Ivan the Colorado wrote:
Anyone here can confirm that the Ukrainian Bulats are actually being kept from the front lines to be used as force cohesive propaganda?
I have heard rumors.
1st Seperate Tank Brigade are the main tank assault unit of UA but they got badly hammered at Novosvetlovka last summer and ultimately failed at Donetsk airport. If we see them again it will probably be in a major ukrops assault either to the east or west of Gorlovka or on the Volnovakha front, or more likely as burnt wrecks on a battlefield somewhere between Krasnoarmeisk and Artemovsk in a few months time.
I'm assuming that the VSU is doing the same thing with their T-84s then?
To my knowledge ukrops only have one company of Oplot. I'm sure they would like to have cancelled the order of 40 or so to Thailand and taken them, but Thailand is not Congo so the order went thro. Whether ukrops will use their Oplot I couldn't say, but as the best tank in Ukraine used by either side perhaps they could used them as a spearhead in critial operation, like protecting Poroshenko as he flees to airport when the end comes.....
The T-80 ukrops have said they will return to service are to be used in company groups attached to VDV battalions, probably an error as mass use of 1st Tank Brigade Bulat's was initially very succesfull to break into Donetsk airport and then later to Lugansk airport and then the breakout operation to attempt to cut the M04 at Novosvetlovka.
General point. I'm aware that days of tank armies charging into battle unsupported by infantry and artillery like at Prokhorovka are long past, but in this strange war with no airforces there is scope for bold hard tank attacks as in the old days, tho still needs support to hold the taken ground of course.