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Russians Never Had Enough Trucks, and losses mount.

maxparrish

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On Jan 13th of this year an article appeared in FORBES pointing out that even for an Army of 100,000, Russians lacked trucks. His prediction of limited mobility has been born out.


And a recent article underscores the problem. At least 10 percent (I estimate closer to 12 to 14 precent) of the 4000 trucks in the 10 support brigades have been destroyed. The Russians have commendered civilian trucks and vehicles to limit the damage, but its not working.

Any way you slice it, the Ukrainian artillery gunners, missileers and TB2 drone operators probably have eliminated 10 percent of the Russians’ battlefield supply assets while likely damaging or otherwise suppressing—by killing, wounding or capturing crews or fragmenting units—much more.

Embattled Russian logistics troops are spooked. “Reluctance to maneuver cross-country, lack of control of the air and limited bridging capabilities are preventing Russia from effectively resupplying their forward troops with even basic essentials such as food and fuel,” the U.K. Defense Intelligence Agency reported on Thursday.

A desperate attempt to make good losses by commandeering civilian trucks could cause as many new problems as it seems to solve old ones. There’s a reason armies buy custom-made trucks rather than simply painting civilian models brown or green.


Here is Russia's "fix"...

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A dump truck with troops riding in it...
 

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Interesting:

The Kremlin can supplement the army’s trucks with helicopters and civilian vehicles. But that’s just tinkering around the margins of an enormous logistical problem. All that is to say, trucks—more than tanks or artillery—could dictate the pace and extent of a deeper Russian invasion of Ukraine.
That truism should also inform the Ukrainian army’s own thinking. As Ukrainian gunners select targets for their tube artillery and rockets, they should always prioritize the seemingly most boring targets. The trucks the Russians can’t fight without.
 

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Tanks are useless over time without the logistical chain delivering the food, fuel/oil, and ammunition necessary to keep the tank operational.
 
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