Accession Number : ADA297824

Title :   Elements of Operational Design in the Russo-Finnish War.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s) : Deane, William H.

PDF Url : ADA297824

Report Date : 16 MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 31

Abstract : The Russo-Finnish War of 1939-1940 presents several lessons and pertinent examples of operational design, both well and poorly crafted. It can serve as an important case study, specifically in regard to the capabilities of a smaller force operating without technical advantage to successfully delay, allowing time for an external response, coalition or allied. In addition, the conduct of the operation by the Soviet forces offers historical perspective that may be applied to the current environment, using force against smaller nations in the "near abroad". The Soviet emphasis on an operational solution to overcome tactical weaknesses, training tand employment, is also demonstrated. The components of operational design are tracked through the preparation and execution of the conflict, comparing anticipated results of that design with the reality achieved.

Descriptors :   *USSR, *MILITARY HISTORY, *CONFLICT, *STRATEGIC WARFARE, *FINLAND, ENVIRONMENTS, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), SOLUTIONS(GENERAL), CASE STUDIES, RESPONSE.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE