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Subject: AirLand battel doctrine-would it have worked?
ambush    11/6/2008 3:39:11 PM
Having looked at it over a decade later I have my doubts if we could have pulled it off facing the Soviet horde. I think the weakest aspect of it would have been logistics. Given the envisioned fluid nature of the battlefield I don't think the support units would have had the ability to fight the supplies foward plus some very unreasonable demands and assumptios were being made: liek the idea that they would be able to get 2 hot meals a day forward to the troops.
 
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jastayme3       11/7/2008 8:38:01 PM

Having looked at it over a decade later I have my doubts if we could have pulled it off facing the Soviet horde. I think the weakest aspect of it would have been logistics. Given the envisioned fluid nature of the battlefield I don't think the support units would have had the ability to fight the supplies foward plus some very unreasonable demands and assumptios were being made: liek the idea that they would be able to get 2 hot meals a day forward to the troops.

That would have worked both ways. And lack of supplies hits the attacker harder. Command disruption would have caused paralysis and the Red Army would have collapsed first.
On the other hand, blitzkrieg is rather like a running back getting 80 yards in one play. It's all very well if it can be done, and things like it have been done before. But there lies the rub. 
On the other other hand...
If large amounts of armor and airmoble had gotten into the Russian supply lines that would have completely paralysed them. The Russians could theoretically have simply ordered their infantry to yomp forward but the artillery and armor would not have been able to support them without fuel and ammo and would have been defeated in detail. 
Also it is in fact possible to keep deep-penetration units supplied for several weeks. It has been done before. And remember, behind the lines are supply and command vehicles which would be soft-skinned and light-armed. And just blocking the road or having a rumor that the road is blocked will wreck much of the Russian supplies.
 
 
 
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