General Grachev somehow at one point, "joked" that he would take stern two hours forces of the 1st Airborne Regiment. As a result of 10 years of war in Chechnya had to expel the entire Russian army and Interior Ministry. History knows many examples of similar excess of self-confidence and fierce miscalculations in the planning of offensive operations — "jokers" from the British General Staff decided to grab a large foothold French coast with the 1st Panzer and six infantry regiments — only 6,000 paratroopers with the support of 74 Squadron of the Royal Air Force and a fleet of 237 ships of different purposes. Promptly at 5 am August 19, 1942 the Allies began jauntily landing on the coast of occupied France. By 9 am the same day or the British and Canadians embarked on their barges and pushed off back home in fear — of the 6000 fighter still alive least half of the Air Force lost 100 aircraft, and in the cool waters of the English Channel submerged debris 34 British ships.
Airborne operation in Dieppe was nezapyatannoy profanity to assure Russian Alliance in the impossibility of an early opening of the Second Front. But this bloody statement was in reference example of the art of war in a series of "how not to do."
It would seem that the British well-planned operation, distributed power, provided a strong fire support from the sea and air. The paratroopers were well trained and provided with all the necessary equipment — right up to the languid tanks "Churchill".
The only "miscalculation" of the British command — a very small landing and a very weak support.
Allow to … 6000 and 237 ships — neuzh something that is not enough for the local operations with a moderate challenge to gain a foothold on "the other side" and just stand there a while, that the British command received a picture of the situation in France, the forces of the enemy and the likely case scenarios for glyaduschey planning a "big operation"? How unfortunate it did not sound isolated forces proved too little, even for such "nonsense" as a "reconnaissance in force" in the areas occupied by the Germans.
What should have been airborne forces for a successful landing at Dieppe? At the moment, hard to name a specific figure, but with the experience of landing in Normandy, the Allies at Dieppe just had to be a couple of times a fighter, and about 6 times more aircraft (specifically such an advantage in the air has been achieved during the "Overlord").
Apart from the well-known theorem of military "loss-hitter three times the losses of the defenders," there is still a theorem — any successful offensive operation should be carried out at the vast (Titanic, Straseni — you can name as you like) The advantage of the numerical attackers over defenders. The extent of this "superiority" is dependent on the specific situation and personal capabilities and ambitions of the warring parties. Red Army in 1944 lacked a reference 2-3 times the numerical advantages over the Wehrmacht. Arab armies are not enough even tenfold advantages, in order to "finally resolve" the issue of the existence of Israel.
Rare examples of current successful offensive operations by small forces — only confirm the generally accepted rule, and again also linked with some critical shortcomings of the defending armies. Moreover, often, in spite of its own initial success and heroism of the fighters, a small army of there fast, "crushed by the number of" bloodless and, eventually, broken into pieces. Mustachioed Hitler — an eyewitness.
Very, very unique fighting a war the United States (more precisely, they are the only ones who can afford it for myself) — in at least some of the military operation is operated entirely inadequate amount of force, war is being waged with full technical and material of privileges and, if ability, after the greatest economic and political weakening the enemy. Embargo help. And in general, it is necessary to choose in advance the enemy weaker.
This is particularly true of the situation in the air — then the Yankees (and their allies — in a time of friendship with "Uncle Sam", they picked up a little of its habits) seek to achieve a global effect: aircraft flies in the sky, and leads to victory. Against hundreds of "moribund" Yugoslav Air Force aircraft was cast in 1000 the most modern machines! The secret of similar efforts usually manifests itself after the war — napalm burned to the ground in the country's single loss on the part of the aggressors. And where the loss of tens of thousands of Yankees — the enemy loses millions (for example, during the second World War, the ratio of U.S. military losses and the Land of the Rising Sun was expressed to be ashamed of proportion 1:9).
Hammurabi, Tavalkana Nebuchadnezzar …
On the night of August 2, 1990, Iraqi T-72 made the feat — the criteria of severe embargo on military supplies, far from the rules of maintenance and lack of spare parts, Russian tanks structure without damage sustained 200-mile march through the desert and the day broke in Kuwait by conducting instantaneous capture of the country. Neither "Leclerc" or "Abrams" would not survive such a fierce test of time, rust and mad march.
Iraq was strong and knew about it, so act boldly and decisively. Fourth place in the world in the number of armored vehicles. 5500 tanks. 800 combat aircraft. 25 brigades of the Republican Guard. The famous Mechanized Division "Tavalkana" … Behind — eight years of continuous fighting with the army of Iran, which was obtained invaluable experience in planning and carrying out major strategic operations.
"Bush, then your fighter will tear apart! Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi fighter choice. They're all smash, they will desert in one hour, will undermine all your destroyers … "- spoke authoritatively about the wars in the Persian Gulf, Vladimir Zhirinovsky.
