From ‘Disposable’ to ‘Specialized’ — Russia Uses 4 Types of Infantry

Wes O'Donnell
5 min readJun 1, 2023
A Russian line soldier in 2017. Mil.ru

By this time last year, it was becoming clear that Russia’s battalion tactical groups — allegedly integrated formations of tanks, artillery, and infantry — were combat ineffective.

There are many reasons for their failure, but the big takeaway is this: Russia has been largely unable to leverage the power of combined arms warfare.

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Wes O'Donnell

US Army & US Air Force Veteran | Global Security guy at War is Boring, GEN, OneZero | Intel Forecaster | Law Student | TEDx Speaker | +Democracy | +Human Rights