The Military System Ukraine Needs To Counterattack

  • Soldiers move towards a location until they come under fire.
  • Once shot at, they’re pinned unless they can muster superior fire support or maneuver clear.
  • Usually another unit provides the firepower, spotting, or physical movement needed to displace the threat.
  • Fronts extend laterally as units on either side of the fight come into contact and try to maneuver until natural terrain features limit expansion.
  • Each side masses reserves to create local superiority in numbers, tries to break through the line or halt penetrations.
  • Loop repeats until one side or both is exhausted.
Basic operational scheme for 5–6 Battlegroups moving to strike Kherson, ideally forcing Russian troops to pull back to Crimea. Base image from liveuamap, lines as of July 19th. Blue line from Nova Khakova indicates canal to Crimea, a major Russian objective on day 1. Retaking would send a message and undermine Russian claims of success, as well as threaten supply lines coming north from Crimea.
Battle Group battlefield hypothetical deployment. Base image from liveuamap. Note artillery and SAM ranges cover this entire area, and each Troop has short range SAMs as well. Can target anything close enough to pose a threat.
A Challenger 2 tank — turret doesn’t go all jack in the box like Soviet models. And the Salisbury Plain, pictured here, is not vulnerable to Russian tank attack. Image by Cpl Russ Nolan RLC
A Stryker on exercises in Germany, by 1st Lt. Henry Chan. Beats a BTR!

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