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Iraq War 2: U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division (M) Takes Baghdad by Sherman-Style Blitzkrieg, 6/10

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Uploaded on Jan 28, 2009

The 3rd ID (M) commander, MG Buford Blount acting upon the suggestion of his 2nd BDE commander, Colonel Perkins, wisely decides to not clear Baghdad by slow, plodding dismounted infantry clearing buildings one or two at a time--instead using "thunder runs" to slice off segments of the city by tracked, armored, maneuver to seize control of key, governmental centers-of-gravity (COGs).

http://www.combatreform.org/thunderru...

Baghdad International Airport was taken by the U.S. Army on April 3, 2003. Then the Thunder Runs begin to take the center of the city and to oust Saddam Huseein's government.

A lucky RPG round sets fire to a M1 Abrams heavy tank engine but the column cannot put the fire out; FIREFIGHTING M113 GAVINS should be organic to every Army Brigade Combat Team:

http://www.combatreform.com/ARMORHIST...

Meanwhile, the marines are hundreds of miles away still bogged down because their weak truck-mounted unit structures cannot shrug off enemy fires and keep moving.

Here's an U.S. Army Command & General Staff College School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) report by Infantry officer, Major William Sutey on the need for cross-country MOBILITY (XCM) from M113 Gavin light tracked tanks to improve LIGHT INFANTRY FORCE mobility, protection and firepower. READ IT.

http://www.combatreform.org/M113GAVIN...

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