An Interesting Look At Russian USSR Squad Tactics and Formations

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An Interesting Look At Russian USSR Squad Tactics and Formations

Post by John Thomas8 » Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:15 am

This fellow on YouTube posts honest, well researched videos on WW2 topics, and this one was really interesting:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfZXlpJkDJg

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Post by Truscott Trotter » Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:43 am

Love Da accent - very authentic. I have Charles Sharpes book so I will look forward to watching the vid to see what he makes of it.

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Post by John Thomas8 » Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:56 am

Well, since he's Austrian, the accent is straight up authentic. And he's dedicated to honesty, not being right.

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Post by gebhk » Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:48 am

Thanks JT8 - fascinating. Thanks for that.

I suspect writing manuals is much like writing wargames rules. Was any work on how reality differs from the fantasy of manuals such as that of Wigram for the British army, done for the Germans and Soviets? I suspect not, as doctrinaire totalitarian governments prefer to avoid reality (at least officially) - but you never know what may have been done in secret.....

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Post by George2591 » Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:19 pm

This is the guy whose Panzergrenadier Commandments recommend fighting from halftrack, he backs this up with another about 1944 tactics which this time recommends always fighting from halftrack.

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Post by Truscott Trotter » Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:57 pm

John Thomas8 wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:56 am
Well, since he's Austrian, the accent is straight up authentic. And he's dedicated to honesty, not being right.
I nust meant the accent adds to the atmosphere not to imply it was fake in any way. It sounded Russian to me.
Ok?

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Post by John Thomas8 » Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:28 am

Truscott Trotter wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:57 pm
John Thomas8 wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:56 am
Well, since he's Austrian, the accent is straight up authentic. And he's dedicated to honesty, not being right.
I nust meant the accent adds to the atmosphere not to imply it was fake in any way. It sounded Russian to me.
Ok?
Ah. Cool. He's got a huge number of rather interesting talks about various aspects of WWII. Worth a listen, I'm about halfway through them now.

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Post by Levi the Ox » Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:44 pm

Good find!

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Post by batesmotel34 » Sat Feb 22, 2020 3:34 pm

The 'Military History Visualized' and 'Not Visualized' series are both worthwhile The author is a hstorian and generally seems to a good job in what he presents.

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Post by Alexander Wood » Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:29 am

A bit late to this one.

Yes, they seem to have been as good as anyone else at the gun group/rifle group thing. Many years ago we got the chance to put some questions to Red Army veterans and in response to a question about tactics one answered "We didn't worry about tactics that was for the officer. All we had to do was run, lie down, fire, run, lie down, fire." Which is a beautiful, unforced description of fire and movement.

For what it's worth the 1938 and 1942 manuals describe
moving by bounds within the sections, sections within platoons, and platoons within companies. So it's not like it's an alien concept.

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