Lessons learned, and forgotten, now being taught again to our young warriors & their leaders. Reaching back thru well documented situations where overwhelming enemy power, set into an ambush mode expects the targets to flee at the 1st volley. The very last 'Broken Arrow' tactic yet a proven one is to muster survivors, organize them/FUBAR into a hasty safer, covered/concealed rally-point/hasty dustoff LZ, and rally those fit enough left to fight back into a scaled-back IRF unit, distribute ammo, call in for arty/air, pop-smoke to mark to ID-FF, fix-bayonets charging right back at (reloading) enemy troops who did not expect anything but your did outa dodge from their well planned kill-zone. Gets a tad fuzzy in a MOUT rumble but can still be pulled off if your leaders (NCO's) know their stuff. "Never let the enemy choose the place nor the time on which he will fight you." To kinda quote old Sun Tzu range hat:
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Above gives you some way-heroic & very factual examples of how even Sun Tzu with his still working tenants of waging war can and was negated by those who took a beating by ambush, regrouped and counter-attacked ASAP, either to their victory, or total defeat. One hyped-up regimental armored av force is not going to repel any combined air/land entrenched BG's @ odds of 1000-1 of U in a counter-attack on a Russian mech corps even working, but it beats waking up a bound WIA/POW in a cattle-car bound for a concentration camp in Siberia & the slow horrible death awaiting U there! Plus it slows them down just long enough for th USAF or USN to plonk some flash-bang kinda fissile kit on a fixed/ID-FF and stationary enemy. My job age 19 Fulda Gap!
Those of you who think we will never rumble with Ivan again, take a look @ those ex-Soviet Georgians and how many p/o-ed Reds are massing to make sure that place don't go NATO! There have already been some clashes and unless those break-away from the Bear way of life get some serious back-up then we'll be back in the Balkans/Caucuses where the 'war to end all wars' started 94 years ago, 97 for us Yanks! :kissy: