Report about the Reconnaissance Plan for the Offensive
In accordance with your instructions and the chief of staff's instructions the
reconnaissance directorate has prepared the reconnaissance plan for the army
offensive. The reconnaissance during the army operation has been planned in the
During the preparation period for the operation the main reconnaissance forces
will be concentrated on discovering the time and possibilities for NATO
initiating an attack against the WP countries, determining the composition,
grouping of their armed forces, especially ground forces, and the 4th (ATAF);
the parameters of their possible initial massive air blow, concept of their
operations, system of command and control of forces, and weapons systems. With
aim of fulfilling this mission the following forces and means have been
----- a. Now the radio and radio technical battalion sub-units are fully
deployed in their positions; five radio direction finding platoons of the radio
battalion OSNAZ are conducting reconnaissance in the area ___, ___, ___. The
command post of the radio battalion and companies of radio interception are
deployed in regions ___, ___, ___. The sub-units of the radio technical
reconnaissance from the composition of the radio technical battalion also are
deployed near the state border and command post of the battalion is located at
___, ___. The total composition of the radio technical and radio battalions in
the army area is 57 posts.
----- b. Since this morning, we have organized the observation system along the
state border with the forces of the divisions.
----- c. The exchange of information with neighboring armies has been
With the start of combat operations the main forces of reconnaissance will be
concentrated on the fulfillment of re-confirmation of enemy targets for the
army first nuclear strike. Troop control of reconnaissance has been prepared
with the participation of the air army's combat control center and the control
organs of army rocket and artillery forces.
The following reconnaissance missions have been planned ahead in the interest
of the army forces' movement across the enemy covering force area and through
his first line of defense from the march:
----- specifying the composition, and grouping of the covering forces, engineer
fortifications, and obstacles,
----- determiniuung the layout of the defense, level of engineer
fortifications, system of fire, system of obstacles, and unoccupied sectors or
weakly held areas in defenses;
----- observing and discovering enemy operational reserves, their composition,
their situation, and where and how they will be employed in the enemy concept
for their use;
----- clarifying the radioactive situation in the covering force area and
forward defense line;
The main forces of reconnaissance are concentrated for employment in the sector
____, ___, (on the axis of main attack);
For this mission we use 12 flights of the drone reconnaissance aircraft and
forces and means of the radio and radio technical reconnaissance units of the
army and troops. In addition on the first and second days of the operation we
plan to insert 6 army SPETZNAZ reconnaissance groups in the enemy rear in
regions of special importance 1, 2, 3, 4.
In the interests of inserting air assault forces we plan to fulfill the
following reconnaissance tasks:
----- clarify the enemy character of actions, defense system, PVO system, and
engineer obstacles in the area __, ___;
----- clarify the grouping of enemy reserves in this region;
----- determine the possible reinforcements of ground forces and tactical
aviation in this area.
----- fulfilling these tasks will be accomplished by forces and means of
aviation, and radio and radio technical reconnaissance.
With the aim of supporting the commitment into engagement of the army
second-echelon and destruction of enemy operational reserves we plan
reconnaissance operations to accomplish the following:
----- designation of enemy grouping of forces and means, their composition and
combat capability, and also character of actions in the area of the commitment
into engagement of the 17th Tank Division.
----- determine character of engineer obstacles along intermediate defense
lines in the area ___, ___, ___;
----- determine quantity and level of radiation in the terrain in the area of
the movement of the 17th Tank Division and its commitment line ;
----- observe and follow enemy operational reserves and the mobilization of
enemy forces in the area ___, ___.
----- determine the composition, grouping, and bases of air forces and air
For fulfilling the above designated missions we plan:
3 SPETZNAZ reconnaissance groups, 6-8 flights of drone aircraft, 20-30 radio
and radio-technical posts, and the forces and means of division reconnaissance.
Aerial photography is planned along the following lines:
Forward defense line in the sector of the main attack of army and armies, in
the area of the commitment of the second-echelon, on airfields, and on rear
To fulfill the long range mission the main forces of reconnaissance will be
concentrated on support of the destruction elements of of the Central Army
Group, 4th ATAF, and seizing the line ___, ___.
The main forces of reconnaissance will be concentrated against enemy
With the aim of fulfilling reconnaissance missions in the interest of
completion of the army long-range mission, the army reconnaissance plan
forecasts the following:
----- during the course of the 4th day to the 6th day of the operation insert
in enemy rear areas 4 reconnaissance groups SPETZNAZ;
----- each day we plan 30-40 sorties of reconnaissance aviation and 4-6
tactical drone aircraft, and aerial photography along lines __, ___, ___.
----- radio and radio technical reconnaissance with the forces and means of the
radio and radio technical battalions OSNAZ of the army.
----- also enlist the reconnaissance means of the divisions;
----- exchange of reconnaissance information with staffs of neighboring armies
and the staff of the front;
In reserve we plan to maintain the following quantity of reconnaissance forces
----- during the period of preparing for the operation: 8 SPETZNAZ
reconnaissance groups and 36 tactical drone sorties;
----- for fulfillment of immediate mission: 2 SPETZNAZ reconnaissance groups.
----- at the end of the offensive: 2 SPETZNAZ groups, 12 sorties of drones.
Troop control of reconnaissance forces and means is planned in the following
----- army reconnaissance units by means of the radio center of army staff and
mobile command post of the chief of reconnaissance of army;
----- special radio stations supported by the means of the army signal center
will be established with the aim of obtaining reconnaissance data from
reconnaissance aviation at all command posts of divisions, armies, chiefs of
artillery and rocket forces, and PVO of army and armies, and reconnaissance
directorate of army. To support this mission we send the working frequencies
for communication between aircraft and ground stations to the chiefs of
reconnaissance of armies and neighboring armies.
Results of assessment of reconnaissance requirements:
The planning measures for the combat employment of reconnaissance forces and
means require that the reconnaissance missions will be fulfilled in the main
during the period of preparation of the operation and during the operation. The
most difficult and complex mission is the support of data on targets for the
army initial nuclear strike and their confirming reconnaissance by the
beginning of the operation. But this mission is accomplished by the
simultaneous massive flight of reconnaissance aviation.