By Lester W. Grau, David M. Glantz, National Defense University Press
This choice of vignettes used to be written by means of Soviet junior officials describing their reports scuffling with the Mujahideen guerillas. it isn't a background of the Soviet-Afghan conflict, yet snapshots of wrestle as noticeable by way of younger platoon leaders, corporation commanders, battalion commanders and armed forces advisers.
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At 0500 hours, move the rest of the battalion (minus the blocking company) into the canyon to search for and destroy the enemy which was resting in the village located in the canyon. At 2200 hours 14 December, the blocking group moved out on GAZ 66 trucks. The trucks headlights were off. They drove from the battalion lager, which was located along the highway, north toward Chaghasarai. In order to deceive mujahideenreconnaissance, several GAZ 66 trucks also drove south from the lager. The trucks dropped the first group two kilometers south of the canyon and then continued north.
The rest of the air assault battalion will block the southern exit of the canyon. The battalion is reinforced with a tank platoon, an antitank battery, a flamethrower platoon, and a sapper platoon. Two self-propelled howitzer battalions, a battery of BM-22 "Hurricane" (RSZO) 220mm MRLS, a squadron of Su-25 " F R O G F O O T " closeair support aircraft, and a flight of Mi-24 helicopter gunships will pro- Map 11: Successive blocks while sweeping a mountain valley 38 GRAU vide fire support to the battalion.
G. " Training and rehearsals for this action began on 16 March and concentrated on combat in mountains, clearing and overcoming minefields and booby-traps, night combat, sealing off caves and killing their defenders, evacuation of wounded from the mountains, and the destruction of supply caches by explosives (this last training was done in conjunction with attached sappers-each company had an attached sapper squad for this action). The train-up ended with a full battalion tactical exercise. The battalion commander refined his final orders at 2000 hours on 24 March and issued them to his subordinates at 2200 hours.