The Principle of the Objective, Today. 2nd. Part.


An Historical Application of the Principle of the Aim in the War.

A clear and simple example of the application of this principle in the operational strategy, we have in the campaign of Ulm. In May, 1805 broke out the war between France and the Third Coalition, formed by Russia, Austria and England, its promoter. The main body of the French army was deployed along the coast of the English Channel, preparing itself to invade England. But the threat for the French army in campaign, which was the real strategic aim in the Napoleonic wars (let’s remember that the occupations of Madrid, Vienna, Moscow, were not decisive), was arising in the East Europe, from the armies of the Russian and Austrian empires. In September, 1805 Napoleon moved his «Army of England» to the Rhine, deploying it between Mainz and Strasbourg and renamed the «Great Army». The Great Armée was formed by 145.000 infantrymen and 38.000 riders, joined 7 army corps. Each one at the orders of a French marshall, a great cavalry reserve, at the orders of the marshall Prince Murat, and the Imperial Guard, directly under Napoleon. To them 25.000 Bavarian allies were added.

Taking the initiative, as was habitual with him, Napoleon decides to give the first strategic blow against the army of 72.000 Austrians, which, at the orders of the general Mack and the archduke Fernand, son of the emperor Francis II, was advancing towards Ulm, without waiting for the arrival of the Russian help. Napoleon maneuvered his army corps in a centripetal spiral over Ulm. It supposes the joint action of all the means in his “lines of action”. Of the «branched out» activity of all the units and the services, not necessarily coincidental in the time, but convergent and resultant in his efficiency and in the result. By means of the different and coordinated,lines of advance or action, the uncertainty and insecurity is induced in a prepared enemy. And always his rejection capacity is dispersed and is disturbed his plan of defense and its systematic conduction.

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The general Mack went out at the doors of Ulm, to surrender to Napoleon, at the foothills of mounts Michelsberg.

In a wide advance of his independent army corps, the great Armée quickly crossed the center of Germany, from the Rhine to the Danube, between septiembre, 25 and October, 6. With this he operationally intervened between the Austrians and the Russian allied forces, still distant.

The Austrians did not understand the need of the rapidity of these movements. They were thinking only about the battle, as the only instrument of the decision. Their operational strategy did not exist. And they waited his enemies, centred on Ulm and expectant. The Frenchmen initiated the crossing of the Danube on the 7th. And, during the whole week, Napoleon made converge, on an enormous constrictive maneuver, the majority of his forces on Ulm. While, an army corp was monitoring the possible arrival of the general Kutuzov from the East. The trap was remaining closed in irresistible force.

The general Mack uselessly realized several attempts of breakthrough, with the major efforts in Haslach and Elchingen. Both Austrian commanders fought between them. And the archduke Fernand separated from the main body with his 6.000 riders and tried to escape in North-East direction. But, near Trochtelfingen, his forces were surrounded and defeated by the Murat’s corps cavalry. Other 12.000 Austrians gave up themselves in Neustadt. The general Mack and the rest of his men (around 27.000, after the combats and mentioned incidents), with Napoleon in scandalous majority at the doors of Ulm from October, 14, went out to surrender their weapon at the foothills of mounts Michelsberg. The general Mack signed the capitulation of the army on the 20th. The campaign, without battles in strict sense, cost to Austria more than 50.000 men, almost 70 % of his initial troops.

The Current Process of Definition and Follow-up of the Aim.

The retreat of the USA of Vietnam produced a readjustment and another appreciation of the principle of the aim. The later evaluations of the politicians and military men led to proclaiming the imperious need to give always to their armed forces in any future conflict: the support without fissures of the people; a few clear and expressly defined operational and strategic aims and the necessary means for its achievement. This «check list» of supports of the national strategy to the military strategy, appears today as a good summary of the moral and material commitment that the peoples and the controls have with their military men, when they send them to the war for reasons of «national interest».

In the practice, the development of the operational strategy will be defining new operational and tactical aims. That are the surveyor’s poles of the sinuous way that leads to obtaining the strategic aims raised to the military men. That can be so precise and so general as: the occupation of an enemy territory, the recovery of a some provinces pillaged by that one, his effective military defeat or his surrender with or without conditions. Let’s remember that Moltke the Old was saying that the own initial plans only were resisting or were viable up to the first contact in force with the enemy.

The western democracies are provided with extensive, direct and deep communications through all their social tissue. Everything appears easily at first sight. And all the persons take the right or the obligation to debate about everything. But, in the «political military area» that is great more unstable, insecure and opaque. This does not want to say that the operational requirements should not exist. And that the need to prescribe and keep the discretion and the security necessarily limit the «universal exhibition» to the mass media in the area of the national safety.

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The Senate of the United States controls the evolution of the wars objectives.

It is necessary to define and to give clear aims to the military men. It implies the need of that the politicians study and compromise themselves with the high or national strategy. And, as necessary and inevitable corollary, that they give the sufficient operational autonomy to his military men. In order that they do not waste lives, efforts and a material means. In order that they neither get entangled, do not even be distracting in unproductive or secondary actions. In order that they do not lose the respect and the support of his people and gain the scorn of the neutrals and potential enemies.

But, closing an ideological and practical «curl», the age of the communications also offers advantages of rapidity and constant, reasonably trustworthy and sufficient intelligence using the military information and his management. Even in the fleeting and delicate cases, with the wireless communications of several levels and accesses, it is possible to obtain a «virtual presence» of the military chiefs and of certain politicians, in the operational distant field. This would facilitate to these controls, a successive approximation and the graduation of the actions of the military means in presence, towards the operational action. And it would facilitate the dilution in the space and the time of the need to fix the successive secondary aims, already from the beginning of a “cycle of military operations”. Keeping always a constant acceleration of the «cycles of action» on the enemy, to dislocate his rejection capacity and to seek and to act on his operational weaknesses. Already those must seek to go successively forward to the enemy, progressively turning ineffective his actions and induce in his men the abandonment of not being capable of offsetting nor overcome our tactical actions guided by our “in real time” operational strategy.


The Principle of the Objective, Today.

The principle of the objective demands that every operation goes towards a decisive, clear and obtainable aim with the means at disposition. This principle is applicable to the four levels of the war: the tactical, the operational, the military strategic and the total strategic or of national politics. In this last level meet to collaborate the national diplomacy and economy, who would give him his category of «total». At first, it seems that this principle of «direction of the war» is of the easiest to conceive and apply. Nevertheless, it is in the highest level of decision, that of the great strategy or national strategy, where it has not been correctly or sufficiently applied this principle. We can remember, supporting revolts of Lybia, as the great powers of the anti Gaddafi Coalition had difficulties to define the essential aims of his military intervention in Lybia.

Origins and Appearance of the Principle of the Aim in the War.

This principle is always related with the general principle of economy (or the administration) of the means. So, we rationalize our efforts and means on having centred on a complete aim. And this way, the lives and other military available means, always scanty or, even, insufficient, for a campaign, can be squandered, if the national commands fail in applying the principle of the aim at his own level. This principle is directly related to that of concentration. Which seeks to assemble all the means, not necessarily present for the moment, well simultaneous or successive, in a common effort on the aim to get. This way, for example, a combined arms unit that covers the free flank of his main body or the units of tactical exploration deployed in advance, are also taking part with his missions in this complete and synergical effort.

In the classic ancient military men (Sun Tzu, Machiavelli, Frederick the Great or Jomini) the knowledge of this principle arises more by what it is deduced from his works, that for its direct mention. That is to say, up to only a few decades ago, the principle of the aim was a second-class principle. How could be giving this paradox between his managerial importance and his carelessness? The principle of the aim was implicitly careless, when the military men expressly attended to the principles of surprise, of concentration and of protection. And it was so, because it was too evident. It was really, to defeat the enemy in the minor number of possible battles. We must remember that the principles of the war originally appear in the tactical field: as the advices and directives to follow to gain the battles.

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Frederick II, the Great, ruled the Kingdom of Prussia for 46 years. A practiced and theorist of warfare.

Initially and even until little ago, the state matters were not of the interest or of the consideration of the people. The kings and absolute princes, even the illustrated ones, were autonomous and sufficient in the direction of the war and were not using the principle. This changed with the establishments of the diets, the parliaments and the chambers. More or less representing peoples cosovereigns with the monarches. It was already necessary to explain the motives and the aims of the wars. This way, the principle of the aim began to take form and content. And it reached his importance and sovereign, when the tactics or the art of considering and gaining the battles, already cannot by itself to gain a war.

In any operation the aim is essential. Without it there can exist neither a definite and clear plan nor the coordination of efforts (or «mass»). The last military aim is the destruction of the enemy forces in presence (not necessarily the physical annihilation, it would be enough that they were giving up themselves). Considering only the military factors, the aims must be defined from the beginning and select them in agreement with the available means. And this way, appears the paradox which we nowadays live in many cases. There exist political, economic and still strategic factors, which conspire to delay and still gets dark the definition of the aims in the war, as the case of Lybia. And, on the other hand, with the forces already displaced there, before the friends, neutral and enemy’s look, existed the urgent need to clearly define them. With it is achieved a “joint effort” (today baptized synergy) for the best utilization of the resources on the enemy.

From middle of the 19th century, appear and are consolidated the rapid globalization of the interests of the States and the scopes and powers of their military, political, economic and diplomatic means. With them, the military principles of tactical origin fullly reached the area of the national and military strategy.

The Pernicious Interference of the Politicians in the Military Actions.

Also there always was coming a moment in which the politician had to be quiet and not to intermittently meddle in the military specific occupation. Sun Tzu is the real or supposed name of a Chinese author, who wrote The Thirteen Chapters of the Art of the War. The unit of style of the work and his originality allow to affirm that it is neither a collective work nor a summary of preexisting works. His work is dated between 400 and 320 B.C. In effect, the use of the cross-bow did not generalize until 400 and the cavalry was not incorporated into the army before 320. What Sun Tzu said on the military missions and the spurious interferences, more than 2 thousand years ago?

Resultado de imagen de Sun TzuThe Statue of Sun Tzu in Enchoen, Yurihama, Japan.

«Normally, when the armed forces are in use, the general receives, first, the general orders of the sovereign. Then he assembles the troops, makes the army an homogeneous and harmonious set and installs it in his cam «. Chapter 7, verse 1.

«It is necessary to know that for the sovereign there exist three ways of taking his army to the disaster. They consist of proceeding as follows:

To ignore that the army must not advance and order that it should advance, or, to ignore that it must not move back and arrange a retreat. This is what calls «to put the army in a difficulty». Chia Lin’s comment: «there is no major calamity that the orders of the sovereign that resides in the court «.

To ignore all the military matters and to take part in his administration. This disorients the officials. To ignore all the problems of the command and to take part in the exercise of the responsibilities. This destroys the spirit of the officials». Chapter 3, verses 19 to 22.

«The one that has competent general and protects them from the (solvent) interferences of the sovereign, will be the victor». Ibid, verse 29. Ho Yen Hsi’s comment: «In the war hundreds of changes take place in every stage. To say that a general must wait for all the orders of his Superiors, is like to have to inform a Superior of that you want to extinguish a fire. Before the orders come, the ashes will be cold. And it has been said that in such circumstances it is necessary to consult the general inspector of the army! To shortly tie a competent general, while he is asked to suppress a crafty enemy, is as holding the Black Greyhound of Han and then give him the order to catch unattainable hares».


THE MILITARY SURPRISE: concepts, effects, realization and types. 2nd. Part.


The three cavalry regiments of the brigade had a total of 27 officers, 228 N.C.O.s and 1,740 soldiers mounted on German horses. All those who could, carried sub-machine guns –either the MP-38 or MP-40- instead of the 7.92 mm K98 carbines. They were supported by 30 heavy machine guns (MG-34 on tripods) and 72 light machine guns (MG-34 with bipods). Their heavy support fire was provided by a battery of 6 light howitzers of 75 mm for each of three hippomobile regiments. As external support they would have artillery fire, either centralized or from the divisions placed in its flanks, for the attached observers and officers were accompanying it.

Resultado de imagen de carretas del país soviéticos Country wagons moving forward in a huge Russian plain…

They were also supported by an engineers company (pioneers) and a sanitary company. By means of a park of Russian country wagons, each dragged by a pair of native horses, the supplies, replacements, ammunitions, medical forces, etc. of the brigade would be carried to them. They also had a motorized supply column.

The nature, the structure of the brigade and its support were perfectly adapted to the mission and contributed to its simplicity. It even received the support of a tanks company (14 tanks) for the attack, when the reconnaissance saw the possibility for use it.

Another key aspect of the mission was intelligence, acting already before the conception of the operation. This provided the most complete knowledge of the enemy and operations zone. Intelligence was a combination of information acquired by all the units, that was continually updated. It allowed better definition of the mission, assignment of the means and units, and training preparation. It also allowed for more appropriate adjustments or changes in plans, etc.

Another indispensable factor in this extraordinary or heterodox operation was the training and trial of the mission. The brigade trained for 4 to 6 weeks before its activation, in areas similar to the future operations zone; this fulfilled the security factor.

The training with tanks was not done, because its employment was not foreseen. And one of the problems that arose during the operation was that communication between the cavalry and tanks was poor. In the thick wild forests the wireless radios did not work well and it was necessary to use the existing wire telephony. But these were not enough for adequate communications between all the small units.

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A characteristic of the training in these special missions is that that it must be as complete as possible, in agreement to its peculiarities. And a full trial, including the total foreseen time, is always necessary. For example, to verify the resistance of certain equipments and not only its good functioning, as would happen in a partial or incomplete test.

The brigade and 5th panzer division were in their departure positions 10 days before the start of the march towards the contact. The Soviets were not capable of detecting the activation of this unit, so the security factor remained fulfilled.

Immediately, the brigade, with the help of the tanks troops, carried out an intense reconnaisance of the intermediate area and the enemy positions (advanced combat troops and the forward limit of the defense). It was deduced that the tanks’ support in the attack was possible (in a narrow sector), if a necessary adaptation was effected in the tracks accessing the area. This innovation would add an important shock capacity and heavy direct fire to the assault, especially in the irruption, in the struggle for enemy fighting positions and in the interior of the defense zone (artillery, units in disorder or in retreat, transport, supplies, etc.)

The factor surprise was going to be achieved by the tactical innovation and the unexpected action in «field of action» chosen for the attack. It is important to remember that the Soviets were prepared and fortified against an attack that they knew was coming. In addition, since the beginning of the war the Soviets had shown themselves to be masters of defense and in disguising positions. Still, the Germans hoped that a strong attack on an unexpected place would dislocate the enemy’s combat capacity and means of defense. The German plan allowed no practical reaction time to the enemy.

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With this, the speed of action factor is obtained by the attacker. This allowed the Germans to overcome rapidly their principal vulnerability: the initial contact with the enemy in the decided «interface of action«, in which always can be produced unexpected setbacks in the face of potentially bigger forces, until the law of the action is imposed on the enemy.

As the mission begins, there is uncertainty or friction, due to the enormous number of individuals and units involved; mistakes, that are a function of the small failures that happen inevitably in all the human actions that comprise a mission; enemy action, until the fire supremacy and maneuver deprive him of initiative; opportunities, in the shape of favorable situations not foreseen by the Germans and which the commands of the small units must exploit in order to fulfill the mission.

To be able to act this way, the extraordinary or special troops must possess the commitment factor, which involves the acceptance and recognition of the entrusted mission, its important consequences and its real possibilities of success in these conditions.

A couple of days before the assault, the engineers were making progress through the forest boundaries with mechanical saws. They constructed a reinforced path and carpeted it with middle logs cut up “in situ” and arranged about a meter apart. This was to give sufficient firmness to a route up to the Soviet minefields which would support the tanks added to the hippomobile brigade in tactical subordination, which slowly initiated its advance a little later. The noise of the saws and the engines of the vehicles was drowned by the flight of reconnaisance planes at low level and sporadic harassment fire.

The joint assault began on July 2, 1942.

The hippomobile brigade had to cross 15 kilometers of forests and marshes to reach the Soviet positions. At its right was the 5th panzer division attacking, which acted as the normal force or mass of support for the assault. Its left flank was supported on this area of difficult ongoing, covered by weak infantry forces (about a company). Until, on the 3rd day, a German infantry division began its assault through this sector.

