The principal military lessons illustrated by the Battle of the Foret de Mont Castre are:
Concealment is essential to a strong reverse slope defensive position. If located in a dense
woods, the defender achieves surprise by withholding battle position defensive fires until the attacking
force is within extremely short range.
It is imperative to institute security measures when flanks are exposed.
Responsibilities of leadership during fighting in dense woods is in part superseded and
supplanted by the resourcefulness, aggressiveness, courage, and initiative of individuals and small
Visibility limitations require the imposition of specific procedures in order to insure the
maintenance of contact between units.
Exploitation of a battle position penetration must be planned and hastily executed in
order to achieve absolute success.