From what I read in The Tanks of August, the three Georgian tanks executed what in US Army doctrine is called an "attack by fire" tactical mission. Seemingly the simplest mission (fire at the enemy), it actually requires thought and planning.
The first and most fundamental thing for myself as a tactical leader is to know is my own weapons, how to use them, the effect they produce on the enemy, and last but not least how good is my team using them. Crewing and firing the T-72 M1 in Steel Beasts ProPE requires some serious hands-on time. After fighting in the Abrams and the Leopard, sitting in the T-72 is a bit of a shock.
- Limited ammunition. Even with the niceties of having an autoloader, the ammo count at the start of the mission is:
- 7 rounds of BM-32 armor piercing rounds ready, 7 rounds in storage
- 6 rounds of OF-26 HEF-T high explosive rounds ready, 8 in storage
- 7 rounds of BK-18 high explosive anti-armor rounds ready, 7 in storage
- 250 rounds of 7.62 mm in the coaxial gun ready, plenty in storage
- 60 rounds of 12.7 mm in the commander's heavy machine gun, some two hundreds in storage
- Loading the storage rounds for the main gun in the auto-loader takes approximately 6 minutes
- Turret traverse speed is relatively sluggish
- Target acquisition is by optical means (no passive thermal imaging available)
- The reverse speed of the T-72 is ridiculously slow (back and forward movement in hull down positions has to be managed to the millimeter in order to avoid exposing the turret for too long)
The next thing is to know the enemy, his troops and armor numbers, his position and his probable course of action. That comes only from a good reconnaissance. In this mission we know the enemy is stationary and entrenched in a camp.