Zaporizhia. A short clip of a high-density minefield of TM-62 anti-tank mines. There seems to be little mine field in their placement, merely an adherence to Stalin’s adage that quantity has a quality all its own. For months, Ukraine has shrugged off western observers criticizing their offensive efforts. I do not think that there is sufficient appreciate of the extent of the mine threat or how it has slowed Ukraine’s advance. Even before Iraq descended into counterinsurgency, we never trained to deal with mine fields this expansive, and I am not sure that our doctrine even conceived of an opponent employing mines in this manner. Our doctrine dictates bypassing such obstacles, or tackling them with superiority in air, fires, and engineering assets. The fact the Armed forces of Ukraine have grappled with this threat without any of these advantages is noteworthy. It is also worth remembering that, regardless of the outcome of this war, the people of Ukraine will be dealing with mines for decades to come.


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Cam served as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps, deploying to the Horn of Africa and participating in combat operations in Iraq. He currently works in the maritime industry and in the defense sector as an instructor of combined arms planning and operations. An avid sailor, Cam founded and directs Triumph Sailing, a nonprofit that supports veterans and first responders through adventure and fellowship on the water. Triumph Sailing just completed its big yearly event, an offshore race in the Gulf of Mexico with an all veteran crew. You can support the mission and next year's sailing season at Tri-Sail.Org.

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Zaporizhia. A short clip of a high-density minefield of TM-62 anti-tank mines. There seems to be little mine field in their placement, merely an adherence to Stalin’s adage that quantity has a quality all its own. For months, Ukraine has shrugged off western observers criticizing their offensive efforts. I do not think that there is sufficient appreciate of the extent of the mine threat or how it has slowed Ukraine’s advance. Even before Iraq descended into counterinsurgency, we never trained to deal with mine fields this expansive, and I am not sure that our doctrine even conceived of an opponent employing mines in this manner. Our doctrine dictates bypassing such obstacles, or tackling them with superiority in air, fires, and engineering assets. The fact the Armed forces of Ukraine have grappled with this threat without any of these advantages is noteworthy. It is also worth remembering that, regardless of the outcome of this war, the people of Ukraine will be dealing with mines for decades to come.


About the Author

Author's Photo

Cam

Cam served as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps, deploying to the Horn of Africa and participating in combat operations in Iraq. He currently works in the maritime industry and in the defense sector as an instructor of combined arms planning and operations. An avid sailor, Cam founded and directs Triumph Sailing, a nonprofit that supports veterans and first responders through adventure and fellowship on the water. Triumph Sailing just completed its big yearly event, an offshore race in the Gulf of Mexico with an all veteran crew. You can support the mission and next year's sailing season at Tri-Sail.Org.

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