At 3 a.m. the tanks advanced close to the cavalry troops, taking advantage of the general artillery preparations. They were accompanied by engineers’ troops. The minefields were immediately detected and the engineers cleaned the area around the passing paths to extend its width. Suddenly, the forwards tanks and cavalry reached the limit of the Soviet position of defense in this decided «field of action» over them.

Resultado de imagen de 9º ejército alemán Rzhev Model saves the day for the 9th German Army.  Column of Soviet military prisioners.

In a single thrust they burst in, breaking the Soviets’ first lines of defense. After this, the tanks were kept in reserve, since the enemy position stretched through an unknown wooded area. That morning the cavalry managed to penetrate 6.5 kilometers inside the Soviet position.

The whole time the train of country wagons was capable of advancing supplies, replacements and munitions to the tired men.

For its part, the 5th panzer division could not advance despite its superior capacity of shock and means, and suffered heavy losses by very well camouflaged Soviet forces in depth.

Around midday, a hippomobile regiment turned to attack the principal enemy positions from the east. To reach them, it had to cross a swampy forests zone where the water was knee-high. At dusk, the brigade had control of a sector of the principal road inside the Soviet position, breaking the Soviets’ tactical cohesion and turned it untenable.

Just after midnight on the 4th, Soviet resistance was collapsing in the area of assault of the 5th panzer division and hippomobile brigade. This crossed another swampy forest area of 10 kilometers depth and emerged at the operational enemy rear. Here was a scene of chaos filled with abandoned vehicles and stroked columns and groups of troops and soldiers. Arrival of the panzer forces accelerated the decline of the 39th Soviet infantry army as an organized and effective force.

That same day the whole sector of this army collapsed and the German infantry divisions of Walter Model’s 9th army converged on its interior by all its assault sectors.

In the 11 days that the operation lasted, the Germans captured 50,000 Soviet prisoners, and around 230 tanks and 760 artillery pieces.

LA SORPRESA MILITAR: conceptos, efectos, realización y tipos. 2ª PARTE.



Los tres regimientos de caballería de la brigada contaban con 27 oficiales, 228 suboficiales y 1.740 soldados, montados en caballos alemanes. Se procuró que los oficiales y suboficiales y todos los hombres posibles portasen subfusiles o metralletas MP-38 o MP-40 de 9 mm, en vez de las carabinas K98 de 7,92 mm. Las armas pesadas de infantería eran 30 ametralladoras pesadas (MG-34 sobre trípode) y 72 ametralladoras ligeras (MG-34 con bípode). Su fuego pesado de apoyo orgánico lo proporcionaba una batería de 6 obuses ligeros de 75 mm, para cada uno de los tres regimientos hipomóviles. Como apoyo externo tendría fuego artillero, tanto centralizado, como de las divi-siones situadas en sus flancos, para lo que la acompañaban los correspondientes observadores y oficiales.

Resultado de imagen de carretas del país soviéticos Carretas del país avanzando por una llanura…

En apoyo también contaban con una compañía de ingenieros (pioneros) y una compañía sanitaria. Mediante un parque de carretas del país, arrastrada cada una por una pareja de caballos nativos, se llevarían los abastecimientos, repuestos, municiones, fuerzas médicas, etc., de la brigada en los terrenos difíciles. También contaba con otra columna de abastecimiento motorizada.

La naturaleza, la estructura de la brigada y sus soportes o apoyos constituían ele-mentos que contribuían a la simplicidad de la misión, ya que se adecuaban perfectamente a ésta. Incluso, como ya veremos, recibió el apoyo de una compañía de tanques (14 tanques) para el ataque, cuando la exploración vio que era posible que se trasladasen hasta la irrupción.

Otro de los factores esenciales que vemos actuar ya antes de la concepción de la operación es la inteligencia, como el conocimiento elaborado más completo del enemigo y de las características de la zona de operaciones, adquirido a través de todas las unidades, las agencias y los recursos disponibles en cualquier nivel jerárquico propio, continua y debidamente actualizado e informado. Ello permitirá definir la misión, adscribir los medios y unidades, fijar los entrenamientos, ajustar adaptaciones o cambios en los planes, etc.

Otro factor imprescindible en estas operaciones extraordinarias o heterodoxas, el entrenamiento y el ensayo de la misión, tampoco fue descuidado. La brigada fue entrenada entre 4 y 6 semanas, antes de su activación, en terrenos similares a los de su zona de operaciones futuras y distintos de ella, cumpliendo durante el mismo el factor seguridad.

El entrenamiento de su empleo con tanques no fue hecho, porque no estaba previsto su empleo. Y uno de los problemas que surgieron durante la operación fue que la caballería se adelantaba a los tanques en su misma agrupación de marcha y otro que la comunicación entre jinetes y tanques fue mala. En la espesura de los bosques salvajes, las radios inalámbricas no funcionaron bien y hubo que emplear la telefonía por cables existente. Pero éstos no bastaron para mantener todas las comunicaciones necesarias entre las pequeñas unidades atacantes.

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Una característica del entrenamiento en estas misiones especiales, en las que la innovación suele ser un rasgo definitorio, es que aquél debe ser lo más completo posible, de acuerdo a las peculiaridades de aquéllas. Y un ensayo general, incluyendo el tiempo total previsto, suele ser necesario, por ejemplo, para comprobar la resistencia de determinados equipos y no solamente su buen funcionamiento, como se verificaría en un ensayo parcial o incompleto.

La brigada se situó en sus posiciones de partida unos 10 días antes de iniciar la marcha hacia el contacto, integrándose en el dispositivo de la 5ª división panzer, ya presente. Los soviéticos no fueron capaces de detectar la activación de esta unidad, por lo que el factor seguridad quedó, junto con lo expuesto arriba, cumplido.

Inmediatamente sus miembros, con la ayuda de tropas de tanques, realizaron con toda precaución una exploración intensa del terreno intermedio y de las posiciones enemigas (avanzadas de combate y límite anterior). De ella se dedujo que el apoyo de tanques en el ataque era posible (en un sector estrecho), si se realizaba la necesaria adecuación en los caminos/sendas del terreno de acceso. Esta innovación más añadiría una importante capacidad de choque y de fuego pesado directo al ataque, especialmente en la irrupción y en la lucha por las posiciones y en el interior operativo de la zona de defensa soviética (artillería, unidades en desorden o en retirada, transportes, abastecimientos, etc.)

El factor sorpresa se iba a lograr por la acción táctica innovadora e inesperada en el “campo de acción” elegido para el ataque. Hemos de considerar que los soviéticos están preparados, incluso fortificados y esperan el ataque, ya que el tiempo o momento era más o menos previsible. Y los soviéticos habían demostrado desde el principio de la guerra que eran maestros en la defensa y el enmascaramiento de posiciones. Pero el ataque alemán se produce con unos medios y en un lugar totalmente inesperados, dislocando la capacidad de combate, los medios de defensa enemigos, que poco pueden hacer para reaccionar rápidamente, debido al dispositivo que habían adoptado.

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Con ello se consigue por el atacante el factor velocidad de acción. Esto permite a los alemanes superar rápidamente su principal vulnerabilidad, el contacto inicial con el enemigo en la “interfase de acción” decidida. En la que siempre se pueden producir contratiempos inesperados ante fuerzas potencialmente superiores, hasta que se impone al enemigo la ley de la acción.

Durante la irrupción concurren la incertidumbre o la fricción, como función del enorme número de acciones individuales y de unidades implicadas en toda la misión; el error, como función de los pequeños fallos que ocurren inevitablemente en esas acciones; la acción del enemigo, hasta que la supremacía de fuego y de maniobra le prive progresivamente de la iniciativa y se mantenga ésta por el atacante; la oportunidad, en forma de situaciones favorables no previstas y fugaces para los alemanes, de las que los propios mandos de las pequeñas unidades deben aprovecharse rápidamente, para el cumplimiento de la misión impartida.

Para poder actuar así, las tropas extraordinarias deben poseer el factor compromiso, que implica la aceptación y el reconocimiento por todos de la misión encomendada, de sus consecuencias importantes y de sus posibilidades reales de éxito en esas condiciones.

Un par de días antes del ataque, los ingenieros (pioneros) provistos de sierras mecánicas, fueron trazando muy rápidamente, siguiendo los linderos de los bosques y sus claros, una senda reforzada y alfombrada de troncos medios cortados in situ y dispuestos más o menos a un metro de distancia. Con ello daban suficiente consistencia a una vía de circunstancias hasta los campos de minas soviéticos, que soportaría el paso de los pocos tanques agregados a la brigada hipomóvil en subordinación táctica, que iniciaron lentamente su avance poco después. El ruido de las sierras y de los motores de los vehículos era ahogado por el vuelo de aviones de exploración a baja altura y por el fuego esporádico alemán de hostigamiento.

El ataque conjunto se inició el 2 de julio de 1.942.

La brigada hipomóvil debía cruzar unos 15 Kms de bosques y pantanos, hasta alcanzar las posiciones soviéticas. Por su derecha atacaría la 5ª división panzer, siguiendo el camino principal citado como eje de avance, que actuaba como la fuerza normal o masa de apoyo del ataque. Su flanco izquierdo, apoyado en ese terreno de tan difícil transitabilidad, era cubierto por débiles fuerzas de infantería (alrededor de una compañía), hasta que el día 3 iniciase su ataque por ese sector una división de infantería alemana.

A las 15 hs. avanzaron los tanques junto a las tropas de caballería, aprocvechando la preparación artillera general. Aquéllos iban acompañados por tropas de ingenieros. Los campos de minas fueron detectados inmediatamente y los ingenieros limpiaron el terreno en torno a las sendas de paso para ampliar su ancho. Casi de improviso, los tanques y la caballería en vanguardia alcanzaron el límite anterior de la posición de defensa soviética en ese “campo de acción” decidido para atacar.

De un solo impulso irrumpieron perfectamente en la misma, rompiendo las primeras líneas de defensa preparadas. Tras esto, los tanques fueron dejados en reserva, ya que la posición enemiga profundizaba por terreno boscoso no reconocido. La caballería alcanzó a penetrar esa mañana hasta 6,5 Km. en el interior de la posición soviética.

Durante todo el tiempo el tren de abastecimientos de carretas del país fue capaz de adelantar suministros, repuestos y municiones a los cansados hombres.

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Por su parte, la 5ª división panzer, a su derecha, no podía avanzar a pesar de su superior capacidad de choque y medios, sufriendo graves pérdidas ante el rechazo en profundidad muy bien camuflado establecido por los soviéticos.

Hacia el mediodía un regimiento hipomóvil giró para atacar las posiciones principales enemigas desde el este. Para alcanzarlas tuvo que cruzar una zona de bosques pantanosos, donde el agua alcanzaba hasta la rodilla de los alemanes. Al anochecer la brigada controlaba un sector del camino principal, en el interior de la posición soviética, rompiendo su cohesión táctica y volviéndola insostenible.

A primera hora del día 4, la resistencia soviética colapsaba en todo el sector de ataque de la 5ª división panzer y la brigada hipomóvil. Ésta, por su parte, cruzó otro trozo de terreno de bosques pantanosos de unos 10 Km y emergió en la retaguardia operativa enemiga. Ésta estaba atestada de vehículos aislados, columnas de tropas y soldados deambulando, que se movían por todo lo que alcanzaba la vista en el mayor desorden. También la llegada de las fuerzas panzer permitió acelerar la descomposición del 39º ejército de infantería soviético como fuerza organizada y eficaz.

Ese mismo día, todo el sector de ese ejército se hundía y las divisiones de infantería alemanas del 9º ejército de Walter Model convergían en su interior por todos sus sectores de ataque.

Durante los 11 días que duró la operación, los alemanes capturaron unos 50 mil militares soviéticos, unos 230 tanques y 760 piezas de artillería.


General Qassem Suleimani, Jefe de las Brigadas al-Quds de Irán. 2ª Parte.

Qassem Suleimani, la Espada Desenvainada del Imperialismo Iraní.

Armas de las guerras de V generación.

El equipo en la base aérea para el guiado y mando de los drones es muy simple y altamente elaborado: el mando del timón de los drones, varias pantallas de televisión, rodeadas de numerosos indicadores visuales y controles auxiliares y un pedal, todo dispuesto por parejas frente a las dos sillas ergonómicas de los pilotos. Los drones llevan cámaras que transmiten sus vistas en directo a sus pilotos. El piloto del drone y el controlador de la cámara, que forman un “killer team”, el equipo matador, observan a su “objetivo designado” durante un tiempo, comprobando su entorno y sus actividades. El avión es capaz de, una vez captado y autorizado por los pilotos un objetivo a batir, iniciar por su cuenta el ataque, pero esta función no se le ha permitido, al menos, hasta ahora.


La capacidad destructiva de las cargas explosivas que portan las aeronaves de ataque no tripuladas es limitada en su número y en su potencia total. La característica esencial de su uso es que está destinada a objetivos limitados, bien por su tamaño (un pequeño número de enemigos no muy desparramados) o por su protección (blancos no fortificados); sin embargo, son útiles para batir vehículos de combate blindados (VCB), incluidos los “main battle tanks”, con sus cohetes de carga hueca, que los atacan en sus partes más vulnerables. Los principales Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV, su acrónimo en inglés) son el Predator y el Reaper. Y cuestan más de $15 millones de dólares por unidad. El Pentágono cuenta con decenas de miles, para las tareas de espionaje y combate. La CIA dispone de su propia flota, con los datos de su número, clase y modo de activación reservados.

Los drones los fabrica la empresa General Atomics. Una de sus arma más devastadora son los misiles AGM-114 Hellfire II, de la Lockheed Martin. Existen las variantes de carga hueca anticarro (HEAT), antipersonal o HE (con diversos tipos de explosión y fragmentación, reforzada o no) y de autoguiado (“fire and forget”). Cada uno pesa unos 47 Kgs., con el 20% de carga útil explosiva (warhead), es guiado por láser con diversas técnicas y tiene un alcance de hasta 8 Kms. El efecto de una salva de varios de ellos sobre una manzana de casas de adobe o de mampostería es demoledor. Pero garantiza la eliminación del blanco humano seleccionado y de sus acompañantes y “oficiales de escolta”.

La exploración del enemigo y su localización exacta, tanto unidades como jefes y jefecillos locales, y el reconocimiento del terreno de operaciones es un viejo sueño de los mandos de todos los tiempos, para librarse de parte de sus temores e incertidumbres en la lucha. Porque las maniobras modernas, incluso a las distancias cercanas, son cambiantes y plásticas para los mandos enfrentados. Si le añadimos la posibilidad de un seguimiento continuo de aquél, esto es miel sobre hojuelas de cereal. En estas tareas, las capacidades de los drones permiten su inserción profunda en el territorio enemigo, sin peligro de ninguna clase para las fuerzas de exploración especializadas propias y con una transmisión clara, fluida y eficaz de los resultados que captan. Se podría decir que son un arma diseñada con fortuna, para cumplir las misiones oportunas, si su empleo es razonable, controlado y comedido…

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Avance estratégico hacia el sumidero…

Con la llegada de Donald Trump a la Presidencia de los EEUU, se continuó la retirada de las fuerzas militares estadounidenses de los países de Oriente Medio, iniciada por Barak Obama en 2011, según su idea de “construir un país aquí y ahora”, en EEUU. Que Trump prolongó y condensó en su repetido lema de America first”. Este nuevo aislacionismo estadounidense, dejó un “vacío de poder” en esa región geoestratégica.

Pero, ni la Naturaleza, ni las civilizaciones, ni la política aceptan los vacíos existenciales. Y, como dijimos al principio, otras potencias regionales cercanas con aspiraciones de crecimiento e influencia empezaron a aposentarse en la zona desde mediados de 2015. La señal de vía libre a los actores secundarios pretenciosos, la dió Obama cuando rehusó castigar, después de haber amenazado con ello, en el verano de 2014, a Bashar al-Assad por el empleo de armas químicas contra los insurgentes sirios y civiles entreverados con ellos.

Eventos inmediatos al ataque a Qassem Suleimani.

