Fighter reconnaissance special forces in combat patrol. 45-th separate Guards of the Order of Kutuzov, the Order of Alexander Nevsky special regiment. Cuba, July 2011
The special forces battle group secretly moved “shallows” in the forest, bristling in all directions with their trunks, covering each other, constantly monitoring, listening and even sniffing. It was the third day of the training session, the scouts were preparing for impending competitions. The backbone of the group is contract soldiers with a fair amount of combat experience, with them a pair of young conscript soldiers.
According to the instructor who controlled all the actions of the group, it takes at least three years to prepare a full-fledged special forces soldier, so that the conscripts in the group cannot strengthen it. But, in the opinion of one of the squad commanders, these days young soldiers showed themselves well and did not in any way become a liability.
In addition to the commander, his deputy and the commanders of the fighting departments, the group includes a medical instructor, snipers, demolition men and signalmen. Each has its own main specialization, but on occasion, the fighters can replace each other.
Weapon the special forces have a rather diverse variety: SDSS sniper rifles, silent Vintorezi (the rifle, in my opinion, amazing, had to be shot out of it — pure delight!) 7.62 (74 caliber), Pecheneg light machine guns.
The sergeant with AKM explained: with the possibility of choosing a machine, I would prefer AK-74. The caliber is smaller, but a bullet when hit in the body of the enemy can inflict wounds stronger than the sewing 7.62 AKM bullet. Fighters must be trained in possession of cold arms, the knife, of course, is included in the usual equipment. During the raid of knives and pistols, I did not see the group, but of course they have, in particular, pistols with silencers are used.
The lesson plan that day included covert movement through the forest, constant reconnaissance by patrols, camouflage, imitation of rescuing a wounded soldier with first aid, seizing a car, a prisoner and documents, and finally, overcoming water obstacles.
The equipment of the scouts, including clothing, to the delight of the highest-class Internet experts, is very different. There are two explanations for this fact: for a three-day training session, they dress up in a “substitution”, which it is not a pity to tear and tear mercilessly. And the second reason is monetary. Most of the equipment bought by fighters for their money. If you want to fight with comfort - create it yourself.
The 45 regiment is a special-purpose, special-purpose regiment, sharpened by reconnaissance and sabotage operations and piece liquidations, so there is no need to unify the fighters working in the real combat zone. Supply in the regiment, of course, is there, but it is produced according to the norms of the Airborne Forces, apparently insufficient for the needs of the special forces of the Airborne Forces. Why this happens is not a question for me. But the situation, as far as I understood from communication with special forces from various structures, is ordinary. The reality around just such.
Drew attention to the shoes - it is substandard, good-quality and obviously not cheap. Additionally, I asked one of the scouts a provocative question: socks or footcloths? The answer was this - someone like that. There are no restrictions. Footcloths are worn, do not see anything wrong with that. The usual weight of equipment in a combat raid can reach 40-50 kilogram, this time so many scouts did not carry on themselves. They say - about 20-25 kilogram was.
On leaving the forest, the group neatly crossed the road, imitated a not very successful short-range clash - one of the sergeants was wounded. The group began to work with the wounded. Pretty heavy bullet wounds were imitated - in the leg and in the eye. And, to the heap, began abundant blood loss. Wounded, according to the conditions of the problem, at first was conscious and could speak, but gradually the group “lost” him.
Having tied the wounded limb with a cord and bandaged its head, they began to train an intravenous injection. They pricked for real, in the syringe there was glucose from the ampoule, and in battle it would be adrenaline or pacemakers. Generally speaking, there was a lot of things in the first-aid kit of the medical instructor, it’s a pity I’m not a doctor, I couldn’t appreciate its content.
Before the capture of the prisoner, the group was distributed on both sides of the road. As soon as the army truck arrived at the agreed puddle, pre-prepared condoms with water-based paint inside flew into the glass. The car stopped, the prisoners were dragged out of the cabin and taken to the forest. Seconds, probably, 20-30 - and everything was quiet.
In reality, no condoms, of course, no. Several bullets from a silent weapon fly into the driver, after which the capture of prisoners or documents is exactly the same. The driver, as explained by one of the fighters, as a rule, is of no value, but his skill can disrupt the action. Because they do not spare him. It was possible to clarify the following point: a special-forces member does not recall such a situation as in a movie when a prisoner is proudly silent. If necessary, methods are used to the prisoner that crush his will and psyche rather quickly.
After an emergency “gutting” and promptly obtaining the necessary information, the fate of the prisoner can be varied. If the command is needed alive, it will be specially restricted in movement, deprived of the possibility to give a signal with a voice, but it will retain the ability to move independently. Or do not save. If necessary, of course.
At the crossing, the fighters with visible pleasure undressed, remaining only in T-shirts and Panamas. T-shirts - so as not to get into the frame of various kinds of special signs: tattoos, scars, scars. Flippers of yellow color in a battle situation are replaced with black ones. And in the training room they can quickly find them in a reservoir, if they suddenly jump off their feet.
The first scouts packed their equipment and clothes in her bags (one of the special forces used a raincoat from the OZK), strapped the weapon over it, unwound long cords with attached plastic bottles-floats and went “to the other side”. The rest were preparing for the crossing or covering it.
The first couple arrived at the designated point and took the defense. She went for the second, third, and so on. The cord stretched by the first pair allowed the special forces to quickly pull the rest to the shore, which saves time and strength for swimming. Finally, all the special forces reached the final point of the route. Tired, of course, hungry. One of the sergeants said that after 4-5 hours of rest, the group could begin the task again. If the motherland orders.
Guys - strength, health and good luck, hard work for them, dangerous, but very necessary. Tea, not in the fountains bathed. There was an impression that they serve not for money, but for the idea of something. That would not be mistaken in this assumption.
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