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Military field manuals are a good start, here are a few sources:

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/army/

http://armypubs.army.mil/doctrine/Active_FM.html

http://www.stevespages.com/page7c.htm

Searching the DTIC can turn up some interesting stuff:

http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/

Does anyone know a good source for modern Russian doctrine in English?

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Does anyone know a good source for modern Russian doctrine in English?

not modern, but still seems to be applicable:

http://fas.org/irp/doddir/army/fm100-2-1.pdf

On the Russian army, these are also good:

overview of performance in Georgian war:

http://strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/parameters/Articles/09spring/mcdermott.pdf

overview of modernization program:

http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pdffiles/PUB1071.pdf

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While this is also a little dated it's both an easy and enjoyable read.

http://www.amazon.com/First-Clash-Combat-Close-Up-World/dp/0425107566

Produced for the Canadian Army it is a novel covering the first 2-3 days of a mechanized war in West Germany circ 1985.

From it's chapter names you can get feel for its contents.

Digging In

Contact

The hasty attack

Deliberate attack, flexible defence.

etc

While the kit in use is outdated a good deal of the doctrine and theory remains relevant.

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While this is also a little dated it's both an easy and enjoyable read.

http://www.amazon.com/First-Clash-Combat-Close-Up-World/dp/0425107566

Produced for the Canadian Army it is a novel covering the first 2-3 days of a mechanized war in West Germany circ 1985.

From it's chapter names you can get feel for its contents.

Digging In

Contact

The hasty attack

Deliberate attack, flexible defence.

etc

While the kit in use is outdated a good deal of the doctrine and theory remains relevant.

P

I love that book and it is the main reason I want BF to do Fulda Gap.

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15-30 year old US Army field manuals are woefully out of date for how Russian forces operate. Doctrine has completely changed even since 08-08-08 war. The forces modeled in this sim would not fight as they would have in the 1980s, and by forces I mean all sides.

The Strategic Studies links Sgt Joch posted are a good primer on why there have been great changes in past 6 years and what those changes are looking like. Don't fall in to the trap of thinking the 2017 Russian Army is going operate like the 1985 Soviet Army. While change has been slow, it has certainly sped up like lightning since the 08 war that exposed many weaknesses, that were long known, as truly being weaknesses that needed attention.

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IRAQ related- but very good insights into modern operations and tactical combat the most difficult terrain of all: Urban warfare.

House to House by David Bellavia. Awesome book about Fallujah, and really surprised me how many casualties his platoon took and they still fought on.

No True Glory by Bing West. Fallujah again but gives the strategic, operational and wider tactical account and analysis. Very good reading too.

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IRAQ related- but very good insights into modern operations and tactical combat the most difficult terrain of all: Urban warfare.

House to House by David Bellavia. Awesome book about Fallujah, and really surprised me how many casualties his platoon took and they still fought on.

No True Glory by Bing West. Fallujah again but gives the strategic, operational and wider tactical account and analysis. Very good reading too.

I searched Amazon today for combat accounts.

Didn't find anything about the current conflict that appealed but this looks like it covers some interesting aspects of the history of the Region:

Where the Iron Crosses Grow; Robert Forczyk

The Blurb:

"The Crimea has been the scene of conflict throughout its history. First occupied by the Russians in the 18th century it was the scene of the Crimean War, and was drawn into the Russian Civil War, as well as World War II. Today it remains a much disputed region with the Crimea at the center of ongoing tensions between East and West. Throughout World War II the Crimea was a microcosm of the more general war on the Eastern Front, reflecting the ebb and flow of fortunes of that conflict. It was a crucible that saw first Soviet and then German armies surrounded, overwhelmed, and then destroyed. The nature of the fighting in the Crimea was unusual for the Eastern Front, with naval forces playing an important role, as the Crimea's position in the Black Sea gave rise to a major role for naval supply, amphibious landings, and, ultimately, evacuation. However, in other ways it was more characteristic of the Eastern Front, and the fighting for and occupation of the region saw the same level of atrocity and ethnic cleansing commonplace throughout the war in the East, with each side reaching the depths of barbarity in their treatment of the civilian population. Based on extensive new archival research, this incredible narrative history by acclaimed historian Robert Forczyk sheds new light on this vital aspect of the Eastern Front that has not been covered in English before."

I think I will pull the trigger on this one.

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Ultra-modern warfare doesn't quite lend itself to dog-eared history books and memoirs. You need to think outside the box - or the book. If you try searching the web for key words there are plenty of blog sites, chat rooms and esoteric news sources that have people of all sorts relating anecdotes, or relaying the latest military news, or posting picts of what he saw on the street in downtown Sebastopol on the way to work that morning. Heck, sometimes they're even in English! :D

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