By Colonel David M. Glantz
David Glantz examines the Soviet examine of conflict, the re-emergence of the operation point and its reference to deep conflict, the evolution of the Soviet concept of operations intensive prior to 1941, and its refinement and alertness within the eu theatre and the some distance East among 1941 and 1945.
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Extra info for Soviet Military Operational Art: In Pursuit of Deep Battle
The 1929 Field Regulation (Ustav) expanded the theory of successive operations by contemplating the impact of future mechanization and motorization on Soviet forces conducting offensive warfare. 16 The 1929 Regulation was a statement of intent which could only be implemented once industrialization had taken place. The ensuing forced collectivization and industrialization of the Soviet Union soon created conditions necessary to translate that intent into reality. Spurred on by a barrage of written works, the promise of 1929 was quickly realized in both regulations and in the Soviet force structure.
A central feature of Soviet military art embraces basic principles which the Soviets define as "the basic tenets, reflecting the objective existing normality of armed conflict. " Soviet military science, assisted by the dialectic, discovers the nature of these principles, confirms their scientific basis, and shows how they relate to the laws of war. "9 The principles of military art as defined by Soviet military theorists have changed over time and will continue to change. Currently, the Soviets list the following as the most important principles:10 - high combat readiness to fulfill missions under any conditions at the beginning and during the conduct of war; - surprise, decisiveness, activeness of combat operations and constant striving to secure and maintain the initiative; - full use of various means and methods of struggle to achieve victory; - coordinated use and close interaction of large units (formations) 8 SOVIET MILITARY OPERATIONAL ART of all types of armed forces and branches of forces; - decisive concentration of the main strength at the necessary moment on the most important directions to achieve the main mission; - simultaneous attack on the enemy to the entire depth of his formation, a timely strengthening of forces and bold maneuver of troops and weapons to develop combat operation at high tempos and defeat the enemy in a short time; - calculated and full use of the morale-political factor; - firm and continuous command and control; - inexorability and decisiveness in fulfilling assigned missions; - all-round security of combat operations; - timely restoration of reserves and troop combat readiness.
In a practical vein, military strategy concerns itself with definite strategic missions of the armed forces and the forces and equipment necessary to fulfill them; with working out and implementing measures to prepare the armed forces, the theater of military operations, 9 the economy and the population of the country for war; with planning strategic operations; with organizing deployments of the armed forces and their command during wartime; and also with study of the probable enemy's capabilities to conduct war and strategic operations.