“There are only few and very few infantry”
Six months ago, on February 24, a special military operation was announced. At the same time, our troops have changed their tactics of combat operations several times over the past months, depending on the behavior of the enemy. Military expert Ilya Kramnik named some key conclusions from the experience of the operation.
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In six months, the territory of the Lugansk People's Republic was completely liberated, as well as a significant part of the Donetsk People's Republic, including Mariupol, a large port on the Sea of Azov. The areas of Kherson, Zaporozhye and Kharkiv regions were taken under control.
Ilya Kramnik succinctly formulated some lessons of military operations during the special military operation in his Telegram channel. In particular, he noted the decisive role of cannon artillery on the battlefield.
Indeed, Russian troops have superiority in cannon and rocket artillery. This circumstance allows you to inflict maximum defeat on the enemy, move forward and save the lives of your fighters.
The next conclusion: “The tank remains the most dangerous vehicle on the battlefield.”
Perhaps, we can agree, but with the proviso that our tankers have to operate in conditions when the enemy’s battle formations are saturated with a huge number of Western-made anti-tank missile systems . Ukraine received thousands of Javelins and NLAWs, and therefore tank attacks were not massive.
Another conclusion of the expert concerns unmanned vehicles. “Drones do not mean anything by themselves and mean a lot when they are attached to normal artillery,” Kramnik noted.
Perhaps so. On the other hand, the second Karabakh war in 2020 showed that strike drones, if they are in large numbers, including loitering ammunition or kamikaze drones, can themselves seriously influence the outcome of hostilities. If there are few or none, then really reconnaissance drones turn into the “eyes and ears” of gunners and increase the efficiency of their work.
Among other expert conclusions are: “There are never too many engineers”; “There are only few and very few line infantry”; “All military vehicles in the frontline zone must be armored. But for starters, they should generally be in normal quantities”; “The new generation of infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers is 30 years late and continues to be late.”
Lessons regarding military communications Ilya Kramnik expressed with a meaningful ellipsis. Obviously, referring to the significant superiority of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in military communications, including the American Starlink satellite network.