RayC wrote:This thread has turned 'Cold'. Someone can kick'start' it.
My apologies. I've been too busy with home after being a week away. Dogs were hyper. Horses forgot who I was and wouldn't come in to be groomed (ever tried to get a Belgian into a barn). Number One Daughter decided to celebrate with daddy by drowning me in apple juice. Mistress of the House had a thousand things for Man who Brags too much to fix (never exhault your engineer status, gentlemen, she'll never let you forget it).
Sir, also, please check your email.
Guru wrote:If 100 guns fire how much will be the area that they cover? One of my army friends told me that it covers 150 by 150 (the standard guns) and more when big guns like Bofor fires.
I would like to add more information to your question if you do not mine. It's not so much an area but the targets they could hit. 150x150 covers alot of empty ground and really, a waste of ammo even if you are doing recee by fire.
What 100 guns would give you is simultaneous on multiple targets. If you could all the CPs and HQs at once, it would more than disorient the enemy. It would have destroyed his ability to react, even with his reserves.
What is most certainly a given is the increased need for recee and battle management assets. I'm not sure how the InA would approach this but there is most certainly a need to pass between back and forth between bde and bn recee and CP.
Guru wrote:Could you explain this a little more for a layman like me?
Actually, the graph is too simplistic and does not give the whole picture. What the graph was trying to portray is the history of how much area a bde can control during operations. At the earliest point, a bde is limited by lethality and communication range. A bde cmdr must be able to issue orders and expect them to be carried out by bn and coy cmdrs within a timely manner. This usually means foot/horse messengers.
As time progresses and technology is further introduced into the battlefield, lethality and communications range also increases. However, so is the size of a bde. A bde in the early days is about a 1000 men. Today, it's 3-8 thousand. However, this must be taken into consideration that alot of these increases were in the cbt spt and cbt svc units and not just the cbt arms.
These increases further increase the area a bde can control during operations.
We should be extremely careful not to take these things as written in stone. British, American, and Canadian military histories had had coy size outposts controlling thousands of kms (mostly in the Wild West or in Africa). This is because the population density and the size of force the local hostile force could muster would be hard pressed to reach over 300 warriors (Little Big Horn being a big exception).
Thus, there may be cases where a coy could do what a div could not or would not.