Accession Number:

ADB020594

Title:

The Soviet Motorized Rifle Battalion in the Meeting Engagement

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1977-06-10

Pagination or Media Count:

135.0

Abstract:

This research project is designed to examine the available evidence concerning the employment of a type unit of the Soviet Army in a particular offensive action. This paper is the result of this authors efforts to understand the use of a Soviet Army reinforced motorized rifle battalion in the conduct of a meeting engagement. Specifically addressed herein are three questions 1 what is the doctrine for the employment of a reinforced motorized rifle battalion in a meeting engagement 2 do the units involved train to comply with the doctrine and 3 how well do they train. In order to answer these questions, this study has concentrated on available Soviet writings published since the Middle East War of 1973. The investigation of the available material indicates there is some very specific doctrine for the employment of the battalion that has been considered for modification since the Yom Kippur War of 1973. The typical motorized rifle battalion generally follows the doctrine during its training cycle. However, their training seems to leave much to be desired. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE