Accession Number : ADA191397

Title :   Corps Stay-Behind Force -- A Role for the Light Infantry Division on the Central European Battlefield,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Richmond, Melvin E , Jr

PDF Url : ADA191397

Report Date : 05 Dec 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 77

Abstract : This paper discusses a role for the light infantry division in Central Europe during a mid- to high-intensity conflict, namely as a stay-behind force in a corps covering force area. The purpose of such a mission would be to disrupt the enemy's rear echelon elements; to delay the advance of his second echelon forces; to provide continuous intelligence to the forces fighting in the main battle area (MBA); and to assist in the parent corps' counter-offensive. The monograph first defines stay-behind operations and forces, and then discusses the missions a stay-behind mission for a light infantry division, analyzing the conduct of the operation using the eight operating systems commonly used in after-reaction reviews at the US Army's National Training Center. Due to its importance to this concept, the study also includes an analysis of the human element of combat during stay-behind operations. Finally, this study discusses the effects of stay-behind operations on an attacking force with emphasis on the effects on, and reaction of, a Soviet force attacking through the light infantry division's area of operations.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), *ARMY OPERATIONS, *MILITARY TACTICS, BATTLEFIELDS, CENTRAL EUROPE, CONFLICT, DIVISION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, HUMANS, INFANTRY, INTENSITY, WARFARE, ARMY, REAR AREAS, LAND WARFARE, MISSIONS

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE