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 Post subject: Main Defensive Position Battles
PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:03 pm 
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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?

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 Post subject: Re: Main Defensive Position Battles
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:32 pm 
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Why doesn't a FSB defence like Coral or Balmoral fit your requirements?


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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....


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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.


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 Post subject: Re: Main Defensive Position Battles
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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.


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The Seige of Jadotville.

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


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 Post subject: Re: Main Defensive Position Battles
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Thanks for the reply lads.

There's some good quality examples there.


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The siege of raspberry creek.


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No one wants that tired picked over piece of ground.


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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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