This series of blog entries are about the so-called "maneuver warfare" as explained by William Lind. The writings of Robert Leonhard will also be included. I claim neither expertise in the subject nor devotion to this way of waging wars and thus I am not trying to convert you into anything. This series is not an analysis or a review of all ideas about maneuver warfare but rather some explorations about the topic based on computer war games and simulations. Future entries will be delivered based in readership.
It is just another day in World War III and I am in command of the 2 Battalion 67th Armor with orders to defend in sector, some 3 km northwest of Norderfurt.
It is 1100 and intel of what to expect coming our way is sketchy at best. But for sure nothing less than a Soviet Motorized Regiment.
My sector is west of a river, and the decision of placing two full tank companies in two hills over watching a bridge was a no brainer.
Aggressive patrolling south of these positions by 6 M3 Bradleys revealed nothing of interest and when the Soviet advance guards showed up in the bridge, it was hard to believe how lucky I was to have two full tank companies with gun tubes aiming just there.
The bridge created a choke point and the vehicle-killing fest was on.
When the tide of battle is favoring him the mostest, the commander should be thinking hardest ...
In the screenshot above, note the company that I have in reserve west of the two hills where all the shooting is happening.
It was around 1300 and with all the butchery of enemy metal at the bridge I was in full pompous ass mode. If I can stop the Soviets so easily at the bridge, where should I commit my reserve for the final blow against the enemy? How can I mess the OODA cycle of the Soviets? I envisioned the most daring maneuver warfare fantasies, like keeping the enemy futily engaged in the "A" (action, cross the bridge) of the OODA cycle, while counter attacking from a flank so to give him another headache in his "Os" (observation and orientation of a new threat).
Then I started to notice my front units' fire slackening ...
Troops need ammo and rest, I've learned. I have not planned for this and it is obvious that by the time the second wave of Soviet forces arrives, the tide of battle will likely brush aside my front line if I don't do something.
Whose OODA cycle is messed up now?
To be continued ...