This a continuation of a previous entry. A platoon of 3 Georgian T-72M1 tanks, part of a forward detachment has found itself too close to Russian tanks near Tskhinvali and undertook a wide flank maneuver to regain distance and engage in better terms.
|One of the tanks in my platoon moving forward for a quick touch and go on the enemy's position.|
|As soon as the enemy tanks are destroyed, Georgian troopers and vehicles rise from their cover and move into objective Parma.|
|Tank-infantry cooperation near Tskhinvali. Not fun for a tanker to stay stationary in this relatively open country, but the built up terrain ahead needs to be carefully occupied by infantry.|
|Georgian troopers, moving into the heights east of Tskhinvali. The pace of movement was quite slow, even without any enemy resistance.|
|From the AAR file, the round that killed the first Russian tank. Note how both enemy tanks have changed their facing towards our axis of advance.|
|From the AAR file, the round that killed the second Russian tank. This tank is popping smoke and retreating, strangely showing his left flank to us.|
Tactical combat forces us to confront contradictory options. Most of us ponder the most evident of them, the ones that are forced upon us or the ones and (worse) the ones that combine into dilemmas. In this case, I forgot about options as soon as I embarked onto my platoon's route. Options do not freeze when your command crosses the line of departure. While the range of the enemy's position was shortening, it never crossed my mind to rewire my approach.
I wish for being able to perceive and deploy the fullest combat power of my command, on a whim or even in desperate battle, and to impose it overwhelmingly upon the enemy's.