If the Russian army actually attacked according to its principles, the retired brigadier notes, it would be appalling. In this comment you can read why he is optimistic that Russian President Putin is currently only concerned with using military means to reach the negotiating table.
Courtesy of Josef Puntigam
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I don’t think Putin’s army is actually at war! Neither blitzkrieg – nor war of attrition. Politics has many options for action – one of them is with military means. Not war in the pragmatic sense – but creating and threatening annoyances. Putin does this by rattling his saber. If the Russian army really attacked according to their principles – with the god of war of artillery, it would be terrible!
The difference to the use of all military means of destruction
I call the whole fuss a “strategic skirmish”! I believed at first, by all the western reckoning, with a “decapitation blow”! Was not. Then to a simple dogmatic war – with everything such an army has. Neither was. You saw older military equipment and bad battle mistakes – such as e.g. E.g. gangs under enemy fire, etc. So no combined arms combat, no clear emphasis, no coordination of fire and movement. It reminds me of the attacks of the 113th Rifle Division in April 1945 on the Königsberg near Tieschen. Everything believed the attack rolled from April 7! Far from it, it was just powerful reconnaissance with massive support from artillery and grenade launchers. Crowds of jamming fire on civilian targets. But then, on April 9, the god of war rumbled – the attack was dogmatic.
Between powerful reconnaissance, wearing down with high-angle fire and air raids – it’s one thing. The attack using all means of destruction is the other means of politics. Putin is using military means – but I don’t think he has committed to aggressive war by the general definition. What the US Army did in Iraq, yes, that was classic, in Afghanistan it was asymmetrical again. With this “soft” variant, Putin gets to his goal – to the negotiating table, where he dictates. And the EU will be happy that it’s finally over. The price doesn’t matter then! And if Ukraine doesn’t give in, then the real war will come. According to the principles of the Russian army. Where then any propaganda seems only ridiculous!
Josef Paul Puntigam As Chief of the Infantry of the Austrian Armed Forces, he was responsible for the entire officer and non-commissioned officer training of the infantry, for mountain guide, ski instructor and sniper training, as well as for the creation of relevant regulations and their testing. He is one of the few officers who has held all special positions in the army, from paratroopers, mountain infantry, fighter commando soldiers to training officers for various special training courses. As an expert in leadership training, leadership, teaching methodology, special training, survivability and resilience, he has published several relevant technical papers.