Front Defensive Operations

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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

  1. 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.

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