Bear Went Over the Mountain: Soviet Combat Tactics in by Lester W. Grau, David M. Glantz, National Defense University

By Lester W. Grau, David M. Glantz, National Defense University Press

This selection of vignettes used to be written via Soviet junior officials describing their studies struggling with the Mujahideen guerillas. it's not a historical past of the Soviet-Afghan struggle, yet snapshots of wrestle as obvious by way of younger platoon leaders, corporation commanders, battalion commanders and army advisers.

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My 2nd Company completed its mission and moved into position by 0300 on 5 June. The mujahideendid not detect their arrival. 0. Our mortar platoon returned fire and killed the enemy. Fifteen minutes later, the 3rd Company established its blocking posi23S. V. Krutyakov served in the OKSVA from 1985 to 1987 as the commander of a motorized rifle battalion. ). 34 GRAU tions. At 0400 hours, the 3rd Platoon of my 2nd Company was attacked by 25 mujahideen supported by a mortar. The enemy attacked from the east and the platoon was blinded by the rising sun.

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Once the enemy has dug into a mountainside, green zone or village, heavy forces with superior numbers and superior fire power are necessary to blast them out. Once the surprise had worn off on this raid, the Soviets were fighting two separated actions and lacked the combat power to win either of them. " One has to ask, however, was it deliberate deception or were they just lucky that these were the aircraft available? 24 GRAU Sweeping a green zone in Helmand Province by Major V. I. K u r o c h k i n 17 In May 1984 we conducted an army operation to clear guerrilla forces from Helmand Province.

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