David and Goliath - Can Airborne Infantry Defend Against Armor in Central Europe?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This study examines the viability of the 82d Airborne Divisions Antiarmor Defense Concept in the Central European environment. An overview of the Airborne Antiarmor Defense AAD concept is provided. This monograph compares the AAD with concepts for infantry defense against armor expoused by B.H. Liddell Hart such as the dynamic and archipelago defenses. This monograph examines the historical perspective of five select battles where a predominantly infantry force was successful in defending against armor and then seeks to determine those factors that resulted in victory. The battles examined are Medenine, El Alamein, Targul Frumos, Kursk, and Sicily. Throughout the historical review there are analyses of the relationship between the AAD and Liddell Harts indirect approach. Doctrinal, training, and materiel implications pertaining to infantry defense using the AAD against armor complete the report. It is concluded that, while the 82d Airborne Div. Antiarmor Defense Concept will work in Central Europe, there are some doctrinal and training deficiencies which need to be noted.
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