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Red Army Night Ops
Red Army Night Ops
Soviet Night Combat
© 2009
124 pages; 7 chapters and 3 appendixes
Night operations will always be important to any professional army, and so will be the
unique innovations endemic to
Red Army Night Ops.  Although some armies of
amateurs claim that they “own the night,” it is just military propaganda common to
armies who believe that screaming at soldiers is a good thing. Only people with first
class thinking will understand the value of
Red Army Night Ops. If you think that night
operations have been made obsolete by US military technology, "Adios".  
Red Army
Night Ops
is for the reader who wants to understand how first class military powers
applied
Red Army Night Ops methods to the modern battlefield. As any reader of Red
Army Night Ops
will realize, the concepts applied by the Red Army in the 1980s are
militarily superior to any of the circa World War I outlooks still paraded as high tech by
the US armed forces and its derelict posse of military wannabe nations.
Review Table of Contents
"Prior to the establishment of the Soviet state, famous Russian military leaders, such as Marshals Suvorov and Frunze,
employed night combat very effectively to achieve many of their greatest combat victories. Some of the most important
Soviet World War II battles, e.g., Novogorod, Zaporozh'e, Budapest, and Berlin began at night. The highly mobile nature
and scale of modern battle requires continuous night and day operations; particularly under conditions of nuclear warfare
and the widespread use of other weapons of mass destruction. The Soviet attitude is more or less summed up in the
words of one author: "Night cannot be a reason for decreasing activity. On the con-trary, the dark of night is used to
achieve surprise, increase the rate of advance, and win time. Continuous combat actions by subunits at night are,
therefore, becoming an objective necessity and night action the usual type of action."
The underlying principle of night combat operations is surprise. "Speed and surprise," according to Marshal Suvorov,
"make up for numbers...." While Soviet doctrine holds that the difficulty inherent in a night attack aids the soldier in the
defense and that the defender is more confident, it also recognizes that a well-organized surprise attack has a strong
negative psychological effect on the defender, for it is difficult for the defender to clarify the intentions, composition, and
cap-abilities of the attacker. Historically, examples show that bold surprise night attacks by even the smallest unit have
brought panic and confusion to the enemy and quick victory to the attacker. The Soviets recognize that night favors the
performance of marches and maneuvers, makes it possible to concentrate men and materiel unnoticed on the decisive
line of advance, hampers enemy use of most destruction weapons, airborne troops, and aviation and provides favorable
conditions for achieving surprise. By skillfully employing the advantages of night conditions, attacking units can fulfill their
missions with smaller losses in personnel and equipment."
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