Armored cavalry units that sweep through an area, usually accompanied by air assets, and air-borne weapons platforms. These are the key strategies that will be used against militia units.If one takes the time to analyze and comprehend the counter-insurgency strategies used over-
seas, we can clearly see that the tactic of “Hammer & Anvil” is being used, time after time.
Counter ambush strategies dictate that a force upon force confrontation be met with equally dev-astating firepower, rapid movement out of the ambush zone, and massive multi-weapons fire that
breaks the ambusher’s continuity itself.
Once having broke through the ambush, the tables are then tuned against the ambusher’s
-bydriving them back against a natural obstacle, such as a river, a forested tract of land, or a certainlandmark. That is the Hammer aspect of the counter ambush operations. The Anvil segment en-tails that a ready action force takes up position along the proposed strategic area, (as described
above) and results in the ambusher’s being driven against a wall of withering gunfire while they
are being pushed into the area.
The Hammer & Anvil” strategy was used very successfully in Vietnam and Korea. The
Soviets also used it very effectively during the spring 1944 offensive against the Ar-mies of Germany.In both Iraq and Afghanistan, the H & A is being utilized with damned good results.A small unit is sent into a village, and when it is taken under fire, a reaction force isquickly sent to their aid.Air assets, when they are available, are brought into the fight, and all three elements
maneuver the ambusher’s backwards towards a selected landmark/location.
Another element is positioned at this landmark, with orders to hold the position, pre-vent the enemy from effecting a breech through the area, and kill as many of the en-emy as can be accomplished. As the original unit, along with the reaction forces, pushand drive the ambushers into the wall of weapons platforms among hastily preparedpositions.The only way to counter this counter-ambush strategy, is to immediately disperse inseveral directions. That mans even squad sized units must quickly disappear into thecrowds and become nearly invisible.But rest assureds, that once he gunfire dies down, the enemy military units will sealoff the area in order to prevent any escape and evasion by the original ambushingunits.
This is also another common tactics being used today. It’s the most primitive form of
warfare in the streets
house to house, and room to room searches that round uplikely enemy fighters. Every male over 21 is interrogated, apprehended, and often
times placed into “protective custody” until his whereabouts can be determined.
A team of forensic analysts use Ultraviolet lights to determine if there is gunpowderresidue on the hands, face, or clothing of the suspect. Even K-( dogs are utilized to
sniff out weapons and explosives, as well as electronic “sniffing” of gun powder,
chemical, and explosives compounds.During the initial engagement, the reaction force usually attempts to control not onlythe immediate area/street that they are fired upon, but the streets adjacent to the am-bush area as well.This allows them better security and control of the immediate area, and if the tacticalsituation allows it, to encircle the ambushing forces rather quickly. Usually squad orplatoon sized elements are used, as well as heavy weapons platforms such a crewserved weapons on vehicles. Deployment of units in this manner allows for a bettercontrolled battle areas, mutual force protection, and rapid response to changing bat-tlefield conditions. The basis for military operations in urban environments. This strat-egy dictates the control of at least 1-3 block continuous area around the maneuverelement engaged in the hardest fighting.