By Lester W. Grau, David M. Glantz, National Defense University Press
This selection of vignettes used to be written by way of Soviet junior officials describing their reviews combating the Mujahideen guerillas. it's not a historical past of the Soviet-Afghan conflict, yet snapshots of wrestle as noticeable via younger platoon leaders, corporation commanders, battalion commanders and armed forces advisers.
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I could only give an approximate location which I felt would be accurate to within 50 meters. The artillery refused to shoot the mission without more precise data. The enemy force attacked three times. During the third assault, the command post was running out of ammunition. Each member of the command group, at my direction, simultaneously threw a grenade and broke contact with the enemy and withdrew to the In'st platoon position. Even when we had joined forces with the first platoon, we did not pursue the enemy because of his clear numerical superiority.
In the course of combat, we killed up to 20 mujahideen, captured and evacuated several weapons caches and captured and destroyed several ammunition caches. FRUNZE COMMENTARY: We found that when conducting a block and sweep of a canyon, it was best to accomplish the approach march and get into attack positions at night. Further, close cooperation between the blocking and sweeping forces was absolutely crucial in order to maintain the tempo of the sweep and accomplish the task on time. These were done well.
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. The mujahideenin this region were very well trained and bore an undying hatred toward the government of Afghanistan. By this time, Soviet forces had accumulated a great deal of experience in conducting sweeps of separate regions and inhabited areas. Usually, motorized rifle soldiers dismounted from their carriers and conducted the sweeps on foot without their carriers. Practically speaking, this meant that they conducted these sweeps without the immediate fire support of tanks, artillery and BMPs (or BTRs).
Bear Went Over the Mountain: Soviet Combat Tactics in Afghanistan by Lester W. Grau, David M. Glantz, National Defense University Press