From the Heavy OPFOR Operational, here is a picture of a front-sized defensive operation. My first thought upon seeing it and counting the divisions, besides any political concerns, is – “Does NATO even have enough forces to break through it without a huge amount of technological superiority”?
This particular diagram is something of an idealized best case, as the front has both a second-echelon tank army to counterattack and several independent divisions as “combined arms reserves”. But still. I’d have to ask…
- How much of a force multiplier are the initial belts (which were expected to be overrun?)
- How much of the artillery and missile forces can survive and fire effectively on the attackers as they approach?
- Most importantly, what’s the overall context?
One thought on “Front Defensive Operations”
Context is key. I think that the full defensive setup would only be used in either a flank security or economy of force operation. In either case they are not likely to have all the toys, nor such small frontages.
From a NATO perspective, this is a great place not to be – go around it.