Soviet Doctrine and Capabilities for Winter Operations.
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ARMY INST FOR ADVANCED RUSSIAN AND EAST EUROPEAN STUDIES APO NEW YORK 09053
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This paper examines Soviet doctrine for the conduct of winter operations. The geographical location of the Soviet Union places it in a belt of climatic extremes, and its armed forces have a rich historical background of combat in severe winter conditions. Drawing on these sources, the Soviet Union enjoys a decided advantage over other nations in preparation for such operations. Topics discussed in this paper include historical background, special conditions, offense, defense, artillery support, engineer support, logistics, and training. In general, it may be said that winter warfare is regarded by the Soviets as a normal combat situation, but they are fully aware of the peculiar requirements arising under conditions of severe weather and strive to overcome them. As a result the Red Army has a formidable capability for all-weather operations. Author
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics