The organization and conduct of offensive combat infantry platoon to a height
In January 1944, our forces conducted an offensive in the area Novosokolniki. In the evening on January 15 1st rifle company 155 th Guards Rifle Regiment of the 52nd Guards Rifle Division received a puzzle — of early in the morning on January 19 before dawn break through the front line of defense, to take hold in height and 241.2 at dawn to provide input to the main battle forces regiment .
The company commander, Lt. Uras, decided to build a high mastery of the order of battle of platoons in line: on the right side — the third infantry platoon in the center — the 2nd Infantry platoon and the left — 1st infantry platoon under the command of lieutenant Smirnov.
The morning of January 16 after a reconnaissance commander of a rifle company put a rifle platoon lieutenant Smirnov task — to kill the enemy in the south-western slopes of Hill 241.2, and coming on the north-western slopes, to gain a foothold on them and provide input to major combat forces left-flank battalion Regiment.
The platoon was amplified by one heavy machine gun, a division of sappers and 3 scouts, guides.
To combat support platoon scheduled 15-minute artillery fire attack. Four 45-mm gun mounted on the direct fire, mortar platoon and two artillery batteries,  dedicated to support the coming of the platoon had to kill the enemy firing points and accompany advancing infantry platoon until such time as she is one hundred percent not obsessed with the western part of the elevation.
2nd infantry platoon, advancing to the right, got a puzzle to take over the central part of the height.
The western part of the height of the defender to 241.2 reinforced platoon of enemy infantry. The defense of the enemy was well prepared in engineering terms. She had developed a system of trenches and communication trenches, gun emplacements, engineering structures and fences. First trench ran along the southern slopes of the height of 250 meters from our troops, the second — closer to the top, the third — for circulating ramps height. In the south-western slopes of the height of the first trench is turned at an angle to the north and connects with the second and third trenches, presenting themselves there seems to be severed position.
Between the trenches had two bunkers, two outdoor playgrounds machine gun and one 75-mm gun, which was put on the direct fire, for the third trench were two 81-mm mortar. Before the front line of defense had barbed wire stakes in three rows, anti-tank and anti-personnel mines. On the northern slopes of hills, between the second and third trenches, the enemy had dug in which rested the Marines.
The terrain on the front line of defense of the enemy and in the coming depth was open. Height 241.2, dominating the surrounding terrain was very comfortable for the organization and conduct of the defensive battle. Open terrain and altitude made it difficult to dominate the coming of the rifle platoon.
There was a thaw, the fog was creeping along the ground. NIGHT MODE visibility in the fog did not exceed 10-12 meters. Dawn started only 8:00. 25 minutes.
Having problems on coming, commander of the 1st Infantry platoon calculated the time available in his preparation for the offensive.
In preparation for the attack was given almost three days. This time, the platoon commander distributed as follows: at  a day on January 16 to conduct reconnaissance, make a decision and put puzzles squad leaders, manage the interaction with the platoon and gunners and prepare personnel for night classes, on the night of January 17 and 18 spend the night classes platoon tactical training, for all 3 days — 16, 17 and 18 January — the personnel of the platoon to teach the enemy a puzzle, the direction of the attack and the targeting signals. Recreation personnel of the platoon was provided in the afternoon.
After spending a reconnaissance squad leaders and commander of calculating machine gun, rifle platoon commander decided to put the puzzles and squad leaders and calculating machine gun.
1st small office was ordered to attack the right flank of the platoon, assault and kill the gun in the first trench and take possession of the second trench in the area between the progress reports linking the first trench with the second, and the course of communication, connecting a second trench dugouts. Then the 1st small office was to storm the dugout during the assistance of the 2nd small office, killing is in their infantry, to take over the third trench in the area north of the pit, to reflect the likely counter-attacks from the north and north-east, and provide input to the main battle force battalion.
2nd small office was ordered to attack by a hollow in the center of the rifle platoon, assault and kill a bunker between the first and second trenches and take possession of the second trench in the area between the progress reports linking the second trench dug-out, and the progress reports linking the first trench with the second. Then the 2nd small office to storm the dugout, and in collaboration with the 1st kill small office is in their infantry, to take over the third trench in the area to the left of the 1st Infantry Branch, reflect counter-attacks from the north and north-west, and provide input to main battle forces battalion.
3rd small office was ordered to attack the left flank of the open rifle platoon, on the south-western slopes of the height 241.2, assault and kill a bunker between the first and second trenches to the right of the fork and take possession of the second trench in the area between the progress reports connecting the first trench with the second, and the junction of trenches. After that the separation had to storm the gun between the second and third trenches and kill its calculation, to take over the shut-off trench in the area between the second and third trenches reflect counter-attacks from the west and to the left flank of the infantry battalion when putting it into action.
Sapernoe office by 5pm on January 19 ordered to make three passes (based on a single pass on small branch) in the engineering obstacles in front of his opponent's front line of defense on the directions of the coming of the infantry divisions, and with the beginning of the coming attack with the 2nd and 3rd infantry  offices to block and disrupt the enemy bunkers.
Calculation of machine-gun attack got puzzle on the left third of small offices, to provide its attack from the front and from the left flank, to reflect the enemy counterattack from the west and to the left flank of the infantry battalion when putting it into action.
Sam platoon commander decided to stay in the second (the guide) department.
Then a platoon leader in the platoon organized interaction and control. With all this he determined: the time and the order of exit infantry units from the initial position to limit attacks order to overcome engineering obstacles and traffic on the attack, the sequence of destruction of enemy firing points, the order of firing light and heavy machine guns, also change their positions in the process of moving infantry offices, procedures and targeting signals.
The initial position rifle platoon had to take in 7:00 on January 19. Nomination of infantry divisions to limit the attack was prescribed at 7:00. 30 min., In other words, immediately after our artillery will fire attack.
Limit of attack infantry divisions was appointed to the wire fence, before reaching 10-15 meters from the done it passes.
When moving in
fantry units from the initial position to limit attacks engineers designated aisle seats in the engineering obstacles enemy signals flashlight.
Front line of defense shooting department had to buzz at once. During the attack, machine gun emplacements and enemy infantry divisions of our machine guns provided the attack of the 1st and 2nd divisions of the machine gun and heavy machine-gun attack provided the 3rd Infantry Branch of the guns of the enemy.
1st and 2nd Infantry Branch, possessing the second trench dug immediately attacked from the east and from the west (from the wings) are found there and destroyed the enemy infantry. With all this light machine guns provided attack offices of the enemy mortars.
Third small compartment at the time of the attack the 1st and 2nd  dugouts enemy infantry divisions attacked the enemy's cannon, machine gun and the third compartment, taking up a position in the second trench, supported the attack of his own department.
During the attack, the infantry divisions calculations machine guns moved in the chain of offices and fire are on the go. In the event that the enemy will have a strong resistance, they were ordered to move abroad, taking positions for firing.
Calculation of machine gun had to follow the borders as they move 3rd Infantry Branch 30-40 meters for his chain. In this case, both manual and machine-guns moved from the 1st turn to another only after the shooting department with the support of machine-gun fire will be ahead by 30-40 meters.
For office management platoon commander declared sound and light signals.
In the second half of the day or on January 18 platoon organized interaction with artillery. It is the consistency of actions and artillery platoon during Advent and the establishment of interaction signals.
Since the beginning of the attack infantry platoon 1st branch received a signal 45-mm gun, a leading light machine-gun fire on the enemy, to move the heavy machine-gun fire on. Fire of the guns at firing points had to be carried up to the time that a rifle platoon is not obsessed with the first enemy trench.
2nd and 3rd Infantry Branch, breaking into the first trench, immediately send a signal 45-mm guns, leading fire on the enemy bunker, the postponement of fire on enemy's weapon, was located between the second and third trenches.
Two artillery batteries and mortar platoon at that time consuming to conduct indirect fire on dugouts, guns and mortars of the enemy. As a rifle platoon has seized the second trench, platoon leader gives a signal to move the artillery fire from dug-outs on the mortars. The signal to stop the mortar fire and fire 45 mm shells at the heavy machine gun and cannon enemy commanders served the first and third infantry divisions.
Oppression shown again or re-animated enemy firing points was assigned to the artillery, which opened fire on the signals commanding infantry units.
The signal for a 45-mm guns to move the fire with a machine gun on the machine gun and cannon emplacements on the opponent installed with tracer bullets. The signal for the artillery, which stood on the closed firing positions to move the huts on fire with mortars was a series of greenish missiles. The signal for mortars and 45-mm guns of the ceasefire by heavy machine gun and cannon were solitary greenish enemy missiles.
For the oppression and destruction or alive again showed the enemy firing points set an alarm — reddish rocket toward the firing point.
In the rear area of defense Infantry Regiment was chosen area, similar to the height of 241.2, where for 2-nights January 17 and 18 attended the assault platoon reference pt. With all this attention was paid to the ability to withstand an attack vector and the highest rate of Advent, the ability to act in a chain of department; keep unlit fire on targets, flares and silhouettes, and on the go with the places, to determine the distance to the firing points on the flash and sound of shots, to overcome barriers and obstacles, move in azimuth; move silently on the ground, keep a close fight. Great importance was attached to the organization and implementation of the communication and control during the fight.
On the night of January 19 rifle platoon was preparing to attack. By one o'clock all staff received a white camouflage robe. The gun was wrap up a snow-white cloth, machine gun is painted pure white paint and mounted on skis.
To 6 hours. 45 minutes. engineers have made the passages in the engineering obstacles. Reconnaissance platoon profit-conductors. The entire personnel of the platoon got hot food. Artillery positions at private and direct fire weapons were ready to open fire on the enemy firing points and enemy troops.
By 7 o'clock platoon, observing the concealment measures that took the starting position for the attack. It was gloomy. Opponent from time to time led a small-arms fire and rocket vperedilezhaschuyu covered terrain.
At 7:00. 30 minutes. began firing artillery raid by reference Fri opponent. Raid lasted 15 minutes. Direct fire guns opened fire on light and heavy machine gun and a bunker.
How did the fire attack our artillery, infantry branch to nominate a starting position on the ultimate attack. Offices moved into the chain towards the aisles in a minefield and barbed wire. Runners in each division were scouts, guides, which are great to explore the terrain and the enemy's defenses.
Sappers, having done the passages in the minefield and barbed wire, remained with them until the beginning of the infantry attack. They designated aisle seats, giving small offices signals flashlights reddish color.
Before reaching the minefield, the platoon turned around at the turn of the attack. Occupied the position light and heavy machine guns. There was a volley of rocket artillery battalion. End of volley fire raid marked the end and the beginning of the attack squad. Commander of the 1st Infantry Branch signaled a 45-mm cannon to move the fire with machine gun at the enemy machine gun.
As artillery fire shifted from the first trench in the depth of the defense, rifle platoon quickly stormed the first trench, in what was a small number of enemy fighter. Despite the fact that our artillery suffered a fire in the rear of the enemy, the enemy fighters remained in shelters, suggesting that the fire attack again.
Without giving the enemy opamyatovatsya, shooting branch broke into the trench and killed're there in the infantry. At this time, direct fire guns continued to fire on heavy machine guns and enemy bunkers.
As the department has seized the first trench, the commanders of the 2nd and 3rd infantry divisions filed with tracer bullets signals direct fire guns fire move with gun emplacements on the enemy.
Hitting in the first trench, shooting offices were rapidly storm bunkers and a second trench.
Artillery, who was at the closed firing positions, led at that time a strong fire on dugouts between the second and third trenches and mortars of the enemy.
The garrison of the right bunker opponent failed to provide stern resistance fighters of the 2nd Infantry Branch because his machine gun was destroyed by a direct hit 45-mm guns in its recess.
1st and 2nd Infantry Branch swiftly covered the distance between the first and second trenches and obsessed with the second trench.
Third small office while trying to storm the left bunker ran into heavy enemy fire from the bunker, caught unsuppressed. The squad leader ordered the rocket men to signal to the 45-mm guns, leading fire on the guns of the enemy, again moved to the bunker fire and fire missiles to correct this reddish color.
As two 45-mm guns opened fire on the bunker, the third small compartment (without 2-fighter, some of them — Rocketeer) with 3 sappers began to appear on the first trench and the second trench bunker to the rear of the enemy. While the department was facing the rear of the
bunker, two fighter squad left in place, corrected fire 45-mm guns, and carried fire on the enemy bunker, diverting his attention to themselves.
Coming into the second trench (to the rear bunker), commander of the 3rd Infantry Branch gave the signal to move tracer bullets fire 45-mm guns with a bunker on the weapon of the enemy and finish the fire, which led two soldiers from the front.
As the firing bunker ended, the third small compartment quickly stormed the bunker from the rear, blocking and undermining it.
After the 1st and 2nd Infantry Branch has seized the second trench, the platoon commander gave the signal to move the artillery battery fire from dug-outs on the enemy mortars. Branch swiftly rushed on to the communication trenches dug-outs. On the way of the 2nd Infantry Branch met the ruined site progress reports and antipersonnel obstacles. By order of the commander of the platoon office beginning to bypass the obstacle on the right. Suddenly, from the top of the height 241.2 on it jotted machine gun. The soldiers took cover and , then crawled in the course of communication. At this time in the reports of the obstacle appeared before the separation of the enemy's infantry. The Germans opened the 2nd small office fire from rifles and machine guns.
