By Lester W. Grau, David M. Glantz, National Defense University Press
This selection of vignettes was once written via Soviet junior officials describing their stories combating the Mujahideen guerillas. it isn't a background of the Soviet-Afghan conflict, yet snapshots of wrestle as noticeable through younger platoon leaders, corporation commanders, battalion commanders and armed forces advisers.
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At midnight on the night of 4-5 June, my 2nd and 3rd Companies and the mortar battery moved out. The 2nd Company's mission was to take one mortar platoon and block the west wall of the valley by 0400 hours. My 3rd Company, with the other mortar platoon, was to block all exits along the east wall of the valley by 0400 hours. My 2nd Company completed its mission and moved into position by 0300 on 5 June. The mujahideendid not detect their arrival. 0. Our mortar platoon returned fire and killed the enemy.
Our detachment stayed in the city for several days. During that time we searched the nearby villages but found no mujahideen. The enemy had temporarily abandoned the populated areas. E Pivovarenko served as a reconnaissance platoon leader in the OKSVA from January 1980 to December 1980. ). liThe ZSU-23-4 is a self-propelled air defense weapon which fires four 23ram machine guns simultaneously. ). 12 GRAU received information from our Afghan agent network which was located in that city and, from that information, we were able to seize 63 weapons.
In this vignette, the raujahideen definitely were warned and punished the careless Soviet force. The stroevoy smotr may have been part of the Soviet problem. THE BEAR WENT OVER THE MOUNTAIN 5 Searching a populated area in the Charikar Valley by LTC A. L M a k k o v e e v a Throughout the winter of 1980, Kabul and the surrounding provinces were quiet and there was no combat in this region. However, with the arrival of spring, organized guerrilla groups initiated an active campaign. I c o m m a n d e d the 7th Motorized Rifle Company 5 which was mounted on BMPs.