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Spetsnaz Desant - Spetsnaz Special Operations
Spetsnaz Desant
Spetsnaz Special Operations
© 2010
175 pages; 16 chapters and 1 appendix
Spetsnaz Desant is one of the few books available on the uniquely Soviet or Russian
concept of
special operations desant. It is only fitting that QuikManeuvers.com offer
this new
Spetsnaz volume since most of the e-books available on Spetsnaz worldwide,
have been published by QuikManeuvers.com. Since most readers are not aware of
many interesting aspects of
Spetnaz operations, Spetsnaz Desant focuses upon the
less well know aspects of a plethora of
Spetsnaz information and analysis ranging from
special unit organizations to acute descriptions of a variety of
Spetsnaz firefights. Most
Spetsnaz Desant carefully explains the desant (operations behind enemy
lines) aspect of
Spetsnaz operations. That aspect is of key importance to Spetsnaz
and actually constitutes a defining concept. In fact, the emphasis on
in Spetsnaz Desant, makes it a key companion volume of another popular
QuikManeuvers.com e-book entitled
Desant Warfighting.
Review Table of Contents
“Operations by Soviet forward detachments are not restrained by any limitations. 'The operations of forward detachments
must be independent and not restricted by the dividing lines,' the
Soviet Military Encyclopedia declares. The fact that the
forward detachments may be cut off from the main force should not deter them. For example, on the advance in
Manchuria in 1945 the 6th Guards Tank Army advanced rapidly towards the ocean, having crossed the desert, the
apparently impregnable Khingan mountain range and the rice fields, and covering 810 kilometers in eleven days. But
ahead of it were forward detachments, operating continually, which had rushed 150 to 200 kilometers ahead of the main
force. When the officer in command of the front learnt of this spurt ahead (by quite unprotected detachments, which really
had not a single support vehicle with them), he did not order the detachments to slow down; on the contrary, he ordered
them to increase their speed still further, and not to worry about the distance separating them, however great it was. The
more the forward detachments were separated from the main force, the better. The more unsuspected and strange the
appearance of Soviet troops seemed to the enemy, the greater the panic and the more successful the operations of both
the forward detachments and the main Soviet troops. Reinforcing the terrifying surprise of multiple Soviet thrusts into the
entrails of the enemy rear, is the presence of Spetsnaz units that also appear everywhere working closely with forward
Forward detachments were of enormous importance in the last war. The speed at which our troops advanced reached at
times eighty to a hundred kilometers a day. Such a speed of advance in operations on such an enormous scale causes
surprise even today. But it must always be remembered that this terrible rate of advance was to a great extent made
possible by the operations of the forward detachments'. These are the words of Army- General I.I. Gusakovsky, the same
general who from January to April 1945, from the Vistula to Berlin itself, commanded the forward detachment of the 11th
Guards Tank Corps and the whole of the 1st Guards Tank Army.
In the last war the forward detachments pierced the enemy's defenses with dozens of spearheads at the same time, and
the main body of troops followed in their tracks. The forward detachments then destroyed in the enemy's rear only targets
that were easy to destroy, and in many cases moved forward quickly enough to capture bridges before they were blown
up. The reason the enemy had not blown them up was because his main forces were still wholly engaged against the
main forces of the Red Army.”
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