As a battery of artillery fire from dug-outs suffered by mortars, Up to 2 infantry divisions jumped from the dugouts and communication trenches rushed to the second trench. Then the soldiers came across the 1st and 2nd Infantry Branch. A fight broke out.
To break the resistance of the enemy, the commander of the 1st Infantry Branch ordered two soldiers to stay put and fight the enemy in front, while he and his five soldiers under the cover of darkness has decided to bypass the Nazis on the right, enter them in the rear and hit from the rear and from the front defeat them. This maneuver was successfully implemented. Attack from the rear of the enemy was a complete surprise. 6 enemy soldier was killed and three captured. Right behind those small office stormed dugout.
Faced with resistance machine gun on the right and infantry from the front, the platoon commander gave the order to the 2nd small office to call for artillery fire heavy machine guns, and the enemy infantry to bypass the left.
The commander of the 2nd Infantry Branch by calling artillery fire by heavy machine-gun, ordered the three soldiers to lead the infantry fire on the enemy from the front, and he with 3 fighters began to bypass the Germans left, trying to get them in the rear. On the way he met the enemy infantry, which, in turn, sought to circumvent the 2nd small branch from the flank and rear. The fighting raged. Stretched along the front and fired a strong small-arms fire of the enemy, small office failed to advance further.
1st small office at that time was overcome dugouts. The squad leader gave the signal to move fire from machine guns to mortars and ordered three soldiers to advance to the top of the height 241.2 there and kill the enemy machine gun, and he with 4 fighters launched an attack from the rear of enemy infantry, which prevented the advance of the 2nd Infantry compartment.
Soon, one after another exploded two hand grenades and a machine gun fell silent enemy. It stormed, and then killed three soldiers of the 1st Infantry Branch.  The infantry of the enemy, is opposed to the 2nd Infantry Branch, began to retreat toward the dugout. But here she met the 1st small office. Attack from the rear and from the front of the infantry was almost completely destroyed.
By this time the third small department fulfilled its task and to set about organizing the defense. 1st and 2nd Infantry Branch, possessing the third trench, also defected to the defense.
At dawn, the main force infantry battalion entered in the fighting in the 1st Infantry platoon began to occur in the north-west.
So Makar, a shooting platoon Second Lieutenant Smirnov accomplished its overall puzzle. He has acted in complex criteria: the opponent did not concede it is capable of, had a perfectly cooked the engineering point of defense and was on the ground, enabling management of a defensive battle. Almost complete destruction of the enemy has been achieved through the proper organization of the night battle, a good preparation for him and his staff of experienced action in combat.
The platoon commander carefully developed plan a night of offensive combat. This plan was based on the knowledge of the enemy and the terrain detail divined acts rifle divisions, also attached and supporting tools for the entire depth of the puzzles platoon. This greatly facilitated the control of a platoon commander of a platoon in night combat.
The platoon commander organized a precise interaction of the platoon and supporting facilities. This was achieved thanks to the consistency and clarity of actions of all users of the platoon, attached and supporting tools for the entire depth of the combat tasks.
Only critical to successful operations platoon was painstaking preparation of personnel and weapons to the night battle. The study of the enemy, terrain, and private tasks, training for action in the night the criteria according to plan for the future battlefield terrain, identical to the western part of the height of 241.2, facilitate personnel orientation and conduct maneuvers on the battlefield, maintaining continuous interaction. 
The presence of the platoon camouflage robe, coloring tools in snow white or white-linen wraps his cloak provided personnel in combat.
Premature breaching minefields in the engineering of the enemy and the designation of light signals the presence of conductors in each division reconnaissance platoon was allowed to move rapidly and continuously and immediately storm the front edge of the enemy's defense.
The personnel of the platoon was advancing rapidly, skillfully combining their motion to fire guns, artillery and direct fire artillery indirect fire. This was achieved by establishing a simple, fast acting signal interaction, targeting and management, also through the implementation of maneuver on the battlefield infantry divisions to circumvent and coverage of certain groups and the enemy firing points.
Acts of the personnel of the platoon were experienced and activities. When trying to organize resistance to the enemy in some areas infantry branch, rapidly maneuvering on the battlefield safely avoided emplacements and enemy personnel and destroy them from the rear. Embodiment of maneuver 3rd small compartment for destruction bunker and 1st in small office for the destruction of infantry and machine-gun point led to the defeat of the enemy Hassle.
Compare with the memoirs of the participants of the Chechen wars, an example is taken as the first section of the specific rifle platoon