The Global Times reported on December 1 that the Indian Marine Special Forces (MARCOS) had just been deployed to the Bangol Lake area east of Ladakh. Meanwhile, Indian government sources also said that from the first day of the border conflict, Garud Special Forces of the Indian Air Force and Para (paratroopers) special forces of the Indian Army have been deployed to the area. Today, the special forces of the Indian armed forces have just gathered on the Sino-Indian border.
Since ancient times, war has relied on the numerical advantage of the army for most of the time to achieve “fighting the weak by force”. Even in the modern era of hot weapons war, the number of people still determines the victory or defeat of the war in many cases.
For example, in World War II, the weapons and equipment of the Red Army of the Soviet Union were weaker than that of Germany on the whole, so the Soviet army completely relied on the superiority of force to drag down and consume the German army in many battles. The most typical one is the Battle of Kursk.
During the Battle of Kursk, the Soviet army won the battle with an absolute advantage in terms of troops and equipment, which reflected the characteristics of “more troops and more strength”.
Including in the history of the People’s Liberation Army, “concentrating superior forces to fight the war of annihilation” has always been the basic principle of marching and fighting.
During the Anti-Japanese War, the Eighth Route Army usually had to concentrate three to four times the Japanese army’s strength before it could launch a war of annihilation against the Japanese invaders.
During the Anti-Japanese War and Aid Korea, it was usually necessary to concentrate one army to fight against a division of the U.S. military. At the Battle of Changjin Lake, three armies of one regiment were even concentrated, but in the end, it was defeated and the first Marine Division of the United States Army had not been able to eat.
However, marked by the 1991 Gulf War, the number of troops only became a reference figure, and was no longer the basic condition for determining the victory or defeat of the war. Since the Gulf War, the total strength of the multinational force led by the United States has been at a disadvantage for Iraq, but the coalition forces have strong air force and destroy Iraqi armored forces at the speed of one battalion a day, and finally ended the whole war 42 days later. In the later Kosovo War, NATO did not even send out ground troops.
By bombing by plane alone, it completely subdued to the former Balkan power and even took the initiative to send its president to The Hague for trial.
From the above actual combat, it is not difficult to see that in modern warfare, the military strength is no longer an “advantage”, and the proportion of information power in the process of determining the victory or defeat of the war is increasing. Deng Xiaoping, the chief designer of reform and opening up, once said: “Science and technology are the first productive forces.”
Chairman Mao also said, “Marxism is to liberate and develop the productive forces.” These famous assertions are equally effective in military construction. In the current western section of the China-Indian border, the People’s Liberation Army has only deployed about 40,000 troops in total, while the Indian side has deployed more than 100,000 troops, which constitutes a more than 2:1 advantage over our army.
If viewed from the perspective of World War II, the Indian army undoubtedly occupies a great advantage. But if you look at it from today’s perspective, the Indian army does not even need the PLA to take action at all. God will call the Indians how to “behave”.
According to the Indian media’s own reports, the Indian army has deployed a total of 100,000 troops in the plateau area, but including second-hand cold suits with sweaty smells collected by India from the United States and Europe, India has only collected about 60,000 sets of cold suits, and the remaining troops of at least 40,000 do not even have winter clothes.
The current temperature in Ladakh has dropped to about -15 °C, and will fall below -40 °C in a month. Imagine how “sour” it is to have no winter clothes in the cold of minus 40 degrees. The battle of the 9th Corps of the Volunteer Army, which entered Korea in 1950, has fully explained the importance of winter clothing.
The battle of Changjin Lake lasted only more than ten days before and after. The Indian army had to survive the whole winter in the cold of minus 40 degrees. I believe you all understand what this means. Therefore, no matter what kind of troops the Indian army deploys to Ladakh, as long as there is not enough winter clothing, these troops will only die!
Moreover, Ladakh is still very different from Changjin Lake in those years. That is, the average altitude of Ladakh is more than 5,000 meters, which is not only cold, but also hypoxic! Its air oxygen content is only about 50% in the plain area.
Therefore, in order to protect the health of soldiers, the People’s Liberation Army has set up warm aerobic cabins at all forward posts. Soldiers can breathe oxygen in the square cabin after returning from patrol to ensure their health. And the Indian side has never heard of the operation of “oxygen absorption”.
There is no denying that there are indeed a few elite troops in the Indian army. In the 1988 Maldives’s rebellion, the Indian special forces of the three services quelled the rebellion in the Maldives in nine hours at the cost of no one’s death. Its combat process is classic.
However, the achievements of a few elite special forces do not represent the technical and tactical level of the entire Indian Army. Moreover, in the vast frontal war, there are only four words: “Only one tree is difficult to support”. Now the Indian army has indeed transferred all the elite troops of the army, navy and air force to the front line of Ladakh.
The Indian army does forcefully maintain 100,000 troops in Ladakh without winter clothes… These actions are not the condition for the Indian army to win, but to expose the weak nature of the Indian army.
Nowadays, the People’s Liberation Army has installed automatic surveillance systems in most border areas, including radar, infrared monitors and other unmanned monitoring devices that integrate day and night, so that PLA soldiers can greatly reduce the actual control line through manual inspection (Note that the border between China and India has not been formally demarcated, so “Really The frequency of the international control line is relatively accurate, which also saves more energy for the soldiers and ensures the health of each soldier.
Moreover, even if the Indian army really provokes war at the border, it is not the infantry of the People’s Liberation Army, but the air strike force composed of rainbows, pterosaurs and other drones. The Indian army’s special forces have no role in this kind of long-range air-ground sniper warfare, but only increase the target of fire for the PLA.
Moreover, on the army side, various large-caliber howitzers, rocket launchers and other weapons deployed by the People’s Liberation Army on the second line are enough to turn the whole Indian position into a sea of fire in the first time.
Even if the Indian army digs tunnels to avoid it, the laser-guided drilling bombs dropped by subsequent J-16 fighters can easily bury the Indian army together with their tunnels.