Accession Number : ADA309834

Title :   Armor Attacks in Restrictive Terrain: Is Current U.S. Army Doctrine Adequate?

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

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

Personal Author(s) : Davis, Mark A.

PDF Url : ADA309834

Report Date : 18 DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 83

Abstract : This monograph seeks to determine the adequacy of current U.S. Army doctrine as it pertains to the planning and execution of attacks by an armored force in restrictive terrain. Many circumstances and possible threats will require the use of a mounted force in offensive operations in less than favorable terrain. Therefore, it is important to assess pertinent doctrine. The monograph begins with a discussion of restrictive terrain as defined in doctrinal publications. The paper then evaluates doctrine concerning offensive armor operations in restrictive terrain. Following the doctrinal review, three historical examples related to armor attacks in restrictive terrain are examined: Kampfgruppe Peiper's attack through the Ardennes in 1944, Task Force Crombez' attack to linkup with encircled forces at Chip'yong-ni in Korea in 1951, and Operation Lam Son 719 in Vietnam and Laos in 1971. The study then develops key considerations from the historical examples. The key considerations become the standard by which doctrine is measured. The monograph concludes that current U.S. Army doctrine is inadequate because it does not effectively address planning and executing armor attacks in restrictive terrain.

Descriptors :   *ARMOR, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *ATTACK, *TERRAIN, *LIMITATIONS, *BARRIERS, *ARMY PLANNING, MILITARY OPERATIONS, MILITARY HISTORY, MILITARY STANDARDS, THREAT EVALUATION, MOUNTS, KOREA, VIETNAM, LAOS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Armor

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE