During the Napoleonic Wars, in particular, the Peninsula Wars, whenever storming a breach was necessary, volunteers would be sought to carry out the action as the first wave ‘into the breach’ to take a fortress. This was called the Forlorn Hope – it’s a forlorn Hope, because you weren’t expected to survive.
By far the worst kind of enemy is the one you don’t see coming. As unpleasant as straight down the line war-fighting is, at least you know what you are up against.
When Night Vision Goggles came into use it revolutionised the way we carry out night ops. It can still be precarious though, because you can only see so far ahead of you, so proceeding with caution is still a wise move.