Preserving Shock Action: A New Approach to Armored Maneuver Warfare
FOREIGN MILITARY STUDIES OFFICE (ARMY) FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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In theory, mechanized infantry, self-propelled artillery, and armored forces are mutually supporting. Artillery rains destruction to the front and flanks as infantry personnel carriers and dismounted infantry protect tanks from enemy antitank systems and enemy infantry. Simultaneously, tanks protect the personnel carriers and dismounted infantry from enemy tanks and strong points. In practice, personnel carriers have problems keeping up with fast-moving tanks, their armor protection is too thin to survive at the point of the attack and battle drills between tanks and mechanized infantry frequently break down due to the lack of sufficient team training prior to combat. Artillery fire may be on or off target, or too early or too late. The bottom line is that there is often too great a gap between the tanks and the mechanized infantry at the crucial point and artillery may not bridge that gap.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Combat Vehicles