By Lester W. Grau, David M. Glantz, National Defense University Press
This number of vignettes was once written via Soviet junior officials describing their reports scuffling with the Mujahideen guerillas. it isn't a heritage of the Soviet-Afghan warfare, yet snapshots of strive against as noticeable through younger platoon leaders, corporation commanders, battalion commanders and armed forces advisers.
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Extra info for Bear Went Over the Mountain: Soviet Combat Tactics in Afghanistan
At 0500 hours on 22July, the 3rd Mountain Rifle Battalion, reinforced by m y 7th Motorized Rifle Company, moved out. L. Makkoveev commanded a motorized rifle company in the Limited Contingent of Soviet Forces in Afghanistan from December 1979 to November 1981. He was decorated with the Military Order "For Service to the Fatherland in the Armed Forces of the USSR" Third Class. ). S. Army C-ration. There were three types of dry rations. The first contained a can of meat, some crackers or toast, some jam and a tea bag.
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. Enemy losses were 20 killed. My company had no casualties. F R U N Z E C O M M E N T A R Y : From this local episode, one can evaluate the following characteristic features associated with a larger brigade-size block and search action: • • • • • • using helicopters to seal off areas; tight coordination between subunits; skillful leadership and the ability to make the right decisions on the battlefield; initiative and steadfastness by our conscript soldiers at the command post of the air assault company; failure of communications; the absence of platoon leaders' initiative (a significant battle was taking place to their right, yet the platoon leaders kept their platoons in their positions awaiting orders from the company commander); and, 18 GRAU deception by the enemy (instead of withdrawing straight back from his forward positions, he withdrew parallel to his forward positions toward the north).
150400 DEC (mlnull one 142300 ,r / . N i \ \ Map 3: Blocking and destroying a guerilla force in Kunar Province on 15 December 1980. THE BEAR WENT OVER THE MOUNTAIN 11 Combing the city of Bamian and its outlying towns during the course of a raid by Major A. P. Pivovarenko During the winter of 1980, the situation along the roads between Termez and Kabul worsened. Enemy activity was particularly heavy in the area of the Salang pass leading to the critical Salang tunnel. Guerrilla forces struck convoys of military vehicles and trucks.