COMBAT INSTRUCTIONS FROM ARMY TO DIVISION
Once the army commander has made his decision and the army operations plan
and operations directive have been written, the army will issue extracts of the
operations directive to each division in the form of "Combat
Instructions." The format of the instructions contains the following
II. Specific missions to the division
III. Army means and missions of adjecents
IV. Troop control measures
A sample of the combat instructions follows.
I approve ___/___/Guards Army
Major General --
of the commander of the Eighth Guards Army for offensive operation to the
commander of the 16th MRD:
Command post Wickerstedt, at ---, on --- Map 1:250,000 Aug 1983 ed:
As a result of the deterioration of the international situation the NATO has
secretly brought its armed forces to the state of full combat readiness and
wants to launch a surprise attack on the territories of the Warsaw Pact.
Confronting the troops of the Eighth Guards Army, t he forces of the U. S. V
Corps are deployed with the Third Armored Division and the Eighth Mechanized
Division in the first echelon composed of a total of up to --- nuclear missile
systems, --- nuclear artillery pieces, --- tanks,--- guns and mortars, --- SAM
systems, and --- fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.
In the second echelon of the V Corps, the ___ division and most likely tank
troops of the FRG will operate with a total of --- nuclear missile systems, ---
nuclear artillery piece tan guns and mortars, --- SAM systems, --- fixed wing
aircraft and helicopters.
In front of the forward defense belt, the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and the
enemy's border troops are deployed in the security zone.
The combat action of the enemy during the operation will be supported by ---
combat aircraft from the U.S. and FRG national air forces and aviation troops
of the 4th ATAF, organic to the Central Army Group, which has nuclear
capability. During the conduct of the operation the enemy can launch a total of
( ) strikes of nuclear rockets, rounds, and bombs in the area of the Eighth
On the flanks of the Vth Corps, the III German Corps in the north and the VII
U. S. Corps in the south will operate. Their actions can affect the Eighth
Guards Army actions during the conduct of the operation.
During the operation, movement of the U. S. and French strategic reserves and
newly mobilized German reserves to the area of the Eighth Guards Army is
likely. The enemy tries to inflict maximum losses on the Warsaw Pact countries
by launching a surprise decisive offensive operation and seize vital
territories. If the Warsaw Pact countries overtake the NATO in offensive
operations, it is likely that the troops of the Vth U. S. Corps will hold
pre-prepared defensive lines at the line of Bad Hersfeld, Niederaule, Schlitz,
Fulda, Gersfeld, Bad Neustadt, to inflict heavy losses on the army by defensive
In this case the enemy's counter strikes by his second echelon troops are
likely to be launched from the line: Birstein - Gedern in the direction of
Grehenhain, Lauterbach, Bad Hersfeld, and from the line: Neustadt, Homberg in
the direction of Kirtarf, Alsfeld, Niederaula.
II. The 16th MRD with --- Arty Brigade of the VGK artillery div, -- Anti-tank
Bn, ---Combat Engineer Bn, -- Assault Crossing Co, and ___ Bn of the Road and
Bridge Regiment is to attack the enemy at the line of Ludwigsau, Eichhof and to
develop the attack in the direction Bad Hersfeld, - Rockerod and destroy the
enemy in the area Ludwigsau, Gittersed, Rockerod, Eichhof and at --- seize the
line of its immediate mission at Unlergeis, Go Bmanerode and south of Kircheim.
Subsequently the division is to continue the attack in the direction of Go
Bmanerode - Ottrau and destroy the enemy's brigade reserves in the area:
Wigshain, Schorbach, Ottrau, and Kemmerod and at --- hrs seize the line of its
subsequent mission at Schorbach, Ottrau, and north of Lingitbach.
Then the division is to continue the attack in the direction of Ottrau,
Alsfeld, Hill 384, destroy the enemy forces in the area ---, ---, ---, --- and
at the end of the day seize the line of west of Anlrifttal, Heimertshausen and
the stretch of route 49 to the south. The direction of attack of the division
for the next day is Heimertshausen and Hill 322.
The division is to detach one reinforced BMP motorized rifle battalion as a
forward detachment to destroy, from the line of march, the enemy's border and
covering troops in the security zone and to facilitate quick advance of the
division to the line of the enemy's forward defense area.
