Nachgefragt: Panzertruppen I Wie funktioniert das Gefecht Verbundener Kräfte im Krieg? I BundeswehrSep 21, 2022
The best main battle tanks and armored personnel carriers Puma, which must always be seen as a system, because the rifle squad has the infantryman of the future, an enlarged system at the rear for the rifle squad with many additional resources and options, also in terms of leadership skills. There is no other place that has been developed. So I come from the three perspectives qualitatively technically there is nothing better than these two systems. And I would also say that even with these new modern developments that the Russians have, but have not yet been introduced on a large scale, there is a clearly recognized superiority.
The second is the quantitative vision. We know that the discussion is now also related to the tipping point: we need a full team! We do not have that, so we can say that the Bundeswehr alone does not have a sufficient system. The question now is whether quality could take precedence over such quantity. But we never fight alone. That does not exist in the entire history of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Bundeswehr. It has always been purely an alliance consideration. We only fight as part of NATO and if we also unite the systems and forces, all this modernity that also exists between the partners, we are also quantitatively at least equal to the Russian armed forces.
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And if I then say, in turn, that it is significantly better in terms of quality, at least the same in terms of quantity, if not slightly higher, then I have the advantages on our side. Now comes the third perspective: for me, that is the most important! It's always wonderful to have a team that's so good that they stand alone, but it's not the numbers, it's not the technology, it's the people who operate these systems and who lead this group of elements - platoon, company, battalion - and the training, ours. leadership culture as we have it, the leadership principle, always acting in the spirit or intent of higher leadership and therefore having freedom of action is what modern warfare always does most justice.
We've come a long way since any squad was controlled left and right from Commander's Hill. But if, as actually happens on the other side, I only manage one fire plan at a time, with the air force, with helicopter gunships, with artillery, and then they roll along predetermined paths like on rails and I run into the unforeseen , I have zero flexibility and now everyone is looking symbolically at the top of the hierarchy what am I going to do next and that is completely different with us, we assume and experience has shown this from other wars of our exercises, after crossing the line of action an attack after the first few shots have been fired, the plan can usually no longer be carried out.
I have to be able to act, I have to be flexible, I have to adapt to the immediate environmental conditions, the terrain, the weather may change, the forces that are really there because the forces may have lost their way or already have. done. failed due to artillery strike... that means I have to completely reorganize or because I realized there is a gap there which the enemy is already dodging and I saw that he hasn't closed the barrier yet so I bet accordingly and if now I have a rigid plan, I lose and we start, whether it is the school of tank troops, the school of infantry, the school of pioneers, whether it is the school of army officers, the school of non-commissioned officers in Delitzsch or even in the other areas of TSK-Org.
From the first level of management, we teach that everyone has this freedom of action and understands it, always in the sense of senior management, it has its railings left and right and can move freely within them and many do not do that. They cannot do that because it is not part of their management culture and that makes us think about it from this third perspective, from my firm conviction, let's talk about future conflicts or wars. What role do you think the armored troops will play then? I am firmly convinced that with all the visions you have about changing warfare, you will never manage without this or a similar type of ground troops.
In the last few decades, we had a phase where you suddenly believed that surgical bombs, that is, very precise bombing, in the end being able to decide wars in the air with combat drones with combat aircraft that can work like this in scenarios very specific. In the end, though, nothing happens there, no matter how many bombs I drop, at some point the sky clears up and then people come out again and they've occupied the room and there's no one else. I always need ground systems, ground forces. , combat troops actually doing this again in a large group with reconnaissance ahead with far-reaching means of action, with corresponding support forces at the end, but then there's the American combat force, saying "boots on the ground" and has to take possession of the space, I have to control it like this and if I then If I say that I go there as a soldier's campaign dress, that is stupid.
If I can be knocked down, I probably won't make it. So I need something where I can be protected as best as possible, highly mobile with great firepower, to maybe push opponents because he says I won't engage him or if he wants to hold space I fight him and then me. I'm protected at most - I need combat troops for that and because of the difference in space, light infantry, mechanized infantry, tank infantry, tanks, but especially with all the support forces around, we'll always have to be able to anticipate if some remote controlled autonomous systems will eventually prevail, but that's the future for that.
Is it wrong now not to think about modern scenarios, but is it also wrong to say that this kind of warfare no longer exists? Thank you for the interview and thank you for being there, Mr. General. Madam Captain, thank you very much. And with this conclusion we have come to the end of today's episode Nachgefrage with Brigadier General Björn Schulz. He is the commander of the Panzer Troop Schools in Munster and if you wish, dear viewers, tune in again next week.
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