A Study of Soviet Use of Field Artillery Weapons in a Direct Fire Role.
Master's thesis Aug 85-Jun 86,
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This study is a detailed look at the information available in current Soviet military publications on how the Soviets use their field artillery weapons in a direct fire role. It includes a discussion of the historical background for use of direct fire as it was developed during the Great Patriotic war. The primary emphasis is on how the Soviets currently employ direct fire during offensive and defensive operations, and the training techniques used to develop direct fire skills at individual and collective levels. The conclusions drawn from this study are that the Soviets will aggressively use their field artillery in a direct fire role in both offensive and defensive situations, but most routinely in the meeting engagement the major advantages for the use of direct fire are timeliness, accuracy, and ammunition savings routine training is conducted by Soviet artillery units to develop their direct fire skills and the soviets significant numerical advantage in artillery assets allows them the flexibility to employ it for direct fire.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics