a military campaign. Other examples include Dispatch Orders used by commanders to assign missions to their subordinates, and Change of Plan orders issued when the planned course of action needs to be altered due to circumstances beyond their control.
Warning Orders are messages sent out by commanders warning their soldiers that they are about to encounter enemy forces. These orders are usually given just before battles or other major events. The main purpose of warning orders is to allow soldiers time to prepare for the coming battle or event.
Defensive Orders are instructions to troops who are defending a place to hold their positions until further orders. This order can be given either before or after the start of a battle. Its primary function is to maintain morale among defenders who might otherwise quit if they feel they are losing the battle.
Combat orders provide forth the specifics of tactical operations and field management. They may be issued as a plan to become an order at a later date or as specific scenarios emerge. The two main types are offensive combat commands and defensive combat commands.
An offensive combat command is designed to bring success on the battlefield by engaging the enemy in battle. These commands include advance, attack, cease fire, defend, drive back, extend, harass, intercept, launch, maneuver, patroll, prepare, receive, retake, strike, support, and many more.
A defensive combat command is designed to prevent failure on the battlefield by preventing the enemy from succeeding.
A military order (instruction), which includes an individual command given by an armed forces officer to a person under his command. A general order is a public instruction issued by a military organization's leader. A written plan that advises a unit on how to carry out a military action is known as an operations order. These documents serve as guides for soldiers in the field.
Military orders may be given in time of peace or war. In war, they are usually given by a commander of troops in the field to members of another army with which he plans to coordinate his efforts. They can also be given by a commander to members of his own staff if these individuals are acting in an advisory capacity. In both cases, they are said to be given "in execution" of their offices.
The word "order" is used in two ways when referring to military instructions: first, they are referred to as Orders, indicating that they are direct commands from one officer to another; second, they are referred to as Regulations, indicating that they are rules or guidelines for soldiers to follow.
There are three classes of military orders: general, special, and temporary.
General orders are public announcements made by a commander to his troops. They often include new objectives or changes to current plans of action. If the commander-in-chief wishes, he can issue a new general order at any time.
The five sorts of missions for a warning order are as follows: (1) Switch the fire (A/F)... (2) Method of control