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Winter Warfare : Red Army Orders and Experiences - Richard N. Armstrong

Winter Warfare

Red Army Orders and Experiences

By: Richard N. Armstrong (Editor), Joseph G. Welsh (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st June 1997
ISBN: 9780714642376
Number Of Pages: 190

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Based on German and Soviet military archival material, this book provides a rare insight into the tactics and planning for combat in a winter climate. It also studies the mechanisms for change in an army during the course of battle. br br The first part of the book looks at the tactical pamphlet 'People's Commissar for Defence Order No. 109', as passed by Red Army units on 4 March 1941, which provided regulations for combat in Winter. The document came to the West through the German military intelligence files of the High Command of Forces, Foreign Armies East (Fremde Heere Ost) and represents a distillation of lessons learned from Red Army experiences during the Russo-Finnish War. br br The second part of the book, using material from the Soviet military archives, reveals Red Army General Staff supplements to the winter regulation. Orders and directives alone are insufficient to ensure the passing of tacit knowledge in winter warfare. Within the Red Army, an institutional process existed for the collection of combat lessons which provided the tactical and operational examples for subordinate commands to emulate in training and battle.

Red Army regulation for combat action of troops in winter
Effects of winter conditions on the combat actions of troops
Peculiarities of command and control
Peculiarities of troop combat security
Peculiarities of organization and work in the rear area
Offensive combat
Meeting engagement
Marching in winter
Rest and rest security
Combat operations by ski units and formations in the enemy rear
Appendices: instructions for preventing frostbite
Rules for the care and control of livestock in winter
Instructions for the combat preparations of infantry weapons, mortars, artillery, ammunition, optical equipment, tanks, vehicles and "akkus"
Directions for troops crossing over ice and construction of roads in winter
Standards for the transport of wounded on ski-litters and "volokushas" (canoe-like sled with shaft runners)
Transport of weapons and ammunition on volokushas and volokush-boats and how one fires maching-guns from them
Construction of field-dwelling shelters in winter
Red Army war experiences: operational-tactical lessons of the winter campaign of 1941-42
Features of offensive activities in the winter
Combat use of ski troops
Combat operations by artillery during the winter of 1941-42
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ISBN: 9780714642376
ISBN-10: 0714642371
Series: Cass Series on Soviet Military Theory and Practice
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 190
Published: 1st June 1997
Publisher: F CASS PUBN
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.34  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1