Memoirs of a Soviet general: Methodical shelling of artillery is worse than direct combat with the enemy

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Memoirs of a Soviet general: Methodical shelling of artillery is worse than direct combat with the enemy

A lot has been said and written about the effectiveness of artillery in the theater of operations. Today, during the NMD in Ukraine, reports are regularly published about the "unwinding" of the enemy by the precise work of our artillerymen.

At the same time, if you have never come under shelling, it is difficult to even imagine what a person feels at this moment.



So, in his memoirs, the Soviet General P.P. Vershigora, who was an active participant in the partisan movement in Ukraine during the Great Patriotic War and led the First Ukrainian Partisan Division, wrote that methodical artillery shelling is more terrible than direct combat with the enemy.

As an example, he cited one of the operations at the beginning of the war, during which he, with his 30 fighters, had to get close to the height occupied by the enemy and knock out the enemy from it.

As the general writes, his detachment began to move when it got dark. The first goal was to gain a foothold in the forest belt, located in close proximity to the aforementioned height.

The forced march was successful, however, as Vershigor recalls, already moving along the landing itself, his detachment attracted the attention of German soldiers, who immediately opened artillery fire on the forest belt.

The Soviet general in his memoirs emphasizes that shelling is much more terrible than a direct collision with the enemy. In the course of the last, the soldier at least sees where the threat comes from.

At the same time, according to Vershigor, shelling seems especially terrible at night.

At night it seems that every projectile is designed for you and it flies exactly at you.

- writes the military.

In turn, the general emphasizes that artillery is an extremely effective tool not only during the offensive, but also to cover the retreat. So, Vershigor described one of the cases when Soviet artillerymen covered the retreat of one of the units of the Red Army.

According to the military, the shells exploded about two hundred meters from the retreating unit, blocking the path to the offensive for the superior units of the Wehrmacht.

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  1. 0
    November 7, 2022
    Memoirs of a Soviet general: Methodical shelling of artillery is worse than direct combat with the enemy
    . Everything is relative...
    1. +1
      November 8, 2022
      A neighbor, the commander of a reconnaissance company, was transferred to Kabul after being wounded. So he separately spoke about systematic night shelling. Were exhausted.
      1. 0
        November 8, 2022
        Who argues with those who know, experienced in their own skin?
        There is no substitute for personal experience...
        I have my personal experience, but there is another ...
    2. 0
      November 9, 2022
      we no longer have practically such specialists to be able to put up a fire screen 200 meters behind our subunits from closed positions. hi
      1. 0
        November 9, 2022
        Time passes, the technique and methods of warfare are changing.
        There are no specialists, because the methods and tactics have changed.
        1. 0
          November 9, 2022
          You and I are somehow talking about different things ... What should be http://www.compancommand.com/literatura/Ognevaja/KPA_93.pdf

          and what we actually have within the framework of the NWO ..
          1. 0
            November 9, 2022
            What is the essence of the question?
            Have we forgotten how to accurately shoot at given coordinates?
            Have our guns become less accurate?
            Do we not have enough guns at all to carry out fire cover for our troops?
            Do the fighters / commanders have no means of communication to give artillery coordinates there?
            What else is wrong???
            What, before the grass was greener, juicier, but now everything is withered?
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  3. +3
    November 7, 2022
    The author made a mistake, the name of General Vershigor.
  4. +2
    November 7, 2022
    Soviet General P.P. Vershigor
    So, Vershigor described
    as Vershigor recalls
    There was no such general. There was Vershigora, you need to know.
    1. +1
      November 7, 2022
      Quote: Mavrikiy
      Soviet General P.P. Vershigor
      So, Vershigor described
      as Vershigor recalls
      There was no such general. There was Vershigora, you need to know.

      this is true, but the essence does not change, I already said, they minus fiercely, but "grinding" is a mutually fierce tin. Both meaning, and will, and desire disappear. Courage is on the offensive, then the spirit is high.
  5. +2
    November 7, 2022
    P.P. Vershigora taught at the Academy of the General Staff in 1947-1954. From August 1942 he was deputy commander for intelligence of the partisan unit S. A. Kovpak, from December 1943 he was the commander of the unit, which was renamed the First Ukrainian Partisan Division. twice Hero of the Soviet Union S. A. Kovpak. The division under his command made in 1944 a raid into Poland and the Neman raid.
  6. +2
    November 7, 2022
    So far, I have met only one author who most fully and colorfully depicted the role of artillery in the war - Pyotr Mikhin: "Artillerymen, Stalin gave the order!" !
    1. +1
      November 7, 2022
      Mistake.
      "Three years 291 days"
      Khanzadyan Sero Nikolaevich
      Notes of the commander - mortar.
      A poignant book, or rather a diary.
      Perhaps that is why in the general press
      rarely seen.
      I know it by heart, re-read it twenty times.
      There are many things not for censorship, but probably everything.
  7. +2
    November 7, 2022
    Any Soviet offensive, if it was not possible to suppress the German artillery, choked under its hurricane fire.
    In September-October 1942, it was the German artillery fire that hid all attempts to advance from the north into the flank of the Paulus army near Stalingrad. The lack of artillery of the RVGK and aviation did not allow this artillery to be silenced.
    Another question is that these offensives forced the Germans to keep 7 infantry divisions of the 8th and 11th army corps and almost a dozen artillery divisions of the RGK in front to the north. And these divisions would not be superfluous for the Germans in the city itself.
    Yes, and in other sectors of the front, if the German artillery remained not suppressed, then it swept away everything that moved in front of the positions of its infantry.
    But in those areas of the offensive where the German artillery was suppressed, it was possible to break the enemy defenses.
    Therefore, getting under German artillery fire was a very shitty thing.
    1. +2
      November 7, 2022
      But Otto Carius, in his book "Tigers in the Mud", indicated that the fire shaft that the "Ivans" arranged on the eastern front before the offensive was superior to any artillery preparation, both their own German, and the American one he later saw on the western front
      1. +1
        November 9, 2022
        But Otto Carius, in his book "Tigers in the Mud", indicated that the fire shaft that the "Ivans" arranged on the eastern front before the offensive was superior to any artillery preparation, both their own German, and the American one he later saw on the western front

        Risk. It is easy to get hit by your own projectile due to the dispersion of artillery fire.
        1. 0
          November 10, 2022
          Well, yes, definitely. They transferred the fire, of course, deep into the enemy’s lines, after going on the offensive, in order to minimize such a risk
  8. 0
    November 8, 2022
    Learn how to write the surname of a partisan correctly, a scribbler.

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