"If military action will last six months, the cost of them amount to 86 billion. dollars, and the loss of the American army reached 45 thousand people killed and wounded, destroyed 900 tanks and 600 aircraft "- a disturbing report of the U.S. Congress at first shocked the South American public. But President Bush has encouraged a civilization that war Iraq will last only a few days, and the loss will amount to 500 people. Little "pepper" added savvy reporters ferret out "military secret" — in the Persian Gulf was delivered 16 thousand body bags! Americans took with supplies.
In the Gulf War officially participated in 41 countries of the world — Iraq and the multinational coalition formed military units from 40 countries.
To deliver the myriad of manpower and equipment to the Gulf region to the Multinational Force (MNF) took six months! 6 months of South American-speed transports Sealift Command tirelessly discharged soldier, military vehicles and equipment to support numerous marinas in the region, Fri — 10's military bases on the territory of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates were almost overwhelmed with equipment. After half of the globe delivered ammunition and food, fuel and trailers with
Some managed to throw the air boards — Worldwide urgently rented 10's languid transport aircraft, for example, to deliver a component of anti-aircraft missiles "Patriot" used the An-124 "Ruslan". Soon flew 160 air tankers, specifically as it takes to ensure a reliable aircraft sorties MHC.
His swing was coming from the armor of Syria and Egypt. Some basic things brought up by warships from NATO. Help to prepare for the Great War intensively delivered from all 5 continents, something even assist newcomer Zealand and Argentina. Sweden sent a field hospital. Czechoslovakia — chemical defense battalion. According to the particle from all over the world.
In the end, after six months in the Persian Gulf and surrounding areas were concentrated:
— one million fighter
— 3360 tanks
— 4,000 armored personnel carriers,
— 2,600 combat aircraft,
— 1900 vehicles, attack and attack helicopters.
— 6 carrier battle groups, cruisers and nuclear submarines with cruise missiles "Tomahawk", rusty pair of battleships, several nuclear cruisers, amphibious assault helicopter-docks, weaving destroyers and frigates from the Navy all the nations of the world.
That's how many guns it took to "hack" the defense of Iraq!
The tanks are floating on the sea
Aircraft carrier strike group has entered the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf, the carrier battle group of the U.S. Navy left the Persian Gulf, the U.S. Navy amphibious group patrols the waters north of the Strait of Hormuz … South American AUG can enter as many in and out of the Persian Gulf, and down — up to that time while in the wallets of American taxpayers do not leave any last cent. South American AUG do not have any work to implement some harsh combat missions in local conflicts. Purely a means of political pressure and a show of force.
Look here at this company of 5-speed transports Sealift Command. At least some nuclear aircraft carrier just puppy in comparison with them — that they are the real "democratizers" doing all the "dirty work". These "war workers" do not play to the audience and the muscles do not participate in military parades. But any one of them is able to deliver in a few days are across the ocean 180 tanks "Abrams" and, in addition, a million gallons of fuel (South American measure of volume, 1 gallon? 3.74 liters). Specifically, high-speed transports Sealift Command — a key element in at least some modern local war without them it would be impossible to function the Army and Marine Corps away from home shores. They are responsible for the supply of numerous U.S. military bases outside the United States.
A total of 115 units, 50 more ships are mothballed. Traditionally, most of the transports are named in honor of the soldiers who died heroically, with the exception of a series of "Algol" — all eight transports of this series are the name of the bright stars. On the technical side, there are two main requirements for transport: a tremendous tonnage (DWT occasionally achieves 30 thousand tons at full load displacement of over 60 thousand!) — These iron "barge" so significant that they exceed the size of an aircraft carrier "Admiral Kuznetsov". Second important requirement — the speed (over 24 knots), and the best of them can develop the speed to 33 knots!
In the past, they all — civilian container ships and ro-ro purchased from various companies around the world and have passed on the modernization of the global military shipyards. All the transports in the order of mandatory equipped with massive derricks (60-100 tons) and pontoons for dropping the heavy armored vehicles without mooring to the shore. Ro-ro (vessels carrying wheeled vehicles) normally equipped lifting ramp for unloading on Preserving the tanks and trucks under its own power. On most of the transports mounted helipad, there are facilities to accommodate additional members of the team — in peacetime transports civilians maintained a civilian officials, as required crew may be increased by sailors.
As we have already made certain limited powers unrealistic "one shelf" to hold any big offensive military operations — not even a war with Iraq that claimed a small verbovaniya million fighter and more than seven thousand armored vehicles! On the other hand, for the transfer and efficient supply of million-man army needs special naval equipment (because so far there is not a ton of 1st equal in efficiency and capacity of sea-going vessels). Because we can confidently state that the U.S. war with Iran will not commence until such time as the Strait of Hormuz is not flashed at a constant frequency of large transports Sealift Command.