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Counterblitz: Conditions for a Successful Counteroffensive Herbert (Bert) L Frandsen

Counterblitz: Conditions for a Successful Counteroffensive

Herbert (Bert) L Frandsen

Published October 26th 2012
ISBN : 9781286859148
Paperback
64 pages
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The purpose of this monograph is to determine the conditions necessary for a successful counteroffensive. The study seeks to identify these conditions through historical analyses of four of the greatest counteroffensives of modern military history:MoreThe purpose of this monograph is to determine the conditions necessary for a successful counteroffensive. The study seeks to identify these conditions through historical analyses of four of the greatest counteroffensives of modern military history: Mansteins counterstroke at Kharkov (1943), the Battle of the Bulge (1944), MacArthurs Inchon Landing (1950), and the Israeli counteroffensive in the Sinai (1973). Elements of operational design which facilitate the analysis include the center of gravity, lines of operation, the culminating point, and decisive points. Analysis of these great counteroffensives suggests six conditions necessary for a successful counteroffensive. First, the defender should force the attackers offensive to culminate before launching the counteroffensive. Second, operational reserves must be constituted from forces previously used in the defense. Third, air superiority needs to be established in the counteroffensive sector. Fourth, the counteroffensive should seek to cut across the enemys line of operation to deprive him of sustainment and block his retreat. Fifth, use deception to confuse the enemy, and agility to exploit his mistakes, thus avoiding his strength and maneuvering into his rear to cut across his line of communication. Finally- a bold counteroffensive will be more decisive. Its execution requires a commander with determination to overcome not only the enemy, but also political and organizational resistance on his own side. These insights can assist operational planners in applying sound judgment to the challenges of the future.