El 31/12/2019 miembros de la milicia chií iraquí Kataeb Hezbollah, entreverados con fieles chiíes civiles, asaltaron la Embajada de los EEUU, situada en la protegida Zona Verde de Baghdad. Significativamente, la turbamulta logró romper el perímetro de seguridad exterior del complejo estadounidense fortificado. A continuación, destrozaron y prendieron fuego a la recepción de la Embajada. A este ataque se unieron un cierto número de soldados regulares iraquíes, que no intentaron repeler el ataque y que participaron en la destrucción de la recepción.

Los atacantes acamparon 2 días junto a la Embajada, protestando por un ataque aéreo estadounidense previo. Realizado en represalia por un atentado anterior de Kataeb Hezbollah, en el que murió un contratista de seguridad estadounidense.

Los diplomáticos estadounidenses se refugiaron en el bunker de la Embajada. Y sólo pudieron salir cuando los asaltantes se retiraron, tras numerosas peticiones del Gobierno iraquí para que depusieran su actitud y se dispersaran.

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Proyecciones al futuro.

Todos los esfuerzos de defensa y pacificación de Irak en su lucha contra el Estado Islámico, que pudo llegar en el otoño de 2014 a Baghdad, porque no existía una resistencia consistente y organizada, hechos por los EEUU, parecen haber sido obviados u olvidados. Probablemente, la causa compleja fue, aparte de la animadversión al extranjero infiel invasor, la presencia abundante y extensa Irán, con las Brigadas regulares al-Quds y la habilidad del general Souleimani, las Fuerzas de Movilización Popular (milicias chiíes integradas), y la religión y la idiosincrasia social comunes.

En contra de lo dicho y repetido por las “fuentes” de los medios, parte de la cúpula militar estadounidense sí fue consultada por Trump, respecto a la represalia a tomar por la revuelta contra los EEUU en Irak de los últimos 15 días, que es lo que ocurrió realmente. Y, se ofrecieron al presidente varias opciones secuenciales o simultáneas. Aconsejado, Trump optó por la más directa, limitada, quirúrgica y simple. Sin implicación de fuerzas estadounidenses situadas en la zona o transportables allí. Y suficiente, para darle a los jerarcas y mandos de Irán y otros países y asociados, no una amenaza retórica más, sino la evidencia de que a los EEUU se les respeta siempre. Para que no venga “the death from above” o el ataque de unos comandos de élite (SEAL, Marines, Rangers) con objetivos limitados.

Una de las acciones de represalia más dañina, directa y rápida que puede realizar Irán contra sus enemigos occidentales es el estrangulamiento selectivo del flujo de petróleo por el estrecho de Ormuz. Como ya hizo en la guerra con Irak en la década de los 80, atacando los petroleros con crudo iraquí. Por allí circula algo más del 20% de la producción mundial, procedente de Kuwait, Irak, Arabia, Bahrein, Catar y los Emiratos Árabes Unidos.

En los periódicos y revistas de estos día de atrás se da cuenta clara de la estrategia y el objetivo de los dos rivales enfrentados en este conflicto armado de baja intensidad. El objetivo de ambos es dañar parcialmente al enemigo, sin permitir una ampliación de los medios o escalada del conflicto. La estrategia de los dos es el enfrentamiento directo o por terceros interpuestos, pero dando pasos cortos, limitados y sucesivos, controlando siempre un proceso tan complejo.

General Qassem Suleimani, Jefe de las Brigadas al-Quds de Irán.

Qassem Suleimani, la Espada Desenvainada del Imperialismo Iraní.

Hacia las 0:30 hora local del viernes 3 de enero de 2020, los EEUU mataron al general Quassem Suleimani cuando se retiraba del aeropuerto de Baghdad, a donde acababa de llegar en un vuelo directo desde el aeropuerto de Damasco. Se emplearon en el ataque dos drones Reaper, probablemente de la CIA, que lanzaron 4 cohetes Hellfire II AGM-114 de cabeza explosiva (H.E.), guiados por láser, (nombre, el “Fuego del Infierno”) sobre los dos vehículos sin especial blindaje, que los llevaban a él y a sus 9 acompañantes a Baghdad.


El Oriente Medio es la región geopolítica más convulsa y furente de nuestro mundo. Y por su cercanía, importancia energética y formar un nudo de comunicaciones entre tres continentes, es especialmente trascendente para nosotros. En esa región del Suroeste de Asia se dirimen varios conflictos armados y paralelos.

Resultado de imagen de mq-9 reaper uav predator  MQ-9 Reaper. El drone más temido del mundo.

 El llamado “conflicto árabe israelí” se prolonga por más de 70 años, tres generaciones, entre los musulmanes, singularmente los árabes y persas, e Israel, por un minúsculo trozo de tierra muy deseada. Lo cual es una guerra entre estados, independientemente de su asimetría funcional, religiosa y social.

Existe también la “lucha abierta” entre las ramas chií y sunní del Islam, unos increíbles “hermanos separados enfrentados”, por la hegemonía político socio religiosa en esa religión. Este enfrentamiento pasó históricamente por sucesivas fases de efervescencia y aquietamiento, ya desde la época de oro del Islam, los llamados Califas Rashidun o los “rectamente guiados por Allah”. El Islam es una creencia integrada verticalmente en todos los ámbitos de la vida personal y social. Esa lucha abierta se concreta hoy en día en el Próximo Oriente en las guerras civiles de Siria e Iraq, no extinguidas aún, sino desarrollándose en una nueva fase. Complicada con la presencia activa de poderes extra nacionales: Irán, Rusia, Turquía.

Chiíes contra Sunníes.

Existe una gran diferencia ideológica y práctica entre el sunnismo y el chiismo. Éste se siente perseguido por tres razones: La demográfica, ya que el chiismo es marginal entre los musulmanes. La dinástica, ya que el cisma chií surge a partir del cuarto califa elegido, Alí, primo, yerno y compañero del Profeta. Los chiíes proclaman que los califas o jefes político religiosos de la Umma (comunidad universal musulmana) se eligen por herencia y dinastía. Y la ideología, porque admite menos fuentes de revelación divina y ha creado un clero central y dominante, que forma una teocracia, y que es el intermediario y único interprete del Corán y los hadices (dichos y hechos de Mahoma, complementando al Corán) .

Así, el chiismo asume históricamente una actitud fatalista, pasiva, incluso de sufrimiento físico por ello, a la espera del retorno del Imam (califa) desaparecido Éste es el nombre que toman los guías político religiosos en el chiismo y que no tiene nada que ver con el imam o lector de las mezquitas sunníes. Aquél vendrá como al-Mahdi (el guiado por Alá), en un momento dado de la Historia, para hacer triunfar a la Umma (comunidad islámica universal) ortodoxa (casualmente, ellos).

Resultado de imagen de suleiman el magnifico  Suleimán, el Magnífico, sultán turco desde el 1520 a 1566.

El Corán, fuente religiosa común de los chiíes y sunníes, no es muy revelador acerca de las “disputas internas armadas” (DIA) dentro de la Umma. En la época del Profeta este problema ni se contemplaba. Y si aquéllas hubiesen existido, al juntarse con el acoso externo que sufrían los musulmanes, probablemente llevasen juntos a la dispersión y a la desaparición del pequeño grupo de los fieles. En la Sura (capítulo) 49, aleya (versículo) 9 se les ordena: “Cuando se hacen la guerra dos naciones de creyentes, procurad reconciliarlas… Los creyentes son tus hermanos (la máxima relación de consanguinidad). Arreglad, pues, las diferencias de vuestros hermanos y temed a Dios, a fin de que tenga piedad de vosotros.” Y en 4, 33: “Oh, creyentes,… no os matéis entre vosotros…(o, no os matéis a vosotros mismos)”.

El Estado Islámico de Irán está enraizado en un complejo de consejos y asambleas, ideados, creados y organizados para asegurar, mantener y perpetuar su funcionamiento socio religioso. Pero que es incapaz de desarrollar moderna y económicamente a un país con los recursos y la exuberancia demográfica de los iraníes. De aquí parten todas las reivindicaciones populares iraníes, no tanto en diferencias ideológicas.

Lo que se está planteando crudamente, a escala cuasi continental, en una amplísima zona geoestratégica, es una guerra a muerte entre los chiíes y sunniíes por el poder político hegemónico en dicha zona. Y, como una derivada natural, la gerontocracia clerical de Qom acaricia la idea de que, allanar nuclearmente la capital israelí los pondría a la cabeza del Islam. El Islam que fue grande y poderoso, según ellos, cuando llevó a cabo la Yihad menor o guerra santa musulmana. También Turquía piensa que la Sublime Puerta sólo fue próspera y fuerte en los largos períodos en que se enfrentó con los europeos, por el control del Mediterráneo y por la Europa centro oriental.

Ya la revolución de Jomeini le dió a los chiíes un espaldarazo y una influencia entonces impensables entre los musulmanes añorantes, jóvenes y/o belicosos. Hay un atractivo mesmérico para los dirigentes iraníes, de que “aquello” sería el aldabonazo al Mahdi oculto. Para que reapareciera y se pusiera al frente de sus fieles chiíes en el Triunfo del Islam, a la culminación de la Historia, iniciando su dominio terrestre durante 1000 años… Antes del Resurgimiento y el Juicio de Allah.

Situación geopolítica.

Al extremo este del Asia del Suroeste, está la teocracia antioccidental chií de los “ayatollahs amomiados”. Éstos, cuando quieren resultados importantes y rápidos contra sus vecinos, incluso en el extremo oeste de esta región geoestratégica, emplean a comandos o a unidades de la Guardia Republicana. Que son capaces de luchar a las distancias próximas y de asalto, como una infantería ligera especialmente entrenada, mejor que las unidades normales de los ejércitos occidentales, empleando sólo su apoyo de fuego pesado orgánico. Aquélla está entrenando, equipando y apoyando de diversas maneras a sus aliados correligionarios de El Líbano, Irak y Siria. La Guardia Republicana está imbricada en el régimen irani, formando el brazo armado incondicional y eficaz de la República Islámica de Irán, actuando como los “Inmortales de los Shas de Persia” modernos. Ella, al igual que los militares egipcios, cuentan con un respaldo económico propio muy amplio, extendido en todas las áreas financieras, comerciales y productoras de Irán. Que les garantiza la independencia operativa y que premia generosamente su dedicación y lealtad en el cumplimiento de sus tareas y misiones.

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Las Brigadas al-Quds (Jerusalén) son un grupo de élite especial de la Guardia Republicana. Se dedica al espionaje y a realizar acciones limitadas militares con fuerzas de incursión. Es decir, es la rama que se encarga de las acciones irregulares en el exterior de Irán. Y exhibe toda una panoplia de capacidades para la guerra subrepticia o sucia entre naciones enemigas. Incluida la de entrenar a grupos afines extranjeros y brindarles apoyo logístico.

Su comandante en jefe era el general de división Qassem Suleimani, de 62 años, de estatura media y barba y pelo blancos, y que estaba incluido en la lista de los terroristas mas buscados por los EEUU. Un detalle: el Líder Supremo de la Revolución, Alí Jamenei, le consideraba un «mártir viviente de la revolución», a la que se incorporó en 1980, cuando tenia 23 años, en una incipiente Guardia Republicana. Tras el avance del Estado Islámico en junio de 2014 por el norte y centro de Irak y el llamamiento del ayatollah chií iraquí Alí Sistani a la lucha contra él, Qassem Suleimani fue enviado por Teherán a Irak. Para apoyar y dirigir la activación de las milicias chiíes, dispersadas tras la guerra sectaria entre chiíes y sunníes, ocurrida después de la invasión estadounidense. Así, una gran aportación de Suleimani fue haber conseguido la “unidad de acción” entre todas las milicias chiíes contra el EI, integrándolas en las “Fuerzas de Movilización Popularde Irak.

Ha sido el EI el que ha sacado de las “sombras de la Guardia Republicana” al general Qassem Suleimani. Que, apareció y conformó el enfrentamiento ideológico militar entre los seguidores sunníes de Estado Islámico y los mercenarios extranjeros de la Brigadas al-Quds de Irán y las milicias chiíes que ellos animan, apoyan y entrenan.

Irán distribuyó inmediatamente fotos de su general operando en Irak. Lamentablemente, tras el retroceso del EI del norte de Irak, las milicias chiíes arrasaron decenas de aldeas sunníes de la zona, como colaboradoras o simpatizantes del enemigo. Lo cual alimentó, una vez más, ese “volcán de animadversión” entre los hermanos separados del Islam.




Military surprise is more a part of the art of war and its creation, than of military science, the doctrine, its regulations and the principles or «good-doing» rules of war. Of course, its scope and instruments are taken from military science. Military science has its logic and practice oriented towards applied theory.

Military doctrine forms the framework, the structure, the heart of all development and the wisdom that military science has been developing so far. The military doctrine of each state incorporates the idiosyncracy, history and civilization of the corresponding nation. The permanent virtues and the more temporary values of the former are also reflected in its military doctrine. All this channels it in one direction and one sense.

War art has in its conception and execution the characteristics of: variability; the unusual and singular conception; the different, unexpected and novel application and the relative ingenuity (naturalness and freshness) and freedom in its facts.

Resultado de imagen de general hermann balck General Hermann Balck, one of the finest German armored tactical Command.

If we are guided mainly by military science, which the enemy also knows, the results of the war dialectic will be obtained by maintaining a superiority in men and means, marches and maneuvers. And the cost will be the attrition of means and human wear in a greater proportion, and always undue, than with the use of surprise.

Thus, a defence deployed in depth and with sufficient reserves, probably deprives us of many opportunities for effective surprise. But, almost always, acting in the microfield, as using a tactical zoom, we can apply the tactical or operational surprise, unusual and unexpected.


The surprise becomes specify and materializes in an unexpected action on the enemy by fire and/or shock. That, taking advantage of the enemy’s habitual lack of combat availability, makes him the victim of an attack that he is not in a position to successfully reject.

Obviously, the units in charge of surprise must avoid enemy’s reconnaissance, advanced combat units and security. In charge of giving the units that detached them, enough time to get the combative disposition that allows the rejection of their attacker.

But, the mental surprise must not only be unexpected for the enemy. But, in order to be able to take full advantage of its potential and effects, it must also be unusual, special, infrequent. With an unquestionable tendency to be «unusual», as never seen. This unusual character, never occurred, extraordinarily reinforces the quality of unexpected and sudden use of surprise.

Imagen relacionada Soviet  T-34 /76 tank.

We don’t always have the unusual at hand. And surprise often favors, by employing the law of action, the most mobile and even only active rival.

Then, the use and manipulation of the “appearances”, the appreciated characteristics of the events and their circumstance, will allow us to establish and develop a new tactical or operational situation. Which will be surprising and unusual for the enemy. And it will give us an unexpected victory, at the beginning of the faced dialectic situation.

A Tactical example with Operational Trascendence.

Here is an example of an extraordinary force acting as a normal force and, in so doing, completely deceiving the enemy by manipulating appearances of the events.

In January 1943, with the Soviet advance threatening Rostov, the 4th Panzer Army of colonel general Hoth moved back from its positions on the banks of the Sal and established a defensive line south of the river Manich. Passing through that area were the supply and retreat routes of the 1st Panzer Army. Routes that had been kept open, if a disaster like that of Stalingrad was to be avoid. In Stalingrad, the Sixth German Army, the Army unit more powerful of the Wehrmatch, was caught. The 4th Panzer Army was assigned to protect this bottle neck in the communications of the Armies Groups Don.

Soon the Soviets reached the confluence of the Manich and Don rivers, took control of the small city of Manutchskaya that was only 30 kilometers from the mouth of the Don on the south bank, and sent advanced detachments in this direction. On January 23, the 11th panzer division and 16th infantry division counterattacked the Soviet advance spears and pushed them back to Manutchskaya.

Then, it was vital to restore the south front of the Don and Manich and to expel the Soviets from the city. Which was one of their bridgeheads (which, with much skill, could be rapidly reinforces once constituted).

The Germans made a direct assault from the southwest on the 24th, seeking to surprise the Soviets with the operation continuity. Instead, they found that the Soviets had created an antitank front in this entry to the city. Using tanks with their hulls partly buried and distributed between the buildings, along the streets, and in other difficult to see locations.

The 11th panzer division, a crack division with a magnificent tactician as chief, quickly stopped the assault when it detected the importance of defenses.

Imagen relacionada A Panther from the 11th panzer division circa summer 1943

On the 25th, the general Hermann Balck initiated an assault on the northeast sector of the city, which the Soviets identified as a main assault, similar to the previous one and following the orthodox criterion of «not insist on unsuccessful or frontal assaults» (not profitable). For it, they moved rapidly theirs antitank means (tanks are the most mobile) to the new threatened sector.

To make credible this assault (manipulation of the appearances), at the beginning the whole divisional artillery was used in its support. It was also the more dangerous direction of assault for the Soviets. Since that part of the city was nearest to the principal bridge over the Manich and its occupation would isolate the Soviet bridgehead on the south bank. These factors constituted the «primary evidences«.

The assault on the north-east sector was probably already considered by the Soviet defense as a German probably alternative assault and, because of this, they reacted rapidly to what happened.

Infantry half-track vehicles and reconnaissance light tanks executed the principal «virtual» assault, simulating the march of mechanized vehicles, concealed by smoke curtains. And seeking more to hide them from the enemy than to protect their advance. This gave a «secondary evidence» to the credibility of the «appearances«.

When the Soviet’s determination in the new defense was estimated, which confirmed the alteration of its original deployment and the attraction made by the normal «apparent» attack. The bulk of the divisional artillery threw a powerful fire blow on a sector of the southwest zone of the town. A single battery continued to support the ongoing false principal assault.

Most of the tanks of 15th panzer regiment immediately attacked the forward limit of the defense, entering the town and advancing on its interior. To attack from the rear the new defensive Soviet deployment, especially its tanks. The mechanized German infantry then closed in behind them.

The Soviet resistance crumbled. Its infantry ran to the bridge over the Manich river. But was chased by the 61th motorists battalion.

German casualties in liquidating Manutchskaya’s stronghold were, according to its own sources, one man dead and fourteen injured men. The Soviets had between 500 and 600 casualties and 20 destroyed tanks.

I believe, it is all clear and simple. Which are the characteristics of the practical and real ways to do.



La sorpresa militar forma parte más del arte bélico y de su creación, que de la ciencia militar, la doctrina, sus reglamentos y los principios o “normas del buen hacer en la guerra. Desde luego, su ámbito y sus instrumentos los toma de la ciencia militar. La ciencia militar tiene su lógica y su práctica orientada a la teoría aplicada.

La doctrina militar forma el armazón, la estructura, el corazón de todo el desarrollo y la sabiduría que la ciencia militar ha ido elaborando hasta el momento. La doctrina militar de cada estado incorpora la idiosincracia, la historia y la civilización de la nación correspondiente. Las virtudes permanentes y los valores, más temporales, de aquélla se reflejan también en su doctrina militar. Todo esto la canaliza en una dirección y un sentido.

El arte bélico tiene en su concepción y ejecución las características de: la variabilidad; la concepción insólita y singular; la aplicación diferente, inesperada y novedosa y la relativa ingenuidad (naturalidad y frescura) y libertad en sus hechos.

Resultado de imagen de general hermann balck General Hermann Balck, uno de los más finos tácticos de las fuerzas blindadas alemanas.

Si nos guiamos principalmente por la ciencia militar, que también conoce y puede dominar el enemigo, los resultados de la dialéctica bélica los obtendremos manteniendo una superioridad en hombres y medios, marchas y maniobras. Y el coste será la atrición de los medios y el desgaste humano en una proporción mayor, y siempre indebida, que con el empleo de la sorpresa.

Así, una defensa escalonada en profundidad y con suficientes reservas, probablemente nos prive de muchas oportunidades para la sorpresa eficaz. Pero, casi siempre, actuando en el microterreno, como empleando un zoom táctico, podremos aplicar la sorpresa táctica u operativa, insólita e inesperada.


La sorpresa se concreta y materializa en una acción inesperada sobre el enemigo por el fuego y/o el choque. Que, aprovechando la no disponibilidad combativa habitual del enemigo, le hace víctima de un ataque que no está en disposición de rechazar con éxito.

Evidentemente, las unidades a cargo de la sorpresa deben eludir a la exploración, a las avanzadas de combate y a la seguridad enemiga. Encargadas de dar al grueso que las destacó, el tiempo suficiente para adquirir la disponbilidad combativa que le permita el rechazo de su atacante.

Pero, la sorpresa mental no sólo debe ser inesperada para el enemigo. Sino que, para que se pueda aprovechar la totalidad de su potencial y efectos, debe ser también desacostumbrada, especial, infrecuente. Con una tendencia indudable a ser “insólita, nunca vista”. Este carácter insólito, nunca ocurrido, refuerza extraordinariamente el carácter al uso, inesperado y súbito de la sorpresa.

Imagen relacionada Tanque T-34 /76 soviético.

No siempre tenemos a mano la insolitud. Y la sorpresa favorece frecuentemente, al emplear la ley de la acción, al rival más móvil e, incluso, sólo activo.

Entonces, el empleo y la manipulación de las “apariencias”, las características apreciadas de los eventos y sus circunstancias, nos permitirán establecer y desarrollar una “situación” táctica u operativa nueva. Que, para el enemigo, resulte sorpresiva e insólita. Y que nos dé una victoria insospechada al principio de la situación dialéctica planteada.

Ejemplo táctico con Trascendencia Operativa.

Veamos un ejemplo de una fuerza extraordinaria actuando como fuerza normal, indu-ciendo al enemigo a un engaño completo, gracias a la manipulación de las apariencias de las circunstancias.

Con el avance de los soviéticos amenazando operativamente Rostov, el 4º Ejército panzer del coronel general Hoth se retiró en enero de 1.943 de sus posiciones en las riberas del Sal, estableciendo una línea defensiva al sur del río Manich. Por aquella ciudad pasaba la vía de abastecimientos y de retirada del 1er. Ejército panzer y debía mantenerse abierta, si se deseaba evitar un desastre cualitativamente similar al de Stalingrado. El Sexto Ejército atrapado aquí era la unidad tipo ejército más poderosa de la Wehrmatch. El 4º Ejército panzer recibió la misión de proteger este cuello de botella de las comunicaciones del Grupo de Ejércitos Don.

Pronto alcanzaron los soviéticos la confluencia del Manich con el Don. Apoderándose de la pequeña ciudad de Manutchskaya, en su ribera sur y situada a sólo 30 Km en dirección a la desembocadura del Don. Los soviéticos adelantaron entonces destacamentos avanzados en esa dirección. El 23 de enero, la 11ª división panzer y la 16ª división de infantería contraatacaron a las puntas de avance soviéticas y las rechazaron sobre Manutchskaya.

Ahora era vital restaurar el frente al sur del Don y del Manich, expulsando a los soviéticos de esa ciudad. Que constituía una de sus características cabezas de puente, que con enorme habilidad sabían reforzar rápidamente, una vez constituidas.

Los alemanes realizaron un ataque directo desde el suroeste el día 24, buscando sorprender a los soviéticos, con la continuidad de las operaciones. Pero se encontraron con el fenómeno citado. Los soviéticos ya habían creado un frente antitanque en esa entrada a la ciudad. Emplazando tanques con sus cascos semienterrados y distribuidos entre los edificios, a lo largo de las calles en profundidad y que eran de muy difícil localización.

La 11ª división panzer, muy veterana y con un magnífico táctico por jefe, el general Hermann Balck, cesó rápidamente el ataque al detectar la importancia de las defensas, sin empeñarse a fondo.

Imagen relacionada Panther de la 11 división panzer circa verano 1943.

El día 25, el general Balck inició un ataque sobre el sector noreste de la ciudad, que los soviéticos identificaron como el asalto principal, similar al anterior y siguiendo el criterio ortodoxo de “no insistir en ataques fallidos o frontales” (no provechosos). Por ello, trasladaron rápidamente sus medios antitanques (los tanques son los más móviles) al sector amenazado.

Para que ese ataque fuera creíble (manipulación de las apariencias) se empleó en un principio en su apoyo toda la artillería divisionaria. Se trataba, además, de la dirección de ataque más peligrosa para los soviéticos, ya que ésa era la parte de la ciudad más cercana al puente principal de carretera sobre el Manich y su ocupación aislaría la cabeza de puente soviética en la ribera sur. Esto constituirían las “evidencias primarias”.

Probablemente el ataque en el sector nordeste ya fue considerado por la defensa soviética como un ataque alternativo (una de las posibilidades) y por eso también reaccionó rápidamente al ocurrir.

El ataque principal “virtual” lo ejecutaban tanquetas de exploración y vehículos semi orugas de infantería, para simular la marcha de vehículos mecanizados, ocultos por cortinas de humo. Buscando más esconderlos de las vistas enemigas que proteger su avance por saltos observados. Esto prestaba una “evidencia secundaria” a la credibilidad de las “apariencias”.

Cuando el empeño soviético en la nueva defensa fue apreciado, lo cual confirmaba la alteración del dispositivo original y la atracción ejercida sobre él por el ataque normal “aparente”, el grueso de la artillería divisionaria lanzó un potente golpe de fuego sobre un sector de la zona suroeste de la villa. Una sola batería alemana quedó apoyando el falso ataque principal en marcha.

El grueso de los tanques del 15º regimiento panzer atacaron inmediatamente el límite anterior de la defensa y entraron en la villa. Avanzando por su interior, para atacar por la retaguardia el nuevo despliegue defensivo soviético, especialmente sus tanques. La infantería mecanizada alemana cerró tras ellos después de la irrupción.

La resistencia soviética se desmoronó. Su infantería se dirigió al puente sobre el Manich, siendo perseguida por el batallón de motoristas 61. Las bajas alemanas en la liquidación de la defensa de Manutchskaya fueron, según fuentes propias, de un muerto y catorce heridos. Atribuyéndoseles a los soviéticos entre 500 y 600 bajas y 20 tanques destruidos.

Creo, que toda la exposición es clara y simple. Que son características necesarias de las maneras prácticas y reales del buen hacer.



Las “pequeñas unidades” atacando con objetivo limitado (una incursión profunda, la toma de una posición crítica, el rescate de una personalidad, una emboscada) constituyen un “sistema” militar cerrado. Esta condición impone unas características específicas en sus “interfases de acción” con el enemigo. Que no siempre son idénticas a las de la lucha de unidades y grandes unidades, sobre todo en la limitación de los medios y del tiempo de actuación disponible.

Las unidades así empeñadas deben imponer rápidamente y mantener una superioridad combativa sobre el enemigo. Para poder conseguir la supremacía local y temporal, que les permita conseguir dichos objetivos limitados.


La característica o el factor de la concepción de su misión es la simplicidad. Las características de su preparación son la inteligencia, la seguridad y el entrenamiento. Las características de su acción son la sorpresa, la velocidad de acción y el compromiso de los participantes en la misión.

El caso “The Hunt for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi” está tratado con profusión y difusión suficientes, en cuanto a sus características publicitarias, políticas, legales, humanas y técnicas. Ahora analizaremos las particularidades tácticas y operativas que lo caracterizaron.

¿Cómo se detectó la presencia de Abu Bakr y sus parientes en esa localización? Evidentemente, una vez destruídas y liberadas las bases de apoyo y refugio del califato sunní en Irak y Siria, los EE. UU. y los otros países presentes en la zona de guerra estaban interesados en al-Baghdadi y procuraban su captura. Al parecer, un miembro arrepentido del Estado Islámico, que conocía la red de mensajeros de Abu Bakr, se pasó a las filas de las Fuerzas Democráticas Sirias, coalición opositora a al-Assad, controlada por los kurdos del Y.P.G. y apoyada por los EE. UU. Este “arrepentido” se convirtió en agente doble de esa coalición. Y, por sus antecedentes, consiguió acceder al círculo íntimo de al-Baghdadi y sustrajo una prenda íntima de éste (al parecer, un calzoncillo). La cual sirvió para identificarlo con casi el 100% de seguridad. Otros medios de la inteligencia estadounidense confirmaron o no desmintieron esta identificación por el ADN. Lo cual confirmó la investigación y estableció el objetivo.

Desde mayo de 2019, al-Baghdadi se encontraba en Barisha. Y, ya estaba a punto de trasladarse a otra ubicación escondite, ya que cada 6 meses solía mudarse de refugio. Era ya un huido, un insurrecto errante, sin bases estables refugio, desde donde adoctrinar y expandir su territorio. E incapaz de realizar una defensa coherente de sus escondites. Su única técnica defensiva disponible era la ocultación, buscando que fuera eficaz e impermeable a la detección humana y electrónica enemiga.

Desarrollo de la Operación de Caza y Captura de Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

La unidad militar elegida para llevar a cabo la “Operación Kayla Mueller” fue la US Navy Seal. Ésta es la unidad de su Marina de Guerra encargada de las acciones puntuales especiales por mar (sea), aire, (a) y tierra (l). Los Seals se crearon al final de la década de los 50 del siglo XX. Al apreciarse por el Pentágono la necesidad de contar con militares polivalentes, extremadamente preparados y capaces de actuar en cualquier ámbito en condiciones exigentes.


A primeros de los 60 y por deseo del presidente Kennedy, comenzaron a actuar en Vietnam. La formación general de un Seal se prolonga durante años de duro trabajo. El Seal cobra entre 42 mil y más de 65 mil euros al año. Su trabajo duro, minucioso, preciso y peligroso, no se compensa económicamente. Satisfacer su amor a la milicia, su vocación de servicio (éste se le enseña), su amor a la patria y su compromiso con sus colegas y la unidad son su paga principal. La “unidad 6” de los Seals, un grupo de élite de una veintena de hombres, participó en esta misión, encargándose de los objetivos principales. Es posible que el almirante jefe dirigiera la operación, pero no hay confirmación oficial. La naturaleza de los Seals, la estructura de las subunidades aerotransportables participantes y de los transportes y apoyos eran elementos que contribuían a la simplicidad de la misión, ya que se adecuaban perfectamente a ella.


El entrenamiento y el ensayo de la misión no fueron descuidados, a pesar de la enorme experiencia general de los hombres. Antes de la activación de la unidad en la Base al-Asad, en Irak, aquélla fue entrenada en un “modelo” que reproducía fielmente las instalaciones, la extensión y las características del complejo urbano de Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi y los terrenos aledaños. Éste estaba a las afueras de la pequeña población de Barisha, al norte de la provincia siria de Idlib y a unos 6 Km. o 4 millas de la frontera con Turquía. El “essay model” fue levantado probablemente en una de las bases de entrenamiento más o menos protegidas de los Seals. Y éste se prolongó por unas 6 semanas, con intervalos. Durante esta fase se mantuvo el factor seguridad de la misión, ya que los ensayos y prácticas que realizan los Seals son variados y cambiantes.

La unidad atacante, formada por un centenar de efectvos, se desplegó en su base de partida principal al menos unos 10 días antes de la operación, para no incrementar su tensión y facilitar su adaptación final. El factor seguridad se mantuvo incólume durante toda la gran fase de preparación de la misión.

En la madrugada del domingo 27 de octubre de 2019, el jefe de vuelo de la “fuerza de transporte” tomó el mando de la operación y ordenó el despegue de los helicópteros de su base de partida al-Asad. La fuerza de transporte procedía de alguna de las divisiones 82 0 101 aerotransportadas del US Army. El vuelo al objetivo se realizó siguiendo hasta 3 o 4 direcciones diferentes, para no llamar la atención de observadores o curiosos en tierra. Las trayectorias se orientaron al oeste-noroeste, evitando el cercano eje de poblaciones arracimadas en la gran cuenca del Eufrates. Con ello se protegían los factores de seguridad y de sorpresa de la misión, durante la fase de acercamiento.

La fuerza de operaciones utilizó entre 6 y 8 helicópteros. Entre 4 y 6 eran Chinook CH-47, bimotores, para carga pesada, que transportaban a los Seals, los equipos y a la unidad canina de apoyo. Y los otros eran su escolta: 2 Apache AH-64 de ataque y protección. Ésas aeronaves fueron suficientes para trasladar de vuelta a todos los hombres y perros, con su botín de información para la inteligencia, prisioneros y el cadáver de Abu Bakr.