For the division's attack 15 nuclear rockets, 5 chemical rockets and 15
conventional rocket warheads are allocated. The chemical and nuclear weapons
will be used in accordance with the order and instructions via signal for the
initial nuclear strike by the front.
(In case of the conduct of the attack with the use of nuclear weapons the
targets of divisional rocket troops are specified as shown below.) During the
initial nuclear strike of the front the following targets are to be
destroyed by the division's rocket battalion:
----- - target No 314, enemy's first echelon bn, in area ---, --by a 3 kt
warhead air burst at H- 00:20 or at the signal;
----- - target No 315, enemy's first echelon bn, in area --- , --by a 3 kt
warhead, air burst, at H - 00:20 or at the signal;
----- - target No. 316, enemy artillery bn, in area ---, --- by a 3 kt warhead,
air burst, at H - 00:20 or at the signal;
----- - target No. 317, enemy brigade second echelon bn, in the area ---, ---
by a 3 kt warhead, air burst, at H - 00:20 or at the signal;
----- - target No. 318, enemy brigade second echelon tank bn, in the area ---,
--- by a 10 kt warhead, air burst, at H + 00:20 or at the signal:
----- - target No. 319, enemy's division CP, in the area--- by a 10 kt warhead,
ground burst, at H + 00:20.
----- - target No. 320 enemy's brigade CP in the area ---by a 10 kt warhead,
ground burst, at H + 00:20 - target No. 321, enemy's rear service, in area ---
by a 10 kt warhead, air burst, at H + 00:20.
The division is to conduct breakthrough of the enemy forward defense area in
the area ___ on a 4 km front and destroy or suppress during the preparatory
fire the enemy's strong points on the forward line and in the depth, command
posts, artillery and mortar batteries, and enemy's immediate reserves.
The division CP during the breakthrough of the enemy's defense is to be
established at 3 km west of road junction of Fredewald and the division's rear
Cp in the area--.
The time of readiness of the division troops for the attack is 2400 on __.
III. The army means and adjacent missions:
a. The following targets are destroyed in the division's sector by army means:
----- - enemy's Corps CP at --
----- - nuclear depot at --
----- - nuclear rocket system at --
------ During the artillery preparatory fires, the following targets in the
division's sector are destroyed : targets ---, ---, ---, ---.
The air force destroys and suppresses during the preparatory fire the enemy's
nuclear weapons at ---, enemy CP at ---, enemy SAM systems in ---, enemy radar
posts at ---.
b. On the right the 11th MRD of the First Guards Army attacks with an immediate
mission to seize the line of the road junction west of Schellbach, Wattenstein,
Rabolds, and a subsequent mission to seize the line of Frielendorf, 3 km west
of Seigertshausen, and Neukirchen. The daily mission of the division is to
seize the line of Momberg, Neustadt, Arnsha. The boundary with the division
passes through: Eisenach, Hill 754, and Dannenrod.
On the left, the 18th MRD attacks with an immediate mission to seize the line
of road junction 3 km northwest of Hattenbach, Breilenburg, 2 km east of
Hatterode. The division's subsequent mission is to seize the line of Lingetach,
and airfield at Lauterbach, and its daily mission is to seize the line of 2 km
west of Neider, east of Windhausen, and Meiches. The boundary with the division
passes through : Mohara, Hill 366, road junction south east of Bad Hersfeld,
Kleba, Lingellach, Neider.
IV. Troop control- The Army's FCP is at Walreslenben
------ army's CP is at Wickastedt
------ army's rear CP is at Tumpling
The direction of relocation of the FCP, CP, and rear CP during the operation is
the direction of Waldfisch, Schenklengsfeld, Gruynbverg, Weilmunster, Ober
The signal communication from army's CP's to the front' commander and
staff and with the subordinate, adjacent and interacting troops is to be
established by radio, radio-relay, telephone and mobile communications means
with strict observation of the rules of secrecy of the troop control.
My deputies are in order of succession: The chief of staff, first deputy army
commander, chief of the political affairs dept, and commander of the 16th MRD.
Chief of operations directorate
Chief of Staff x