Why Russian Commandos Speed Around in Jeeps, Armed With Mines

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A Russian Army member rides in a historical tank, during a rehearsal for a military parade to mark the anniversary of a historical parade in 1941, when Soviet soldiers marched towards the front lines at the Red Square in Moscow, Russia November 5, 2017. R

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Small teams train to operate behind the lines.

Why Russian Commandos Speed Around in Jeeps, Armed With Mines

The Russian military prizes disruption and deception to overcome foes which may be technologically more advanced — a practice dating back to before World War II. Today, the Russian army is increasing training in the old-fashioned art of planting mines behind enemy lines.

One Russian formation in particular is a specialized mine-laying company attached to the 1st Guards Engineer-Sapper Brigade, which traces its history back to World War II, and which served in both Chechen wars. The brigade is based in Murom, 160 miles east of Moscow. The specialized company — comprised of several dozen soldiers — are divided into vehicle teams equipped with GAZ Tigr armored jeeps.

(This article by Robert Beckhusen originally appeared at War is Boring in 2018.)

The Russian army adopted the eight-ton, 4×4 Tigr in 2006, and uses it in a similar role to the American Humvee as an off-road reconnaissance, transport and special operations vehicle. The company’s job, in the event of a conflict, is to race into enemy territory with jeep-loads full of mines.

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