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  1. Version 1.0.0


    This is a variant of "Taktika" found below. The main difference is that much of the technical and historical portions have been cut for conciseness, and each chapter has valuable commentary by Michael Orr (formerly of SSRC) that puts the tactical concepts and ideas into context. Publication obtained from the British Defence Academy's website: https://www.da.mod.uk/publications/category/151
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    Michael Gress was a regimental commander and divisional chief of staff of the 24th “Iron” Motorized Rifle Division, a testbed unit that experimented with new weapons and tactical concepts. This paper describes some considerations of tactical attacks from a Russian viewpoint.
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    The British Army's version of the U.S. Army FM 100-2 series. They have a better understanding of Soviet tactics and operational art over older open sources. Author is Charles J. Dick, formerly of the Soviet Studies Research Centre.
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    The British Army's version of the U.S. Army FM 100-2 series. They have a better understanding of Soviet tactics and operational art over older available sources. Suspected author is Michael Orr, formerly of the Soviet Studies Research Centre.
  5. Version 1.0


    A collection of British Army manuals published between 1995 and 1997 for trainers to craft a generic enemy similar to U.S. Army's OPFOR. They describe three types of forces: - Basic Forces: a carbon-copy of a late 1980s Soviet Army-style force oriented towards Gorbachev's defensive doctrine - Mobile Forces: based off of early 1990s Russian plans for an elite "Mobile Forces" - ROWEN: Generic third-world enemy While these manuals were published in the 1990s and after the Soviet Union fell, the first two forces described are useful references for Cold War-era scenarios, as they contain a more sophisticated understanding of Soviet/Russian-style tactics and techniques than early-mid-1980s publications. The Mobile Forces publications will be useful for depicting Soviet OMG or forward detachment formations.
  6. Tank attack success rate table by Soviets

    I'm not an expert, but if you have access to the "Journal of Slavic Military Studies" (formerly the "Journal of Soviet Military Studies"), there is an article by Fritz Stoeckli (one of the West's best specialists in Soviet correlation of forces and means calculations in the late 1980s) titled "The Correlation of Forces and Success in Overcoming Anti-Tank Defenses" which analyses Kardashevskii's data and calculations.
  7. Tank attack success rate table by Soviets

    The original source is an article published in the Soviet tactical journal "Voyenniy Vestnik/Military Herald" by Yu. Kardashevskiy in July 1979.
  8. Intel in 1979

    By the end of the Cold War, the main military threat to the Soviet Union was from Western microchips, not Western tanks or jets. The USSR's conventional military forces were all well and good for fighting the sort of mechanized industrial wars that would have happened if the Cold War went hot in Europe, '45-'89, but as figures like Ogarkov foretold in the mid-'80s, the Soviet military and economic-technical base was ill-prepared to compete in the next round of the military arms race. That next round was a shift from large-scale mechanized forces to automated command & control systems and what Soviet theorists termed "reconnaissance-strike complexes". (Something like a closed-loop link between a dedicated reconnaissance asset and a firing unit, or example JSTARS) On that new technology though, I do recall the posts of a retired officer over at Armchair General forums, who said that the numbers and depth of those new technologies was too thin even in 1991.
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    A 1990 Soviet Army Studies Office study on the usage of Soviet artillery on the defense.
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    A guide to the Soviet forward detachment by James F. Holcomb of the Soviet Army Studies Office.
  11. Video Thread

    Tour of the Chieftain in 1991: gWY2eLzVrU8
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    A 1990 Soviet Army Studies Office study on a Soviet battalion on the defense.
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    This is a full extract of the artillery chapter from the unpublished Field Manual 100-62, Armor- and Mechanized-Based Opposing Force: Tactics. It goes into much more detail of Soviet-style artillery than the TRADOC Heavy OPFOR Tactical Handbook.
  14. Use of Soviet tactics as REDFOR in SB multiplayer?

    Generally, Soviet artillery operates differently, (For example, the commanders of artillery units are forward in mobile command observation posts *directing* the fires instead of "calls for fire" from FOs) but I don't know if SB can model such a system.
  15. Meeting Battle / Movement to Contact

    A total rewrite. It's not widely available being a draft, but you might be able to find it in various U.S. Army schools, training centers or university libraries. (Such as Stanford or the Fort Leavenworth Combined Arms Research Library)