Al llegar la expedición aérea a las inmediaciones del complejo yihadista, un grupo de hombres armados salieron de éste. Y se dispusieron a situarse en sus posiciones previstas, en torno a las edificaciones. No eran más de una veintena. Los helicópteros en vuelo abrieron fuego sobre ellos. Y la zona de su despliegue fue saturada de proyectiles de las armas pesadas de abordo.

Resultado de imagen de abu bakr al-baghdadi  DERROTADO, ESCONDIDO Y PERSEGUIDO.

Ya en el objetivo, el coronel jefe de la fuerza de ataque tomó el mando de la operación. Antes del asalto, los altavoces de los helicópteros conminaron a al-Baghdadi a rendirse. Pero, éste corrió a esconderse. En su lugar, salieron 2 adultos y 11 niños.

Las tripulaciones de los helicópteros, dotadas de medios de fuegos pesados, se encargaron de sellar el complejo de viviendas del exterior. Los Seals de asalto avanzaron sobre aquél por dos lados. Una fracción de ellos, formaron un “anillo” defensivo exterior, para aislar el complejo desde tierra. La entrada en el interior de la casa principal se realizó por una abertura practicada en una pared lateral. Por miedo a que en las puertas y ventanas existieran booby traps o trampas para ingenuos explosivas. La mayor parte de los hombres se encargó de neutralizar a los escasos escoltas yihadistas que quedaban y capturar a los civiles (mujeres y niños) de las viviendas. Todos los Seals estaban comunicados entre sí mediante una Intranet sofisticada.

Un grupo especial, el “hunting team”, a cargo del coronel, fue a por Abu Bakr. En él se integró la unidad canina de detección, neutralización y ataque. El equipo de identificación también formaba parte de este mini grupo de armas combinadas. Otro grupo, el “inteligence collect team” se encargó de recoger toda la información sensible existente en las varias instalaciones o casuchas. Ambos “grupos de misión” se dividían en subgrupos, para completar rápidamente sus misiones por el complejo. Asimismo, en las detecciones indicadas colaboraban todos los hombres dentro del perímetro.

Golpeada por el fuego pesado, toda la familia quedó aturdida y conmocionada. Al-Baghdadi escapó con dos o tres de sus hijos siguiendo un laberinto de túneles excavado bajo la casa. Que le permitirían, tras un recorrido de unos cientos de ms., alcanzar la superficie por una disimulada y protegida salida lejana.

En un momento dado del avance del “hunting team” por el laberinto, el coronel dio órdenes de adelantar a la unidad canina de los Seals. Su idea era preservar la vida de sus hombres de élite. Uno de los miembros de la unidad, una perra pastor belga malinois con identidad encriptada, por pertenecer a una unidad clasificada, se adelantó a los demás teams o grupos caninos y fue acercándose a Abu Bakr. Su nombre sería K-9, que responde a la nomenclatura usada en otras ocasiones en operaciones especiales. Sin embargo, la profusión de noticias dudosas, filtradas gota a gota, le atribuye el nombre de Conan, recogido en la revista Newsweek.

Cuando Abu Baker se vió atrapado, ya con los nervios rotos y derrotado, explotó su chaleco explosivo. Matándose él y sus hijos e hiriendo a la perra. El equipo de identificación se adelantó, buscó ADN entre los esparcidos restos y confirmó al 100% la identidad de al-Baghdadi.

La operación culminó en unos 60 minutos, pero los hombres estuvieron unas 2 horas más en la zona. Luego, ocuparon sus helicópteros y éstos partieron de regreso. El cadáver del jefe del EI fue depositado en el mar, dentro de las 24 hs. siguientes, siguiendo el rito islámico.

A continuación, aviones estadounidenses de ataque a tierra lanzaron 6 cohetes de HE, probablemente del tipo Maverick, a la zona de operaciones desalojada, convirtiéndola en “zona de destrucción”. El último refugio de Abu Bakr quedó convertido en un área de color gris claro laminada hasta las cenizas y con los escombros triturados.



The small units attacking with limited aim (a deep incursion, the capture of a critical position, the rescue of a personality, an ambush) constitute a military closed «system«. This condition imposes a some specific characteristics in his «interfaces of action» with the enemy. That not always are identical to those in the fighting of units and great units, especially in the limitation of the available means and of the time of action.

The units so committed must impose rapidly and keep a combative superiority on the enemy. To be able to obtain the local and temporary supremacy, which allows them to obtain the above mentioned limited aims.

Resultado de imagen de abu bakr al-baghdadi IN THE EARLY DAYS OF HIS JIHADIST ACTIVITY, AFTER THE U.S. INVASION OF IRAQ.

The characteristic or the factor of the conception of his mission is the simplicity. The characteristics of their preparation are the intelligence, the security and the training. The characteristics of their action are the surprise, the speed of action and the commitment of the participants in the mission.

«The Hunt for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi» is publicly treated by enough profusion and diffusion, as for his advertising, political, legal, human and technical characteristics. Now we will analyze the tactical and operational particularities that characterized it.

How was the presence of Abu Baker and his relatives detected at that location? Evidently, once the Sunni caliphate’s bases of support and refuge in Iraq and Syria, were destroyed and liberated, the U.S. and the other countries present in the war zone were interested in al-Baghdadi and sought his capture. A repentant member of the Islamic State, who knew the Abu Baker’s messenger network, reportedly joined the Syrian Democratic Forces, a coalition opposing al-Assad, controlled by the Kurds of the Y.P.G. and supported by the U.S. This «repentant» became a double agent of that coalition. And because of his background, he gained access to al-Baghdadi’s inner circle and stole an intimate garment from him (apparently, a underwear).

Which served to identify him with almost 100% surely. Other US intelligence means confirmed or did not deny the DNA identification. This confirmed the investigation and established the target.

Since May, 2019, al-Baghdadi has been in Barisha. And, he was about to move to another hiding location, since every 6 months he used to move to a different shelter. He was already a fugitive, a wandering insurrect, with no stable bases of refuge, from which indoctrinate and expand his territory. And unable to make a coherent defense of his hiding places. Its only available defensive technique was concealment, seeking to be effective and impervious to enemy human and electronic detection.

The Development of the Hunting Operation for Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi.

The military unit chosen to carry out the «Operation Kayla Mueller» was the US Navy Seal. This is the unit of the Navy in charge of the punctual special actions by (sea), air (a), and land (l). The Seals were created at the end of the decade of the 50 of the 20th century. On having appreciated the need to possess polyvalent military men, extremely prepared and capable of acting in any area in demanding conditions.

At the beginning of the 60 and for desire of president Kennedy, they began to act in Vietnam. The general formation of a Seal extends during years of hard work. The Seal receives between 42 thousand and more than 65 thousand dollars a year. His meticulous, precise, hard and dangerous work is not compensated economically. To satisfy his love to the military, his vocation of service (this one is taught to him), his love to the mother land and his commitment with his colleagues and the unit are his principal pay. The «unit 6» of the Seals, a group of elite with a score of men, took part in this mission, taking charge of the principal aims. It is said that the admiral in chief directed the operation, but there is no official confirmation. The nature of the Seals, the structure of the airborne subunits participants and of the transport and supports, were elements that contributing to the simplicity of the mission, as they were adapted perfectly to it.

Resultado de imagen de abu bakr al-baghdadi IN MOSUL, AT THE END OF JUNE 2014, HE PROCLAIMED HIMSELF CALIPH OF ALL MUSLIMS.

The training and the trial of the mission were not neglected, in spite of the enormous general experience of the men. Before the activation of the unit in the al-Asad Base, in Iraq, this was trained in a «model«, which was reproducing faithfully the facilities, the extension and the characteristics of al-Baghdadi‘s urban complex and its bordering areas. This was in the outskirts of Barisha, a little town in the north of the Syrian province of Idlib, al 4 miles from the Turquey’s border. The «essay model» was raised probably in one of the training bases of the Seals. And this extended for approximately 6 weeks, with intervals. During this phase the factor security of the mission was kept, because the trials and practices that the Seals realize are varied and changeable.

The attacking unit, with a hundred of men, deployed in her principal departure operational base at least 10 days before, to not increase her stress and to facilitate the final adjustment. The security factor was kept unscathed during the great preparation phase of of the mission.

In the early morning of Sunday, 27 October 2019, the flight chief of the “transport force” took command of the operation and ordered the helicopters to take off from their al-Assad forward base. The transport force came from one of the US Army airborne divisions 82 or 101. The flight to the target was made following up to 3 or 4 different directions, so to not attract the attention of observers or onlookers on the ground. The trajectories were oriented to the west-northwest, avoiding the nearby axis of populations bunched in the great basin of the Euphrates. This protected the mission’s security and surprise factors during the approach phase.

The operations force used between 6 and 8 helicopters. Between 4 and 6 were Chinook CH-47, twin-engined, heavy-duty load, that carried the Seals, the equipment and the canine unit in support. And the others were his escort: 2 Apache AH-64 for attack and protection. Those aircraft were enough to transport back all the men and dogs, with their intelligence information booty, prisoners and Abu Bakr’s body.

When the air expedition arrived in the vicinity of the jihadist complex, a group of armed men left the complex. And they set out to get their planned positions around the buildings. There were no more than twenty. The helicopters in flight opened fire on them. And the area of their deployment was saturated with bullets and shells from the heavy weapons on board.

Already at the target, the commanding colonel of the attacking force took command of the operation. Before the assault, the helicopter loudspeakers called on al-Baghdadi to surrender. But, he ran to hide. Instead, two adults and 11 children came out.

Resultado de imagen de abu bakr al-baghdadi  DEFEATED, HIDDEN AND PERSECUTED.

The helicopter crews, equipped with heavy firepower means, sealed the outer housing complex. Assaulting Seals moved on that one from two sides. A fraction of them formed an outer defensive ring, to isolate the complex from the area. The entrance to the interior of the main house was through an opening on a side wall. For fear of booby traps in doors and windows. Most of the men were responsible for neutralizing the few remaining jihadi escorts and capturing civilians (women and children) from the houses. All the Seals were in touch between themselves by a sophisticated intranet.

A task force, the “hunting group”, led by the colonel, went for Abu Bakr. The canine unit of detection, neutralization and attack was integrated in it. The identification team was also part of this mini group of combined arms. Another group, the “inteligence collect group” was in charge of collecting all the sensitive information existing in the various facilities or shacks. Both “mission groups” were divided into subgroups, to quickly complete their missions around the complex. All the men within the perimeter were also involved in the above-mentioned detections.

Struck by heavy fire, the whole family was stunned and shocked. Al-Baghdadi escaped with two or three of his sons following a maze of tunnels dug under the house. That would allow him, after a journey of a few hundred ms., to reach the surface by a disguised and protected exit far away.

At a moment of the advance of the “hunting groupin the labyrinth, the colonel gave orders to bring forward the SEAL canine unit. His idea was to preserve the lives of his elite men in so intricate situation. One of the members of the unit, a Belgian Malinois shepherd bitch with an encrypted identity, belonging to a classified unit, overtook the other canine teams or groups and approached Abu Bakr. His name would be K-9, which corresponds to the nomenclature used on other occasions in special operations. However, the profusion of dubious news, filtered drop by drop, gives it the name of Conan, published in Newsweek magazine.

When Abu Bakr was trapped, already with broken nerves and defeated, his explosive vest exploded. Killing him and his children and injuring the bitch. The identification team went ahead, searched the scattered remains of the body for DNA and 100% confirmed al-Baghdadi’s identity.

The operation ended in about 60 minutes, but the men were about two more hours in the area. Then, they occupied their helicopters and these left back. The body of the head of the IS was deposited in the sea, within 24 hs. following the Islamic rite.

Next, United States’ ground attack aircraft launched six HE missiles, probably of the Maverick type, into the vacated area of operations, converting it into a «destruction zone». The last shelter of Abu Bakr was turned into a light grey area, laminated to ashes and crushed rubble.


Mohammad: Mystical and Religious; Soldier and Statesman.



The Origins and Youth of the Prophet.

Mohammad was born in Mecca in 570 A.D., or, in the year 52 before the Hegira, in the family of the Ben Hachim, of the Quraich tribe. This was the tribe most distinguished in the zone, though without many economic resources. Some of his members were the guardians of the Kaaba or the God’s house, constructed by Abraham and his son Ismael, had with his slave Agar, on order of the same God. And in her was guarded the Black Stone.

The Black Stone is an object of worship by the Muslims. It has a diameter of 30 cm. (a foot) and is placed in the east side of the Kaaba, at a height of 1,5 ms. The Arabic tradition says that it dates back to the times of Adam and Eve and is considered to be a stone from the Paradise. Also it says that when it descended from the sky it was white, and that the sins of the men turned it negress little by little. Mohammad kissed it repeatedly when he occupied in Mecca the 630 and in his last peregrination from Medina al-Nabi in 632. It was the only object of worship accepted by the Muslims, coexistent together with the idols in the Kaaba during the jahiliya or the epoch of the chaos and idolatry previous to the revealed Islam.


Mohammad was born orphan of father and, with five years, lost his mother. Four years later, his grandfather died. So, having only 9 years, his uncle Abu Taleb, father of Ali took charge of him. Ali would marry later the major and favorite daughter of the Prophet, Fatima, daughter of Jadiya. And of this marriage would be born the only descendants from Mohammad.

At the age of ten, Mohammad traveled with his uncle to the Great Syria, that the Arabs name al-Sham, and that comprises the actual territories of Syria, Palestine, the Jordan’s West Bank and The Lebanon. In Bosra’s suburbs, close to the Jordan, was a Christian convent. There, Mohammad knew a monk called Nestor, who spoke to him about the Christianity and his Revelation, and that estimated very much the qualities of the child. This experience was very deep in Mohammad.

The wants of the family did that Mohammad had to work as shepherd from child and, already in the adolescence, of camel-driver. At the age of 20, he entered to the service of Jadiya, widow in two occasions, which, encouraged by his father, was dedicating to the trade in Arabia and with the neighbors countries, and that was possessing a solid fortune. Finally, when he was 25 years old, Mohammad married Jadiya, who was already 40 years old. And that gave him 2 children, who died prompt, and 4 daughters.

Mohammad, Mystic and Religious.

Towards 610, Mohammad, that already took a comfortable and easy life by his marriage, began to move back to ponder in solitary, high and nearby sites. This would be already an essential and persistent interest in his life. His favorite place was a cave in the mount Hira, placed at 6 km from Mecca. Here he had the first revelation of the Qoran or Khoran in the so called Night of the Destination. A voice ordered him: «Read and recite». There, he continued going assiduously during more than three years and receiving little by little different chapters of the Khoran, called the suras of Mecca. In an occasion, he had in a vision the visit of the angel Gabriel, who said to him: «Oh, Mohammad, You are the Prophet of God”.

Till then, the year 613-614, only Jaliya was a believer of the God’s revelation. One day, Ali surprised them doing prayer and he turned into his second follower. The third was the freedman of Mohammad, Zaid ben Hantah and the fourth, Abu Baker al-Sidrique, a friend of the Prophet. Abu means «father of» and it refered to an important son or to the major one of a gentleman, when he was deserving it; indicating that it was extending in the time this familiar race.

From the beginning of the spread of the faith in the area near to the Prophet, there arose a strong and tenacious resistance from the mequinens to the idea of the only God and to the rites and obligations that the new religion asked. Which was condemning and rejecting the idolatry and his customs, that existed deeply in the city. The rites of the Salat were specially shocking and showy to them: The Muslim prayer divided and extended throughout the day, continuing the variable time of luminosity with the stations and using the positions of foot, sat, genuflect and humbled, in the recitation of the suras or chapters; that later will be established in the 5 actual moments. And the number of Muslims continued low and invariably.

Resultado de imagen de Al-Sham, la Gran Siria  AL-SHAM O THE GREAT SYRIA.

The Islam is not a religion of miracles. The miracle is the suspension or the overcoming of the laws of the Nature in an event and his circumstances. On them only has dominoes and legal authority the Necessary Being, who gave and established them with his characteristics and peculiarities. Whom we call God, in the different religions and languages. In many cases, the «advisers» and prophets sent by God to the different peoples and epochs, in order that they were turning of his unworthy life and were turning to the real God and his path, were asked by the peoples. In order that they give to them an unequivocal sign, which corroborates his ideas and the divine mandate.

Allah’s response, to the advisers for give to the idolaters and sinners, is: «I am the One that makes and supports all the works and the marvels of the world that you perceive». And, this way, chapter 30, aleya 37: «Is it that they do not see that Allah expands the provision whom he loves and restricts her to that he wants? It is true that in it are signs for people who believes»: chapter 35, aleya 27: «It is that you do not see that Allah makes that water falls from the sky and with her we do that go out fruits of diverse colors? And that there are mountains of white and red seams, of different shades and up to a dark black one?”, chapter 30, aleya 10: «Those that had committed evilnesse had the worst end, for having denied the veracity of Allah’s signs and have joked of them».

The visible head of the reaction against the Muslims is Abu Sufian, chief of the clan Amauin of the Omeyas’s tribe, which hold the power in Mecca and the privileges of the worship, accommodation, etc. The prolongation of this rejection, hard and progressively aggressive, will cause in the year 622 the «march towards» (Hegira) Medina of the Muslims.

At around the 615, in order to avoid the destruction of his small group of 40 followers, Mohammad divides them and arranges that they hide in Mecca or shelter in the rocky nearby hills. This is for the Islam a «stage of catacombs«, which will last until the 619.

We believe that between 616 and 617, (it is a date without making concrete and is within the limits of a decade, which the historic investigators indicate) Mohammad received, in one of the sites where he pondered, the visit of a group of persons of the tribe Jazrach, of Iazerib‘s city, at the north of Mecca. Attracted by his reputation, they came to ask for advice and help for the resolution of the litigious that they had with other Iazerib’s tribes, where the Jazrach had lost his prevalence.

The Jazrach were the Iazerib‘s most important tribe, until the Aus, a minor tribe, was allied by the Jews of the city. That were seeking to handle the trade and to gain political influence in her. The Jazrach saw in Mohammad, the leader who could join the Arabs and eliminate the influence of the Jews.

For Mohammad this was the promise of new converts for the Islam, which number was still despicable after so many years. It might be say that «the Islam was an ideology without force and the Jazrach were a force without ideology». And Mohammad woud be said, at least in his thoughts, «let’s gain the force of the Jazrach for our ideology (Islam)».

In effect, Mohammad‘s revelations found a good reception in Iazerib and, even, members of the Aus came to see him in his «mountainous retirement». These facts made increase in the mequinens and, specially, in the tribe Quraich his distaste to Mohammad and the Islam. This way, several years passed. And, finally, the quraichies decided to kill him and Mohammad had to flee of Mecca. It was the beginning of the Hegira.


MOHAMMAD, Soldier and statesman.

Mohammad and Abu Baker sheltered temporarily in Zaur‘s cave, at 5 km from Mecca. Mohammad ordered that the Muslim community should go in small groups to Iazerib, while was coming his moment to go, indicated by Allah. This night, Allah turned green a shrub that was at the entry of his hiding place, two birds nested in it and a spider wove his fabric in the opened remaining space. It was the summer beginning and these facts were normal. For 3 days and 3 nights they remained in the cave, hearing his mequinens persecutors crossing ahead, without noticing them.

A freedman and a guide came then, bringing camels and provisions and the 4 undertook the march to Iazerib, making a detour in the mountainous zone that surrounds the Red Sea. On July 12 of 622, they came to Iazerib and encamped in the suburbs, where the medinens come in mass to receive them. Finally, on July 16, date of the Hegira, Mohammad entered triumphantly in the city. It is the beginning of the Muslim Age and the end of the jahiriya or the preexisting idolatrous chaos to the Islam.

The medinens suras or chapters that Mohammad will receive here, are directed to a leader, a chief and defender of the Muslim community (the Umma). To establish the juridical and social procedure by which she will be ruled. And the Umma is born of the merger of the ansares or medinens assistant (in majority) with the mequinens muhayirun or emigrants.

In Medina, only the Jews opposed to the preaching and the action of the Prophet. On one hand, they were afraid to lose his social influence and his business. And neither they admit a prophet, foreign to the people chosen by Jehova. Reproaching Mohammad that many «revealed» suras were copying and interpreting falsely the books of the Torah or Old Testament.

This will do that Mohammad establishes from December of 623 the Kaaba (Mecca) as the direction towards which saying the Salat. Till then, Mohammad took Jerusalem as the sacred city towards which to pray. This decision was symbolizing, in addition, that the Islam was a religion of progress and loved by the Arabs. And that Mohammad perfected and sealed all the God’s previous revelations, the Torah and the Gospels.



Mahoma: Místico y Religioso; Combatiente y Estadista


Los Orígenes y Juventud del Profeta.

Mahoma nació en La Meca en el año 570 d.C., o sea, en el año 52 antes de la Hégira, en la familia de los Ben Hachim, de la tribu Quraich. Ésta era la tribu más distinguida de la zona, aunque sin muchos recursos económicos. Algunos de sus miembros eran los custodios de la Kaaba o la casa de Dios, construida por Abraham y su hijo Ismael, de su esclava Agar, por orden del mismo Dios. Y en ella se guardaba la Piedra Negra.

La Piedra Negra es un objeto de veneración de los musulmanes. Tiene un diámetro de 30 cm. (un pie) y está colocada en el lado este de la Kaaba, a una altura de 1,5 ms. La tradición árabe dice que data de los tiempos de Adán y Eva y es considerada una piedra del Paraíso. También dice que cuando descendió del cielo era blanca, y que los pecados de los hombres la volvieron negra poco a poco. Al ocupar La Meca en el 630 y en su última peregrinación desde Medina al-Nabi el 632, Mahoma la besó repetidamente. Era el único objeto de culto aceptado por los musulmanes, coexistente junto con los ídolos en la Kaaba durante la jahiliya o la época del caos e idolatría anterior al Islam revelado.


Mahoma nació huérfano de padre y, con cinco años, perdió a su madre. Cuatro años después, murió su abuelo. Así, teniendo sólo 9 años, se hizo cargo de él su tío Abu Taleb, padre de Alí. Éste se casaría más tarde con la hija mayor y preferida del Profeta, Fátima, hija de Jadiya. Y de este matrimonio nacerían los únicos descendientes de Mahoma.

A los diez años, Mahoma viajó con su tío a la Gran Siria, que los árabes denominan al-Sham, y que comprende los actuales territorios de Siria, Palestina, la Cisjordania y El Líbano. En las afueras de Bosra, junto al Jordán, había un convento cristiano. Allí, Mahoma conoció a un monje llamado Néstor, que le habló del Cristianismo y su Revelación, y que apreció mucho las cualidades del niño. Esta experiencia fue muy profunda en Mahoma.

Las estrecheces de la familia hicieron que Mahoma tuviese que trabajar como pastor desde niño y, ya en la adolescencia, de camellero. A los 20 años, entró al servicio de Jadiya, viuda en dos ocasiones, que, animada por su padre, se dedicaba al comercio en Arabia y con los países vecinos, y que contaba con una sólida fortuna. Por fin, cuando tenía 25 años, Mahoma se casó con Jadiya, que tenía ya 40 años. Y que le dio 2 hijos, que murieron pronto, y 4 hijas.

Mahoma, Místico y Religioso.

Hacia el 610, Mahoma, que ya tenía una vida cómoda y fácil por su matrimonio, comenzó a retirarse para meditar en sitios solitarios, altos y cercanos. Ésta sería ya una afición esencial y persistente en su vida. Su lugar favorito era una cueva en el monte Hira, situada a 6 Km. de La Meca. Aquí tuvo la primera revelación del Korán en la llamada Noche del Destino. Una voz le ordenó: “Lee y recita”. Allí continuó yendo asiduamente durante más de tres años y recibiendo poco a poco distintos capítulos del Korán. Son las suras mequinenses o de La Meca. En una ocasión, tuvo en una visión la visita del ángel Gabriel, que le dijo: “Oh, Mahoma, Tú eres el Profeta de Dios”.

 Hasta entonces, año 613-614, sólo Jaliya fue creyente de la revelación de Dios. Un día, Alí los sorprendió haciendo oración y se convirtió en su segundo seguidor. El tercero fue el liberto de Mahoma, Zaid ben Hantah y el cuarto, Abu Baker al-Sidrique, un amigo del Profeta. Abu quiere decir “padre de” y se refería a un hijo importante o al mayor de un señor, cuando lo merecía; indicando que así se prolongaba en el tiempo esa estirpe familiar.

Desde el principio de la propagación de la fe en el ámbito cercano al Profeta, surgió una fuerte y tenaz resistencia de los mequinenses a la idea de un único Dios y a los ritos y obligaciones que pedía la nueva religión. La cual condenaba y rechazaba la idolatría y sus costumbres, que existían arraigadas en la ciudad. Les resultaban especialmente chocantes y llamativos los ritos del Salat: La oración musulmana, dividida y extendida a lo largo del día, siguiendo el variable tiempo de luminosidad con las estaciones y empleando las posturas de pie, sentado, genuflexo y postrado, en la recitación de las suras o capítulos; y que posteriormente se establecerán en los 5 momentos actuales. Y el número de musulmanes continuaba bajo e invariable.

Resultado de imagen de Al-Sham, la Gran Siria AL-SHAM O LA GRAN SIRIA.

No es el Islam una religión de milagros. El milagro es la suspensión o la superación de las leyes de la Naturaleza en un evento y sus circunstancias. Sobre ellas sólo tiene domino y potestad el Ser Necesario, que las dio y estableció con sus características y peculiaridades. Al cual llamamos Dios, en las distintas religiones y lenguas. En muchos casos, los “advertidores” y profetas enviados por Dios a los distintos pueblos y épocas, para que se convirtiesen de su vida indigna y volviesen al verdadero Dios y a su sendero, eran requeridos por las gentes. Para que les diesen una señal inequívoca, que les corroborase sus ideas y el mandato divino.

La respuesta de Allah, para que los advertidores diesen a los idólatras y pecadores, es: “Yo soy el que crea y sostiene todas las obras y las maravillas del mundo que percibís”. Y, así, sura 30, aleya 37: “¿Es que no ven que Allah expande la provisión a quien quiere y la restringe a quien quiere? Es cierto que en eso hay signos para la gente que cree”, sura 35, aleya 27: “¿Es que no ves que Allah hace que caiga agua del cielo y con ella hacemos que salgan frutos de diversos colores? ¿Y que hay montañas de vetas blancas y rojas, de matices distintos y hasta de un negro oscuro?, sura 30, aleya 10: “Aquellos que habían cometido maldades tuvieron el peor fin, por haber negado la veracidad de los signos de Allah y haberse burlado de ellos”.

La cabeza visible de la reacción contra los musulmanes es Abu Sufian, jefe del clan Amauin de los Omeyas, que detentan el poder en La Meca y los privilegios del culto, hospedaje, etc. La prolongación de este rechazo, firme y progresivamente agresivo, causará en el año 622 la “marcha hacia” (Hégira) Medina de los musulmanes.

Hacia el 615, con el fin de evitar la destrucción de su pequeño grupo de 40 seguidores, Mahoma los divide y ordena que se escondan en La Meca o se refugien en las colinas rocosas cercanas. Ésta es para el Islam una “etapa de catacumbas”, que durará hasta el 619.

Creemos que entre el 616 y el 617, (es una fecha sin concretar y está dentro de los límites de una década, demasiado amplios, que señalan los investigadores históricos) Mahoma recibió, en uno de los sitios donde meditaba, la visita de un grupo de personas de la tribu Jazrach, de la ciudad de Iazerib, al norte de La Meca. Atraídos por su fama, venían a pedirle consejo y ayuda para la resolución del contencioso que tenían con las otras tribus de Iazerib, donde los Jazrach habían perdido su preponderancia.

Los Jazrach eran la más importante tribu de Iazerib hasta que los Aus, una tribu menor, se alió con los judíos de la ciudad. Que buscaban manejar el comercio y ganar influencia política en ella. Los Jazrach vieron en Mahoma, el líder que podía unir a los árabes y eliminar la influencia de los judíos.

Para Mahoma esto fue la promesa de nuevos conversos para el Islam, cuyo número era aún despreciable después de tantos años. Se podría decir que “el Islam era una ideología sin fuerza y que los Jazrach eran una fuerza sin ideología”. Y Mahoma se diría, al menos, de pensamiento: “ganemos la fuerza de los Jazrach para nuestra ideología (Islam)”.

En efecto, las revelaciones de Mahoma encontraron una buena acogida en Iazerib e, incluso, acudieron miembros de los Aus a verle en sus “retiros montañosos”. Estos hechos hicieron aumentar en los mequinenses y, especialmente, en la tribu Quraich su aversión a Mahoma y al Islam. Así pasaron varios años. Y, por fin, los quraichíes se decidieron a matarlo y Mahoma tuvo que huir de La Meca. Era el inicio de la Hégira.


Mahoma, Combatiente y Estadista.

Mahoma y Abu Baker se refugiaron temporalmente en la cueva de Zaur, a unos 5 Km. de La Meca. Mahoma ordenó que la comunidad musulmana fuera marchando en pequeños grupos a Iazerib, mientras llegaba su momento de marchar, indicado por Allah. Esa noche, Allah reverdeció un arbusto que se encontraba a la entrada de su escondite, dos pájaros anidaron en él y una araña tejió su tela en el espacio abierto restante; era el inicio del verano y estos hechos eran «normales». Durante 3 días y 3 noches permanecieron en la cueva, oyendo a sus perseguidores mequinenses pasar por delante de la cueva, sin percatarse de ellos.

Llegaron, entonces, un liberto y un guía, llevando camellos y provisiones y los 4 emprendieron la marcha a Iazerib, dando un rodeo por la zona montañosa que rodea al Mar Rojo. El 12 de julio del 622 llegaron a Iazerib y acamparon en las afueras, adonde acudieron en masa los medinenses para recibirlos. Por fin, el 16 de julio, fecha de la Hégira, Mahoma entró triunfalmente en la ciudad. Es el inicio de la Era Musulmana y el final de la jahiriya o el caos idólatra preexistente al Islam.

Las suras medinenses que va a recibir Mahoma en Iazerib, están dirigidas a un gobernante, a un jefe y defensor de la comunidad musulmana (la Umma). Para establecer las normas jurídicas y sociales por las que se regirá ella. Y la Umma nace de la fusión de los ansares o auxiliares medinenses (en mayoría) con los muhayirun o emigrantes mequinenses.

En Medina, sólo los judíos se oponen a la predicación y la actuación del Profeta. Por un lado, temían perder su influencia social y sus negocios. Y tampoco admitían un profeta ajeno al pueblo elegido por Jehová. Reprochándole a Mahoma que muchas suras “reveladas”, copiaban e interpretaban falsamente los libros de la Torah o Antiguo Testamento.

Esto hará que Mahoma establezca a partir de diciembre del 623 a la Kaaba o casa de Dios (La Meca) como la dirección hacia la cual rezar el Salat. Hasta entonces, Mahoma tenía a Jerusalén como la ciudad sagrada hacia la que dirigirse. Esta decisión simbolizaba, además, que el Islam era una religión de progreso y querida por los árabes. Y que Mahoma perfeccionaba y sellaba todas las anteriores revelaciones de Dios a los hombres, la Torá y los Evangelios.


THE MILITARY SURPRISE: concepts, effects, realization and types.

The common or general tactical surprise is that which is normally or frequently used and that is known and expected. There is one case we take as example, which is to ambush or hostilize enemy forces who come to help or rescue a group of their own immobilized and/or besieged by us. This attack is logical to do so, because the forces in march, and especially when the urgency drives them, are especially vulnerable: because of the weakness of their flanks, for their scant reconnaisance and greater ignorance of their marching grund to combat, and for their deployment or marching column more or less frayed.

The attack is to be made using sequential or simultaneously different techniques: ambushes, even employing small units; free shooters lines; shutts of the advance routes and his wings with mines; bombardments of the artillery and the unit’s organic mortars, using registered fire on the routes or its singular points; attacks of the own or allied aviation; appearances and assaults by an our «combat group» (of combined arms?) in his immediate rear or covering it in a flank of the itinerary that is favorable for our protection (heights line, edge of forests, industrial and urban areas).

