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Forest Battle Tactics
Forest Combat, Eastern Front
409 pages; 40 chapters
The forest is a magnificent place to fight, and true hunters can be
sustained victors in such environments. All they have to do is to understand
the environment and how to maneuver therein. Nothing can be clearer to the
professional soldier than the messages to his senses that flood him in a
forest setting. Camouflaged and moving stealthily, the forest warfighter
creeps with soft footfalls through the many bushes and trees provided by the
god of war, to mask him as he hunts for the enemy. The forest warfighter
feels the blood exhilaration that comes to a soldier who knows that in the
forest, enemy artillery and air power are the least effective. Forest
warfighters also realize that advantages of terrain and tactics are not
long-lasting. That is why they understand that the enemy must be crushed
piteously as he is infiltrated, out-flanked, and ambushed along the forest
trails that are now the battlegrounds of the forest warfighter. Forest
Battle Tactics introduces the worthwhile concepts that guide the
professional soldier who will prevail in forest combat.
“The Germans, surrounded to the west of Koenigsberg, offered strong resistance. Their defensive position
consisted of several lines of deep trenches dug in the forest. This forest was defended by two infantry divisions,
supported by artillery, tanks and assault guns, All roads and lanes in the forest were under fire. The forest was full
of men armed with panzerfaust. All intersections and main roads’ were mined. Tanks and self-propelled guns were
emplaced at intersections and could, therefore, fire in several directions.
The mission of our tanks and infantry was to clear the forest of the enemy, advancing in a northerly direction,
parallel to the Passarge River. With the assistance of artillery, the enemy was pushed off the main line of
resistance, and the tanks, advancing through the forest with the infantry, took possession of the road intersection
northeast of the swamp.
The scouts found that the enemy was defending all forest roads with the main body of his troops. The commander
then moved his tanks along narrow lanes and over the swamp. By doing so, the tanks, self-propelled guns, and
artillery of the enemy were bypassed and left on the road in the rear of the attacker. Fearing encirclement, the
Germans withdrew their tanks, leaving on the road only machine guns and men armed with submachine guns.”
Excerpt from Forest Battle Tactics
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Fighting in forests, swamps and woods is a form of warfare perfected by the Finns and Russians. Yet very little has been
written about how to fight in woodland battles. Forest Battle Tactics: Forest Combat, Eastern Front fills that vacuum.
Forest Battle Tactics explains how the Soviets and Germans fought in Russian forests and swamps. The simple, yet
innovative tactics of forest combat are precisely explained in Forest Battle Tactics. Such methods are as useful now as
they were so long ago in the fog-shrouded woods of Russia.