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Secrets of Soviet Mountain Combat
The Red Army’s Mountain Tactics
244 pages; 17 chapters and 3 appendices
Very little is known about either the global frame of reference or inner
working of Soviet or Russian military intellectuals regarding the
importance of mountain warfare. There is no inkling of the real secrets
of Soviet mountain combat. Anyone who reads US or British
“mountain warfare” manuals will discover that they are focused
exclusively upon techniques of mountaineering and safety. They have
nothing to say about the details of mountain warfare tactics and
operational art. Secrets of Soviet Mountain Combat is an e-book jam-
packed with user-friendly information regarding what the Russian Army
really knows about mountain warfighting. Secrets of Soviet
Mountain Combat is packed with charts and pictures explaining key facts
about actually fighting in the mountains. There is no other book like it
in the world.
"The Soviet approach to tactics in mountainous areas is firmly based on the identification of the key features of the region
or sector, be the mountains high, medium or low. The higher and more inaccessible the mountains are, the more
important will be these key features and the greater will be the ease with which they can be defended.
Their natural obstacles, difficult going and relief features make it possible, the Soviets say, to establish strong, all-round
defense in mountains of all heights very easily. Defensive positions can be sited in layers, and flanking and crossfire can
usually be achieved. However, defense has certain problems. Mountains often offer covert approaches and have a lot of
"dead ground" which, coupled with tree cover, may make it easier for the attacker to penetrate the defense and encircle
or envelop the defenders. This tends to make offenses in mountainous areas break up and coalesce around strongpoints
and well-defended areas.
Enemy defenses in high, medium and low mountainous areas will, the Soviets say, be based on holding on firmly to
tactically important lines and points which intercept accessible axes of advance. Their wide dispersal on the ground and
the often insignificant scale of these points allow comparative small sub-units to hold them, in a connected-system of
strongpoints created on commanding heights, ridges and passes."
Excerpt from Secrets of Soviet Mountain Combat
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