Just four words:
Gregory Buckley; Charles Martland.
Tacticool checklist updated.
– APC’s radio rig worked well?
– Yes. But in the second vehicle something was wrong: they heard us, we cannot hear them. This problem was solved after a long period of time.
– I understand the situation with communications between APCs. What about comms in global view?
– 3-4 km in the open with the use of chinese radios, all the rest of comms by cellular phone. It made me laugh. When we arrived, all bought SIM-cards. I’m calling support of MTS (Ukraine). They tell me:
– you are calling from third region
– oh, yes
– we have subscriber’s plan with all calls within Lugansk and Donetsk region for free
– sure, sign me. Any internet on it?
– yes, this much megabytes a day.
I called it – subscriber’s plan “Separatist”. Completely absurdic. I’m still shocked, why UAF can’t cope with separatists. One jammer – and game over. When MTS dropped service, with Kievstar still in use, about three days we really had no command. At morning arrived a runner by motorcycle, telling orders.
– You have no fear to use phones, in context of spotting [direction-finding]?
– No way without them, till the end of August they carried all command. Somebody said, that he called his mother in Russia, and after that got a mortar fire, but I consider that is not a phones’ fault.
Link in Russian: http://informnapalm.org/22638-stantsiya-r-934um-pod-luganskom/
As reported, Ukraine also has R-934. So many intentional misinformation around this stupid war.
Nothing surprising, just one more testimony. Interview with separatist fighter.
Term “china-woods” is for “chinese kenwoods”, originally “kitaenwood”.
– What was the availability of communication equipment?
– About every “three” [three-men team] had a radio. Radios were various, mainly “china-woods”. Not to say they were best, but fit their tasks. Now there are captured digital Motorolas, but with and old codeplugs. [Gugl mistakenly translates it as “firmware”, but it is definitely spoken about codeplugs – Goblin].
– There were military radios?
– In the spoken Lisichansk were ‘105th’ and ‘109th’. Near Debaltsevo this stations almost never used, we mainly worked with “china-woods”. Command level, and spotters had good army radios.
– You told, that during the fight on February 8 you listened to the enemy adjusting AGS [Soviet analogue of Mark 19] fire on you. That is, you had opponent frequency already pre-set?
– “Kenvods” have a dual watch function – one channel with our frequency, one with theirs. We did so: 1-2 men listen their freqs, the rest coming with our.
– Enemy ever jammed your comms?
– Did you use code words on the air?
– Comms were open, therefore near Debaltsevo the code table was made on the three A4 sheets. But, surely, not all used it.
It becomes less funny, more boring and unbelievably stupid. So I totally disagree with Ncscout in the point, that Donbass conflict is an example of how real doings is done. It’s an example of how absurdly war can be fight – and still provide some KIA boxes.
Important remark: in the current post-USSR lexis, ‘volunteer’ is civil activist, non-combatant, providing logistic (and social) support for poor-supplied armed forces. Those forces can be army units (also marine. airborne and so on), national guard units, Interior Ministry (police, not patrolmen, but army-like) units, and – volunteer combat units, later attached to army and police, but previously relatively independent, that fact allowed speculations about private armies etc.
…near Debaltsevo calls for artillery support come through one civil volunteer, inter alia:
Of special note is quite surprising form of the artillery control, generated by this war. [I] seriously contend, that there were no way to call for heavy fire on the target of special importance, recognized with a high degree of certainty, through the headquarters of the sector. Head of sector artillery (they were changing every month and a half), did not know how to do it. But it was successfully done, and more than one time, through one “influential” in this regard, civilian volunteer! Fire of arty, subordinated to ATO command, was called and coordinated through completely civil people, using unexpected but working channels.
full http://twower.livejournal.com/1903992.html (also part of this is here: https://ironboundconcepts.wordpress.com/2016/02/17/piss-off-the-comms-we-are-at-war/ )