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Russian Army Combat Thinking
Tactical Innovations of the Russian Army
208 pages; 17 chapters
For the past decade, the Pentagon has proclaimed that the Russian Army is a
weak 'has been'. As usual, the Pentagon has it all wrong. During the past
decade, Russian Army combat thinking has eclipsed US armed forces
development in quality, while creating new tactical concepts and weapons.
Russian Army combat thinking is again far in advance of US “thinkin.” In
fact, the US continues to organize and fight in structures that have long ago
been discredited because of their amateurish application. Of course the
Pentagon will never admit that Russian Army combat thinking has left US
armed forces civilian think-tank amateurism far behind. If you doubt it, you
should read Russian Army Combat Thinking. However Russian Army
Combat Thinking is only a brief introduction that leaves out many Russian
Army advances. In fact, Russian Army advances in tactical and operational art
would require a number of volumes to describe thoroughly.
"One of the Russian tactical innovations resulting from combat experience of the two Chechen military campaigns is
the employment in combat of battle teams--dvoykas (teams of two), troykas (teams of three) and larger teams
comprised of combined arms troops of different military occupational specialties. This circumstance reflects the special
nature of combating illegal armed formations (IAF) that used guerrilla tactics, tried to create fighting forces behind the
lines of federal forces, keep the latter in a constant state of psychological stress, wear them out physically and morally.
There is nothing new about these tactics. Back in Afghanistan, our forces faced many unexpected developments and
had already during the course of fighting to resolutely break with their long-standing tactical stereotypes, to act not in
accordance with the classical canons of position warfare, as was the case during the two world wars, but in
environments where clashes with the enemy were episodic, occurring in isolated spots and ending as suddenly as they
began. In an environment where "line of contact was everywhere" they developed an unconventional team activities
tactics: they created for each specific tactical combat mission teams of forces and fires based, more often than not, on
motorized rifle battalions with tanks, artillery pieces and engineers attached to them. There were teams designed for
specific purposes--turning movements, raids or offensive and assault."
Excerpt from Russian Army Combat Thinking
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