By Lester W. Grau, David M. Glantz, National Defense University Press
This choice of vignettes was once written via Soviet junior officials describing their stories scuffling with the Mujahideen guerillas. it isn't a background of the Soviet-Afghan conflict, yet snapshots of wrestle as obvious by means of younger platoon leaders, corporation commanders, battalion commanders and army advisers.
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However, the skirmish also showed that the company had insufficient experience in conducting combat in mountainous regions and neither the officers, sergeants, nor soldiers knew the enemy's tactics. If the enemy had held his fire until the entire comparty was moving on the path between hill # 1 and # 2 (where there was nothing but open wheat fields to the right and left), the company would have been in a very serious predicament. Instead, the enemy opened fire immediately when the company reached the southern outskirts of the village.
Krokhin, landed and destroyed the enemy in the strong point of Kuchi. By 0830 hours, they had linked up with the approaching bronegruppa, which had driven there under the command of the 6th Company's commander, Senior Lieutenant R. S. Zarifov. The 2nd Battalion mounted its vehicles and conducted a raid on the axis Apikutan-Badguzar with the missions of searching and destroying weapons and ammunition caches. The enemy, while conducting delaying actions withdrew part of their force into the mountains, while the other part withdrew into Ishkamesh-the main strong point in this mujahideentraining center.
Following this, the two units would switch roles while the Afghan battalion swept Turkha. At the designated time, the 150-man Afghan battalion exited the fortress. It reached Post 21 in an hour and a half. The Soviet company swept the villages of Tal'khana and Dashtak. No mujahideen were discovered during the sweep, but a hidden mujahideenrest station with a small supply of food and anti-Soviet leaflets was discovered. The battalion reached the village of Turkha on the evening of 29 October. Observers at Post 20 had seen mujahideenmoving through Turkha the day before.
Bear Went Over the Mountain: Soviet Combat Tactics in Afghanistan by Lester W. Grau, David M. Glantz, National Defense University Press