Accession Number : ADA216424

Title :   Night Attack by a Soviet Battalion.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMBINED ARMS CENTER FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SOVIET ARMY STUDIES OFFICE

Personal Author(s) : Gebhardt, James F.

Report Date : JUN 1989

Pagination or Media Count : 46

Abstract : Soviet ground force tactical units conduct night attacks in accordance with a theoretical model which has changed little over the past decade. Its salient characteristics are prebattle reconnaissance, attack from the march, dismounted assault, illumination, patrolling, commitment of a second echelon, and penetration of the defending brigade reserve positions by dawn. Demonstrated Soviet tactical unit deficiencies in executing the night attack include land navigation and terrain orientation, driving, and use of night vision devices. Theoretical vulnerabilities which may be exploited include over reliance on illumination, predictibility of employment of combat reconnaissance patrols, and physical exhaustion of Soviet troops. Keywords: Night combat; Night attack; Soviet night tactics. (JHD)

Descriptors :   *MILITARY TACTICS, *NIGHT WARFARE, *USSR, ASSAULT, ATTACK, BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, COMBAT PATROLS, DEFICIENCIES, FATIGUE(PHYSIOLOGY), ILLUMINATION, MILITARY PERSONNEL, NIGHT VISION DEVICES, ORIENTATION(DIRECTION), TACTICAL RECONNAISSANCE, SURFACE NAVIGATION, TERRAIN, THEORY, VULNERABILITY.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE