our last issue, Major Mike Matheny began hisstory of the historical use of armor
Low-lnten-sity Conflict with his examination of the
ex-perience in Vietnam. With this issue,
con-cludes the two-patter with a look at Soviet opera-tions during the eight-year-old war
Afghanis-tan. Did the Soviets capitalize on our successes
Vietnam, and did they learn from our mis-takes? What do we know now about Armor
LIC, the most likely battle scenario?for which we do little training, is combat in andnear citiis.
"Armor Takes Cologne," MajorJohn
House takes us along with the 3d Ar-mored Division on its mission to take the majorcity of Cologne early in
This was a missionfor which armored divisions were not designed,and one that flew
the face of the doctrine ofthe day.
an associated story, Captain Andrew F.DeMario asks "When Will We Ever Learn?'.Europe is covered with forests and villages andtowns of various size. Fighting in these environswill be the rule, not the exception. Because wedo not train for heavy combat in these condi-tions, the author wonders
we are losing sight ofthe realities of armored offensive warfare.Deception is a combat multiplier.
good decep-tion plan and operation can move enemy forcesout of the way or in the wrong direction, forcethe enemy to throw his reserves into the pot inthe wrong place and time, force the enemy
waste ammunition and other assets, and reapother benefits for the commander who pays atten-tion to deception. In "Voices
the Sand: Decep-tion Operations at the
Reed outlines how to confuse and deceive theenemy with a little sleight of hand.Another likely scenario for future battle, and oneBecause training exercises rarely produce realcasualties, problems associated with evacuatingcasualties do not rise to the surface.
"MedicalEvacuation," CW3 William
Tozier explainswhat problems he encountered
operating abattalion aid station when playing realistic casual-ty evacuation. Many of his vehicles were
thehands of others, and first aid was a problem.This is an eye-opener.
drills are the hallmark of a good unit. In"Team Battle Drills: Translating Doctrine IntoAction," he shows us how to refine and honeresponses to contact, indirect fire, and air attack.He
points of conductinga hasty attack, hasty defense, and hasty breach.Precious time is saved when a unit goes into itsdrill immediately, rather than waiting to thinkabout what to do next.Captain Ed Smith says that well-rehearsed bat-One final word about something that is a littleout of the realm of our usual subject matter, butis as equally important as anything else we do tokeep our country strong.
November, we selectour country's leadership at every level of govern-ment.
in uniform usually find ourselvesamong the ignored, but
doesn't have to bethat way. Our Constitution makes us subordinateto our civilian leadership, but we are equal toany citizen when
is time to say who gets thejobs. Make your voice heard. Register and vote.PJCMark Your Calendars: The
Armor Conference will take place at
VUONOGeneral, United States ArmyChief of StaffOfficial:
Brigadier General, United States ArmyThe Adiutant General