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Author:  Straya [ Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Main Defensive Position Battles

Hi all

This is a random question, but does anyone have any good examples (or any examples at all haha) of any Main Defensive Battles of note? If they're Australian all the better?

I'm specifically referring to the type of battle that would give nay-sayers a reason as to why Infantry dig in out bush (not a defence of a Fire Support Base, but a battle that occurred after a platoon or company patrolled to a feature, dug in to Stage 3 etc) .

I'm aware of the Battle of Kapyong, but are there other modern examples (Australian or otherwise) of when a force dug in and had a big victory?

Cheers

Author:  digrar [ Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:32 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Main Defensive Position Battles

Why doesn't a FSB defence like Coral or Balmoral fit your requirements?

Author:  Jos-hua [ Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:42 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Main Defensive Position Battles

Straya wrote:
I'm specifically referring to the type of battle that would give nay-sayers a reason as to why Infantry dig in out bush
To dig or not to dig....really depends on the threat. I've seen nay-sayers undergo an immediate change of heart after experiencing their first incoming RPG....

Author:  Straya [ Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:47 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Main Defensive Position Battles

digrar wrote:
Why doesn't a FSB defence like Coral or Balmoral fit your requirements?



Just because they are fairly well known, like the battle of Kapyong.

I was more chasing examples that aren't overly common knowledge, but still illustrate why defensive positions are used.

Author:  digrar [ Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:51 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Main Defensive Position Battles

Look at The Hook. Also look at Vietnam from the VCs side, a lot of our big engagements were against dug in VC, and they were quite difficult to remove.
I think that's why the old guys that trained us in the 90s were so keen on digging in. They knew it worked from both sides.

Author:  Vinaka [ Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:35 am ]
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The Seige of Jadotville.

Op Anaconda... (Al Qaeda dug in).

Author:  Straya [ Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:28 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Main Defensive Position Battles

Thanks for the reply lads.

There's some good quality examples there.

Author:  Ish [ Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:43 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Main Defensive Position Battles

The siege of raspberry creek.

Author:  digrar [ Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:50 am ]
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No one wants that tired picked over piece of ground.

Author:  Volgograd [ Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Main Defensive Position Battles

Definitely dates back a bit further back, but the Siege of Tobruk was the first time in WW2 that German Panzers were stopped; notably by the Australian 9th Division.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Tobruk

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