It is necessary to use necessarily this common surprise. But, the attacker must not repeat his set of tactics and military technics during short periods of time. In order that our attack is not so predictable, also in the details and manners, which facilitates his rejection to the enemy. Since with our routine, we are announcing the enemy which is our game, showing him the cards. And, let’s know that, even with these precautions, we are teaching him to fight.

With the mentioned variety, his combinations and the opportunity of use, the enemy will not be able to take sufficient measurements for the rejection. Since the variants of action that we can use are sufficiently different and numerous.

This is a tactical surprise, in the same level in which we are unrolling ourselves. That will allow us to increase the attrition (on the means) and the wear (of the men) of the enemy. And, even, to place and move more favorably with regard to him. But the total results will depend on the development of the set of the raised operations. Based on the forms of fight, the movements and the involved men and means.

Resultado de imagen de walther model Colonel General Walther Model.

This way, this surprise less elaborated conceptually produces fewer fruits that have operational or decisive transcendency. Everything indicates that, in order that it should take place and increases qualitatively the transcendent efficiency in our actions, it is necessary that the quality of the surprise reaches another dimension in his action.

It is necessary, so, in the operational level of the surprise, that this would be an «ungrateful surprise» for the enemy. That has catastrophic effects, though they are local, on him, at the beginning. And that the «commotion waves» in the area or the affected sections, propagate for the enemy military system attacked. Damaging his capacities, his general and grupal moral (a section, the fighters of a weapon) and his intentions and perspectives. It would be equivalent, in the raised scene, to an «exploitation of the success» of our actions. That are encouraged and perfected by the operational surprise obtained.

The following battle during World War II illustrates the use of unexpected «field of action» on the enemy, and the use of ordinary and heterodox forces. That allowed General Walther Model to take the initiative and destroy a Soviet army inserted in his operational rear.

During the winter counter-offensive of 1941-1942, the Soviet Union military had penetrated the operational rear of the 9th German army of Colonel General Model. It was integrated in the Central Armies Group, under the command of Fieldmarshal von Kluge. The Germans withdrew to positions near populated areas, tacked between them by its artillery fire and keeping open a few, precarious communications lines between the units. Thus helping maintain the operational stability of the army’s defensive area.

The Soviets had crossed the lines of the semi-continuous front, crushing weak German positions and setting up in the german rearwarsd the 39th infantry army and the XI cavalry corps (mobile forces for areas of difficult ongoing), a total of 60,000 men. Their deployment was protected in the semi wild forests and marshes between Boly and Rzhev, the principal regional city, and was supplied by a route that edged by Boly and continued to Nelidovo at the north of the zone. These Soviet forces were also in operational hibernation, waiting for the late thaw of the Russian spring.

This powerful enemy nucleus, in coordinated action with Soviet forces at the front, could compromise the German summer offensive (1942) by cutting the supply lines of the 9th army. For this reason, it was necessary to liquidate it before tackling a new campaign.

Under the instructions of General Model, a movil force was put together. This formed a hippomobile brigade with the reconnaisssance forces (a reduced battalion) of each eight divisions of infantry of 9th army, all of which had all ground transit capacity.

Resultado de imagen de batalla Rzhev The Rzhev’s projection was formed after the Soviet counter-offensive in defense of Moscow.

The mission of this brigade was to slip through enemy flanking sectors not covered by the security and principal positions of the enemy. Once in enemy territory, they were to wait for a principal important attack, to begin fighting in the enemy’s interior with the hope of occupying defense nucleus positions. The German aim was to severely unsettle the Soviets’ deployment and the conduction of their defense plan.

By using its forces in the unexpected «field of action«, the Germans hoped to recover the freedom of action to impose on the enemy the law of the action. The objective was simple, but its attainment was difficult.

The brigade, which was to penetrate the Soviet zone, was led by the 5th panzer division of Major General Gustav Fehn. That were the principal interarms forces and the mass of support or normal forces. They were to proceed following the principal reinforced surface road of the zone. Which passed from Olenino in the north and followed the western slope of the Luchesa river.

Soviet troops (39th infantry army), inside its defense zone clung to this road and had an antitank deployment (obstacles and guns). The Soviet flanks were thin but protected on each side by extensive minefields. Its right flank rested on the inhospitable and impassable woods and swamp lands of the deep valley of the Luchesa which, in the Soviets’ thinking, protected them against serious attack. The Soviet command foresaw what must be the German’s principal effort against them and deployed their forces with creativity and inventiveness.

Only healthy, strong, veteran soldiers who worked well together and whose units had cohesion could be used in this mission. It was not work for garrison troops brought from the German rear or the occupied countries. Because of this, Walther Model did not hesitate to deprive his infantry divisions of its only mobile units of maneuver to use in this battle.

LA SORPRESA MILITAR: conceptos, efectos, realización y tipos.

La sorpresa táctica común o general es aquélla normal o frecuentemente usada y que es conocida y esperable. Hay un caso del que tomamos ejemplo, que consiste en emboscar u hostilizar a las fuerzas enemigas que acuden en socorro o rescate de un grupo propio inmovilizado y/o asediado por nosotros. Este ataque nuestro es lógico hacerlo, porque las fuerzas en movimiento, y más cuando la urgencia les acicatea, son especialmente vulnerables: por la debilidad de sus flancos, por su escasa exploración y mayor desconocimiento de su terreno de marcha al combate, por su despliegue o encolumnamiento de avance más o menos deshilachado.

El ataque de hacerse empleando secuencial o simultáneamente distintas técnicas: emboscadas, incluso empleando pequeñas unidades; líneas de tiradores libres; cerrojos de las vías de avance y sus laterales por minas; bombardeos por la artillería y los morteros orgánicos, empleando fuego registrado sobre las vías o puntos singulares del trayecto de aproximación; ataques de la aviación propia o aliada; apariciones y ataques de un “grupo de combate” (¿de armas combinadas?) nuestro en su retaguardia más o menos inmediata o cubriéndose en un flanco del trayecto que sea favorable a nuestra protección (línea de alturas, borde de bosques, polígonos industriales y edificaciones urbanas).

De esta sorpresa común hay que echar mano necesariamente. Pero, el atacante no debe repetir su juego de tácticas y técnicas militares en cortos períodos de tiempo. Para que nuestro ataque no sea tan predecible, también en los detalles y modos, que facilite al enemigo su rechazo. Ya que con nuestra rutina estamos anunciando al enemigo cuál es nuestro juego, mostrándole las cartas. Y, sepamos que, incluso con estas precauciones, se le está enseñando a luchar.

Con la variedad mencionada, sus combinaciones y la oportunidad de uso, el enemigo no podrá tomar suficientes medidas para el rechazo. Ya que las variantes de acción que podemos utilizar son suficientemente diferentes y numerosas.

Ésta es una sorpresa táctica, en el mismo nivel en el que estamos desenvolviéndonos. Que nos permitirá aumentar la atrición (sobre los medios) y el desgaste (de los hombre) del enemigo. E, incluso, situarnos y movernos más favorablemente respecto a él. Pero los resultados totales dependerán del desenvolvimiento del conjunto de las operaciones planteadas. Basados en las formas de lucha, los movimientos y los hombres y medios involucrados.

Así, esta sorpresa menos elaborada conceptualmente rinde menos frutos que tengan trascendencia operativa o decisiva. Todo indica que, para que se produzca y aumente cualitativamente la eficacia trascendente en nuestras acciones, es necesario que la calidad de la sorpresa alcance otra dimensión en su acción.

 Resultado de imagen de walther model Coronel General Walther Model.

Es necesario, pues, en el nivel operativo de la sorpresa, que ésta sea una “sorpresa ingrata” para el enemigo. Que tenga efectos catastróficos, aunque sean locales, sobre él. Y que las “ondas de conmoción” en el área o las secciones afectadas, se propaguen por el sistema militar enemigo atacado. Dañando sus capacidades, su moral general y grupal (una sección, los servidores de un arma) y sus intenciones y perspectivas. Ello equivaldría, en el escenario planteado, a una “explotación del éxito” de las acciones propias. Que son animadas y perfeccionadas por la sorpresa operativa conseguida.

Veamos un ejemplo de cómo el empleo de un “campo de acción” inesperado para el enemigo y el uso apropiado de las fuerzas ordinarias y heterodoxas, con sus respectivas características de actuación, permitió al general Walther Model, tomar la iniciativa, crear una sorpresa ingrata y destruir un ejército soviético insertado en su retaguardia operativa.

En el invierno de 1941-1942, durante su contraofensiva general de invierno, los soviéticos habían penetrado en la retaguardia operativa del 9º ejército alemán del coronel general Model. Éste se integraba en el Grupo de Ejércitos Centro, al mando del mariscal von Kluge. El repliegue de los alemanes a posiciones centradas en poblaciones, hilvanadas entre sí por el fuego de su artillería y el mantenimiento de unas líneas de comunicaciones suficientes, aunque precarias, entre ellas, mantenía, sin embargo, la estabilidad operativa de dicho ejército en la defensiva.

 Los soviéticos habían cruzado las “líneas” del frente semi continuo alemán, arrollado a su paso las posiciones débiles alemanas e insertado al 39º ejército de infantería y al XI cuerpo de caballería (fuerzas móviles para terrenos de difícil transitabilidad), que sumaban hasta 60 mil hombres, en dicha retaguardia. Su despliegue se protegía en los bosques semi salvajes y los pantanos situados entre Boly y Rzhev, la principal ciudad regional, y era abastecido siguiendo un camino que orillaba Boly y seguía por Nelidovo, al norte de la zona. Esas fuerzas sovié-ticas se hallaban también en hibernación operativa, a la espera de que pasase el tardío deshielo de la primavera rusa.

Este potente núcleo enemigo, en acción coordinada con las fuerzas soviéticas del frente, podía comprometer la ofensiva de verano (1942) alemana en el sector del 9º ejército, actuando contra las líneas de abastecimiento del mismo. Por ello era necesario liquidarlo antes de emprender una nueva campaña.

Con instrucciones expresas del general Model se constituyó una brigada hipomóvil con las fuerzas de exploración (un batallón reducido) de cada una de las ocho divisiones de infantería del 9º ejército, que tuviera capacidad de tránsito por cualquier terreno.

La misión de esta brigada era deslizarse por sectores no observados (por la seguridad y las posiciones principales) de la zona enemiga insertada. E irrumpir en ella, por donde menos era esperado un ataque importante, luchando en su interior e incluso ocupando núcleos de defensa. Con ello buscaban los alemanes desequilibrar severamente el despliegue y la conducción sistemática del plan de defensa soviético.

Resultado de imagen de batalla Rzhev El saliente de Rzhev se formó tras la contraofensiva soviética frente a Moscú.

Empleaban para ello sus fuerzas en un “campo de acción” adecuado e inesperado, que les permitiera recuperar la libertad de acción para imponerse al enemigo. Se trataba de un objetivo cuya simplicidad, que no dificultad, permitía su consecución.

Con esta acción de la brigada como fuerza extraordinaria se facilitaba la penetración en la bolsa soviética de las fuerzas principales interarmas o fuerzas normales, la 5ª división panzer del mayor general Gustav Fehn, a la que estaba subordinada la brigada. Esta últimas estaban sujetas en su tránsito a vías permanentes y avanzarían siguiendo el camino de firme reforzado principal de la zona, el cual transcurría desde Olenino, al norte, siguiendo la vertiente oeste del río Luchesa.

Las tropas soviéticas (39º ejército de infantería), dentro de su zona de defensa, se abrazaban a este camino principal, con un dispositivo antitanque (obstáculos y piezas) en profundidad. Los flancos estaban menos ocupados, pero se protegían con extensos campos de minas a derecha e izquierda, apenas cruzados por unas sendas. Su flanco derecho se apoyaba en las inhóspitas e intransitables tierras boscosas y pantanosas del valle profundo del Luchesa, que los soviéticos estimaban que les aseguraban contra cualquier ataque de importancia. Como vemos, el mando soviético previó con acierto por donde debía discurrir el esfuerzo principal alemán contra ellos, fuera de originalidades e inventivas, y desplegó sus fuerzas en consecuencia.

Solamente soldados sanos, fuertes y veteranos, que poseyeran la experiencia del trabajo en común, que cohesiona íntimamente a las unidades, en la confianza y el respeto entre los hombres, y con una clara afición por la naturaleza, podían ser empleados en esta misión. No era un trabajo para tropas de guarnición, traídas ex profeso de la retaguardia alemana o de los países ocupados. Por eso Walther Model no dudó en privar a sus divisiones de infantería de las únicas unidades móviles de maniobra, que tenían en esos momentos.





The Mongol Army Attacks Hungary.

Subodai concentrated his army in 3 groups of march. Each one would enter Hungary by a different route, across the mountain passes and valleys of the Carpathians. This deployment was given to the Mongols more resistance to the enemy surprises. And gave them an initial unfolding for the maneuvers of their 3 mobile corps, facilitating them to face the enemy. The Hungarians, for their part, did not dare to attack any of them, for fear of an advance of the other corps on their rear or to occupy anyone of their cities. The central column, which was under the command of the prince Batu, crossed Ruske’s mountain pass on March 12 and continued his advance for the valley of the Tisza. His vanguard with combat capacity came to the Danube on the 15th and 2 days later the principal corps did it. The vanguard had realized a march of 290 km in 3 days, crossing an hostile area and still covered by high snow.

On April 3, Subodai formed his 3 columns in front to Pest, in the east bank of the Danube. In Pest the king Bela had assembled his army of 100 thousand men. At another side of the river, joined both cities by bridges, was Buda. Subodai knew they were overcome in number by the Hungarians. Having also detached a tumen in Transylvania the left column of march, to assure that the Christians were not receiving reinforcements from Romania, the Mongols were now 70 thousand. Also, it was very dangerous for them to force a crossing of the Danube at the sights of the Hungarian deployed army.

On the other hand, the more time Subodai was taking in his calculations, decisions and preparations, the more time was giving to other European leaders to decide and to come to support the king Bela. The Mongol general applied then at strategic scale one of his tactic stratagems: his army moved back towards the East. The Hungarian chiefs supposed that the Mongols were not daring to fight against their army. And, spurred by their stagnation before the not hindered advance of the Mongols 3 marching columns, asked to initiate his pursuit. The Hungarians did not notice that Subodai was attracting them out of the protection of the Danube and of the support between detachments and the army corps.

The king Bela, commanded the great majority of the army, directed the pursuit. The Mongol retreat was calculately slow. They took 6 days in reaching the Sajo river, at 160 km at the North-East of Buda and Pest. And, at the west of the river, near its mouth in the Tiszna and in the plain in front of Mohi, the principal city of the zone, Batu and Subodai decided to confront their «persecutors». On April 9, the Mongols crossed a broad gorge, advanced by a heath, crossed a stone bridge and continued 16 km up to the bushes placed at the west of the hills and vineyards of Tokay. In them, they had numerous places where to camouflage or to hide. In effect, when a Hungarian reconnoissance detachment followed them that evening and came up to Tokay’s west, it did not find absolutely nothing. The Hungarian army, who realized a frontal pursuit, encamped in the heath, arranging his cars, joined by chains and ropes, closing a circle, where installed his tents and mounts. At the right of the camp, were the marshes of the bank of the Tisza, at his front, the heath of the Sajo was spreading and forests and hills were covering his left side.

Resultado de imagen de BATTLE of buda and pest 1241 FIGHTING ON THE BRIDGE.

At dawn of Wednesday, the 10th of April, 1241, Batu and 40 thousand men threw towards the stone bridge by its east side. The Hungarians defended it with all energy, until they had to withdraw for the fire bombs of that the Mongols catapults threw them, on having been in a very narrow fighting sector. The Mongols went on to the west side, but during more than 2 hours, were terribly pressed by the Hungarians charges and only the shots of their archers briefly restored their defense line. Little by little, the Hungarian army deployed to liquidate the Mongol bridgehead. Suddenly, the general Subodai, who also had crossed to the west side by a circumstances bridge stretched downstream of the Sajo, while the Hungarians were distracting with the threat in the bridgehead, appeared with 30 thousand Mongols on the Hungarian rear. Struck and stunned, but with guts and experience not to fall down in the panic, the Hungarians moved back in good order to their camp. But the Mongols threw to it, surrounding almost totally the camp and covering it with incendiary bombs and arrows. Which were burning the load coaches and the tents and frightened away the beasts, spreading chaos between their enemies and undoing the autoconfidence of the Hungarians.

