By Anthony Tucker-Jones
After the second one international struggle, army analysts inspiration that the single position major armored forces have been ever more likely to confront one another back used to be in valuable Europe the place the Nato alliance could fend off the Soviet pink military. Then through the Korean struggle of 1950-53 each side deployed huge numbers of armored struggling with automobiles, and this ignored point of the clash is the topic of Anthony Tucker-Jones's photographic background. Korea, with its rugged mountains, slender passes, steep valleys and waterlogged fields used to be no longer perfect tank kingdom so the armor more often than not supported the infantry and infrequently engaged in battles of maneuver. but the wide range of armor helping UN and North Korean forces performed an essential if unorthodox position within the rapidly relocating campaigns. For this interesting publication over one hundred eighty modern photos were chosen to teach Soviet-built T-34/85s and Su-76s, American M4 Shermans, M26 Pershings and M46 Pattons, and British Cromwells and Centurions in motion in a single of the defining conflicts of the chilly War.
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From Kabul other routes led forward to the limbs of the Soviet forces. Highway 1 led south to Ghazni, and then to Kandahar 500 kilometres away to the SW. Route 157 went due south to the garrison at Gardez 120 kilometres away, and the eastern arm of Highway l led to Jalalabad, and thence to Peshawar via the Khyber Pass. Each of these roads was important. If they were cut it was painful, and possibly incapacitating for a while, but it was not fatal. In the west the secondary base around Kushka fed the forces at Herat and Shindand.
Each Commander had his own base, usually in the remoter mountain valleys, within or near small village communities, from which he received reinforcements, food, shelter and sometimes money. As each of the 325 districts had at least one local base, the total in the whole jumbled network could have been up to 4000. But bases, vital though they were, are static, and the Mujahideen were reluctant to move away to operate against a more important target. For months at a time the Mujahideen in remote areas were not involved in any fighting, then perhaps came a sudden flare-up of violence.
As was explained to me, the Soviet fixed-wing aircraft were being used to attack villages which might be serving as Mujahideen bases. Close air support, that is attacking guerrillas in contact with communist ground troops, was limited. This task was invariably given to helicopter gunships rather than fighter-bombers. Heavy use of bombing in localized areas was a common way of exacting reprisals after a successful guerrilla ambush. Indiscriminate bombing was causing great destruction of villages and inflicting hundreds of civilian casualties.
Armoured Warfare in the Korean War: Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives by Anthony Tucker-Jones