Corps Stay-Behind Force -- A Role for the Light Infantry Division on the Central European Battlefield,
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES
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This paper discusses a role for the light infantry division in Central Europe during a mid- to high-intensity conflict, namely as a stay-behind force in a corps covering force area. The purpose of such a mission would be to disrupt the enemys rear echelon elements to delay the advance of his second echelon forces to provide continuous intelligence to the forces fighting in the main battle area MBA and to assist in the parent corps counter-offensive. The monograph first defines stay-behind operations and forces, and then discusses the missions a stay-behind mission for a light infantry division, analyzing the conduct of the operation using the eight operating systems commonly used in after-reaction reviews at the US Armys National Training Center. Due to its importance to this concept, the study also includes an analysis of the human element of combat during stay-behind operations. Finally, this study discusses the effects of stay-behind operations on an attacking force with emphasis on the effects on, and reaction of, a Soviet force attacking through the light infantry divisions area of operations.
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