The Mongols prepared to throw a charge on the uncohesioned groups of the Hungarian army. But they continued without finishing to cover with any detachment, the siege to the camp by the access gorge to the heath. The Hungarian knights with enough moral courage yet formed a wedge, to resist the charge; it was the last firm resistance of the Hungarian army. But the majority of them moved back by the existing «gap» in the siege, fleeing in small groups towards what they were thinking that would be their salvation. And really falling down In a mortal trap, which was spreading over the whole route of their flight towards Pest.

The Mongol light cavalry, without risking anything, softened from a distant with his arrows the driven to despair deployment of the knights and, later, taking his opportunity, the heavy cavalry charged to squash them. Numerous Mongol light detachments went out in pursuit of the fled ones. A part them was pressing on their rear, to increase their commotion, their chaos and their fear. While, other detachments realized the overflowing pursuit, reaching them from the sides and spearing them or throwing their arrows to them with their small and most powerful compound arches, which shot from the mounts. Along 50 km, in the way of return to Pest, spread the remains of the Hungarians, their mounts and their equipments. More than 70 thousand Hungarians knights and auxiliary died in the battlefield, in the camp and in the escape towards the southwest. After the battle of the Sajo, the Hungarian resistance collapsed.

The Mongols immediately attacked Pest and burned it. But they did not dare to cross to the west side of the Danube in the exploitation of the success. In spite of the moral and numerical supremacies that they enjoyed in these moments. Batu and Subodai gave rest to their army and consolidated the positions at the east of the great river. And so more than half a year passed, where the principal related event was a slightly spirited declaration of Crusade against them from the Pope, of which it was obtained little in the practice. In December, 1241 the Danube froze in this great region.

Resultado de imagen de king bela IV of hungary  MONGOL’S LIGHT AND HEAVY CAVALRIES.

The Mongols made good use of their time to plunder Buda, realized a reconnaissance in force in Austria and sent a detachment to the South, towards Zagreb, in pursuit of the king Bela. And on the 25th they assaulted Gran, the Hungarian capital and See of his archbishop, taking with them everything of value and antiquity they could.

A marvellous End for Europe. Who, What for?

Central and Western Europe were mature for a Mongol invasion. The Europeans did not have an army capable of facing this threat, which already was throwing them the breath in his napes. The strategic plan explained by Subodai to the Khan and to his generals seemed to be faithfully fulfilled up to his last parts. But, this was already only an illusion, the impossible one. An «appearance», which Sun Tzu would say. On December 11, 1241 they had received in the headquarters of Batu and Subodai an escorted messenger from Karakorum, the Mongol capital in the Eastern Asia. He was bringing the news that Ogadai, the Great Khan, had died and that his widow was acting as regent, until a new Mongol emperor was elected and promoting to the throne. The Mongol present princes were anxious to make worth their rights for the succession and decided to return to their capital, taking with them the imperial tumens.

Batu knew that without these select troops, he could not keep Hungary in his power. But he thought that with the Turkoman recruits, who already were experienced and taken part in combats, he might keep most of his territories. This way, the Mongols evacuated Hungary, without being hindered, harassed or pusued by their enemies. Though behind they left the land that was theirs. This was a symbol of their idiosyncrasy and exploiter character up to the extinguishment, land bandit and absolute predator. And without the minor aptitude to create, to keep, to develop, to extend and bequeath his successors, a civilization that was deserving this name. And not only to leave them the accumulated results of his outrages, bails, taxes, plunders and booties and the military educations to obtain them.

Batu returned to his departure field base, in Sarai, near the Volga and at scanty 100 km north of Astrakhan. And there established a Mongol subsidiary empire, which was known as the Golden Horde. The Mongols would not have another equal opportunity to invade Europe. After this aberrant nightmare suffered by the Europeans, these invented all kind of stories and myths, in which they narrated how they had defeated the «Tartar» invaders (this way they in general knew the Mongols) and had forced them to return to their lands.

This unthinkable, sudden and happened, in the last possible moments resulted… marvellous, Was it a matter of Destinity and of Europa’s Karma and his privileged Civilization? ¿Or was it the result of a Divine Intervention by the intercession of the Holy Virgin Mary? Certainly, humanly was an excessive and incredible chance. But the faith can never give some «evidences», because it would stop of being and would turn into the verifiable reality. The Divine effective intervention, in favor of Europe and his civilization, which without the Christianity operating from his marrow, would never look alike to what it went and to what is. But It is probable, because That is never thundering or overwhelming. God did not visit Elias in the beams storm or in the hurricane-force wind, but using a tenuous and soft breeze. And, to the esoteric and sincretists, the explanation might be «a cosmic action of the astral and akasic forces, in favor of the Light, the Peace and the human Civilization, towards the top levels of the Universal Conscience «.

Also, there exists a «rational» and common explanation of what happened, but that cannot specify the moment to begin this opportune retreat. The Mongols and the central Asiatic associate tribes were creating an Euro-Asian empire in the first half of the 13th century. But their material capacities and their ideological and religious resources were not corresponding with such important aim. As already we saw, for the peoples of the occupied countries, they did not have anything satisfactory and lasting to offer them. The Mongols were kept in these foreign lands by the threat of the known terror. As it would happen with other tyrants, that tried to become «worldwides», their necessary collaborators were ethnic or ideologically similar. But the Mongol etnia and his related ones were demographically insignificant, to be able to monitor and defend alone such vast empire. All this, in the decades of the invasion of Eastern Europe, had tightened up to the point of break their military capacities. This way, more early that late, the Mongols had to realize that retrograde general march, to assure and consolidate their lands in the East of Eurasia. Moving away from the contact with dynamic, Ideological and expansive civilizations, as the European. With whom the relations of vicinity and the first exchanges of merchants, explorers and adventurers would been solved by the military clash.



After the death of Gengis Khan in 1227 his the second surviving son, Ogadai, succeeded him in the Mongol throne. The Mongol expansion eastward was limited by the Pacific Ocean and scarcely were staying free enclaves in China and Persia. But, towards the West, the great steppes of Russia were offering to the Mongols an enormous opportunity of conquests. Using these extensive areas, which were favorable to the advance and the maintenance of his rapid hippomoviles armies. These steppes had been awarded to the grandson of Gengis, Batu. The great Mongol general Subodai urged his conquest, to strategically protect the west flank of the Empire and as possible operational headquarters for the invasion of the green plains of Hungary. These natural plains might serve in its moment for the advance in north and west directions of the Mongols tumens («divisions»), towards the conquest of the core heart of the Christian Europe.

The Prolegomenons of Europe’s Invasion.

This «strategic panoramic» insight of Subodai filled with enthusiasm the court and the Mongolian chiefs. And, this way, Ogadai provided the general with around 50 thousand veteran men, under Batu’s nominal control, to conquer the steppes of the west Russia. In the winter of 1237, the Mongols crossed the frozen Volga and penetrated in Russia. The Mongol army was reaching 120 thousand light and heavy riders, with auxiliaries and luggages. Including their catapults for the heavy fire and the means of siege and to construct these. And it had increased with the recruitments of Turkoman realized in the advance route and authorized by Ogadai. The quality of this reinforcement for the Batu and Subodai’s army was deficient and variable, in comparison with the Imperial tumens.

During the following 3 years, the Mongols systematicly destroyed the feudal Russian kingdoms of the west. Using the frozen rivers as broad and long routes without obstacles to deeply penetrate in them and to positionally dislocate the enemy defenders forces. With the capture of Kiev in December, 1240, the rest of the Russian organized resistance disappeared. And the Mongols were reaching in force the Carpathians mounts, the natural obstacle that was protecting Hungary.

Resultado de imagen de BATTLE of buda and pest 1241

Though in this epoch, in the beginning of the Low Middle Ages, the European leaders did not know practically anything on the Mongols, both the general Subodai and the prince Batu were regularly informed about the difficult political European situation. In effect, in February, 122, Subodai and Jebe, at the command a corps army of 20 thousand Mongols initiated a reconnaissance in force of two years in the western Russian steppes, looking for advance routes for the Mongol armies towards Europe. There they recruited a permanent and well paid spies’ network in different nations. And they realized a secret alliance with Venice, for which, in exchange for relevant information about the geography and the always changeable politics of the European states, Venice would get a trade monopoly in the Mongol conquered territories.

In January, 1241, Subodai concentrated the army around Lvov and Przemysl, close to the river San, tributary of the Vístula. This «strategic departure base» was at the north of the Carpathians and at a distance of 300 km to the Hungarian Danube. To realize the invasion, the army only was possessing then 100 thousand men. The reason was that it had to keep occupation detachments in the Russian west and to protect its communications towards his base. The operational gravity center of these were the mountain passes of the Carpathians towards the south, towards Hungary.

That were defined by the Tisza and his tributaries network, which were forming the Carpathians valleys. But the advance of the Mongols towards Gran, the great capital at that time, at 40 km to the northwest of Buda and Pest, all on the Danube, would leave the invading army exposed to an operational counterattack of the Germans, Austrians, Bohemians or Poles. That might fall down on his right flank and eastward communications. Threatening them, this way, with serious losses or isolating them from their base, being able to surround some Mongol detachments.

The Mongol worry towards the enemy was generally strategic, thinking about their exposed flanks at the level of the occupied countries. This worry was originated in his always exiguous number of riders for the entrusted or looked aims. And also in the not tactical invincibility of his forces, if were meeting an organized, skilful enemy, who was using opportunely and effectively his heavy and light cavalries, and calm to resist their tricks and feints. The Europeans only were possessing the heavy cavalry. Where his nobles and chiefs fighted and around which, as main weapon, his infantry armed retinues and armies were articulated. This way, Gengis Khan, in 1221, after the conquest of the Moslem empire of Samarqand, placed approximately between the Sir Daria and the Amur Daria, systematicly plundered Afghanistan. And his son Tului killed most of the inhabitants of the north of Persia (Khorasan). With it they were protecting the south flank of the brand-new empire.

The Beginnings of the Invasion of 1241.

To defend this flank of the mentioned assaults, Subodai divided his army in 2 «very asymmetric army corps». The principal corps would carry out the invasion of Hungary and the auxiliary, small corps, would fulfill the double mission of clear the European threats to his advance on those Hungarian cities and his communications with the Carpathians. The auxiliary army, at the orders of the princes Baidar and Kadan and formed by 2 tumens, advanced first, in March, 1241 and, crossing the Vistula by Sandomir, surprised the Poles. But, to separate them from Hungary, «they» had «to allow» his mobilization and later concentration. This way, dividing his meager forces, Kadan advanced through Poland in northwest direction. Seeking to extend the alarm and the consternation for all his interior and «to threaten» the German States placed at the west of the Oder.

Resultado de imagen de Mongolians attack Pest

For his part, Baidar went in southwest direction, directly towards Cracow, the capital, burning and plundering everything what could at his passage, to attract on his detachment the enemy attention. And, suddenly, close to Cracow, the Mongols stopped and initiated in a short time their retreat, following the opposite direction to the previous advance. They were simulating this way to be a small incursion force, possibly explorer, already moving back to his base. The Polish cavalry forces, concentrated for the defense of Cracow, did not recognize the rapid retrograde enemy march as a tactical trick. And, filled of a warlike ardor that was inflaming their senses, they were thrown after what they thought that it was a great victory already in their hands. This way, they left their positions under the protection of the infantry and the walls of Cracow, to realize a frontal warm pursuit. Without before having really beaten their enemy and leaving in hands of the wind all the due precautions. On having seen them, the Mongols accelerated their march and even left their prisoners, with what the Poles saw insured the «reality» of his conjectures. But in Chmielnik, at 18 km from the capital, a very ungrateful surprise was waiting for them. The whole Mongol light cavalry, conceal for the distant sights and deployed forming a half moon with his checkered detachments, began to throw clouds of arrows with piercing punch arrowtips, that easily penetrated in the armors and protections of the Polish mounts and riders. The majority of these simply died. The inhabitants of Cracow, when the news came, terrified fled in mass, and the Mongols, reaching the Polish capital, set it on fire.

Baidar continued up to Breslau, the Silesia’s capital, where found that the population had lit fire to the city and sheltered in the citadel. There he knew that in Liegnitz, at 65 km to the west, Henry, the king of Silesia, had formed a very heterogeneous army of 25 thousand men to attack them. He also knew that the king Wenceslao of Bohemia was going with his army of 50 thousand men to meet Henry. Baidar decided to rapidly go to Liegnitz, to prevent the meeting of both enemy armies. In the way, Kadan and his mobile detachment, which already had completed his mission of general grieve the Poles and Eastern Germans, joined him. Both tumens reached Liegnitz on April 8, 1241. The 9th, the king Henry went immediately to facing them. He did not know that Wenceslao and his army were situated at only a day of march. In times of difficult and precarious communications, the ignorance, which is rash for its simplification, was replacing the lacks of information with own elaborations, based on the greed and the dread. His army deployed near the city in a plain.

Resultado de imagen de Mongolians attack Pest BATTLE OF LIEGNITZ

When the Mongol vanguard appeared in the horizon, Henry sent a small detachment to reject it. But a rain of arrows made it to move back to his rows. The king counter-attacked with all his cavalry. The Mongol vanguard, saw threatened, avoided the immediate contact and moved back. In what looked like to the knights an escape, after having kept the calm opposite to minor forces. The charge of the Silesian cavalry transformed in a career at full gallop, being disorganized and dispersed, looking for his prey. The Mongol archers were waiting for them in calmness, provided with their perforating cuirasses arrows. When the Silesian riders were inside their effective range, the Mongol archers covered them with arrows, knocking down many people and pulliing up sharply their clumsy assault. Already beaten the knights, the Mongol heavy cavalry charged against them and dissolved them. In turn, the light cavalry, screened by smoke bombs in his sector of advance, threw against the Silesian infantry, that were waiting at the end of the deployment. Behind, the Mongol heavy riders also charged, knocking down everything at their steps and killing the king Henry of Silesia.

When Wenceslao known about the disaster of the Silesians, stopped his march and moved back to protect Bohemia. Receiving for it reinforcements of the kingdoms of Saxony and Thuringia. The allied army formed in Klodzko, close to the gorges of the river Glatz, at 100 km to the south-east of Liegnitz. But, the Mongol reconnaissance detachments warned their princes of the dangers of those. In addition, the Mongol army corps had suffered enough losses in his raids and previous battles. In that moments, in less than one month of operations, 20 thousand Mongols had crossed around 650 km in enemy territory and gained 2 decisive battles. Poland was beaten and shocked and the Germans at the west of the Oder were moving back and preparing to defend their kingdoms.

The Bohemians, still intact, were at 400 km from the Hungarian defensive positions in the Danube. For what their army was operationally ineffective to achieve the decision in the Mongol attack to Hungary. To make sure of Wenceslao’s «intention», the Mongols realized a demonstration towards the west, inside Germany. Wenceslao pursued them. At a decided moment, the tumens deployed in small and slippery detachments. And, forming an almost invisible cloud for the enemy, they slipped for both sides of the Bohemian army and moved away from this.

In his retreat to meet Subodai, the Mongols crossed for Moravia, destroying his settlements, stores and fields. This way, they created a wide desert plateau, which would protect furthermore the right flank of the principal Mongol corps. On having left these lands unable to support for a time an army crossing it. In this secondary campaign Baidar and Kadan managed to eliminate any possibility that the Czechs, the Germans, the Poles and the Austrians were sending their troops in aid of the Hungarians. And they did it taking and keeping the initiative against a very numerous enemy, who was acting unco-ordinated. Whose principal weapon was the heavy cavalry, that acted only by the shock. And operating with a greater operational movement capacity, protected by the secrecy and the concealment, supported by a sufficient and constant information. And using in the combats decided by them the whole repertory of the tactics and technics of their cavalry, which were almost incomprehensible for the Europeans. And they could come in time of rejoining with Subodai’s corps at almost the end of the Hungarian campaign.