Friday, November 12, 2004

Diversions, diversions 
A London newspaper is reporting that the insurgents' demonstrational attacks have succeeded in siphoning off US forces from Fallujah.

An entire light armoured brigade has been sent to bolster US forces in Mosul, Iraq's third largest city, after insurgents stormed police stations and looted weapons, ammunition and body armour.

Well, the US may have reinforced Mosul from somewhere. But I doubt it was from Fallujah. What light armored brigade could they have sent? The Marine Corps doesn't have armored brigades, and the only US Army battalions in action in Fallujah are the 2-2 INF and the 2-7 CAV.

The Fallujah attack wasn't much bigger than a Brigade (+) sized operation, anyway, to begin with, with a total of six battalions, plus support troops. For the US to pull an entire brigade out of Fallujah would be to gut the attack at the decisive point.

I doubt it.

(The graphic doesn't include units responsible for the cordoning of the town, unfortunately.)

This element reinforcing Mosul doubtless came from elsewhere in Iraq. And I doubt it was an entire brigade. Have these people ever seen a brigade on the move?

It's a huge logistical undertaking, an order of magnitude bigger than a battalion. Especially in the mechanized world.

So, you can't believe everything you read in the paper.

But you knew that already.

Splash, out


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