Since times the efficient use of the mobile Cavalry had been the hallmark of successful Generals. Whether it was Alexander,Hannibal,Julius Caesar, Hazrat Khalid bin Walid,Napoleon,Wellington,Rommel or Patton etc,all of them had relied on effective mobile cavalry to inflict defeat to their enemy.
The Pakistan army cavalry(armoured corps) has a proud history tracing back to 1773,when its oldest unit was raised in British India. Since its inception it fought in different campaigns worldwide namely in North Africa,Italy,France,Mesopotamia(Iraq),Burma and Saudi Arabia etc.
In the home front pre partition more time was spent in the Western Frontier Regions and Afghanistan. After partition the focus shifted to the Eastern borders with India ,where some great tank battles were fought all but in STALEMATE.
After the huge Indian exercise of BRASSTACKS PA planners decided to fine tune their own offensive capabilities by conducting ZAR E MOMIN and AZM E NAU exercises. Some lessons were learned and new tactics were adopted. Hopefully as claimed the next battles will be fought deep inside the enemy territory.
The two gulf wars taught us the lessons that a modern day cavalry should not only be equipped with good armour but should also be supported with real time battlefield intelligence, air power,communication lines,logistics ,proper reconnaissance ,absolute fire power and superior mobility.
PIVOTAL SUPPORT ELEMENTS
Below are some of the support elements that are critical for any successful armoured thrusts.
a)Full Battle Field Real Time Intelligence and Communication Support
Modern day battlefields are comprised of hundreds of KMs .Wireless sets do provide a good second tier communication back up but for a modern army a central digital command and communication infrastructure is essential at the Brigade level. Aselsan does provide some good C4i communication systems.
b)Close Air Support
Here PAF and Army aviation has a critical role to play. Apart from jet fighters and attack helicopters,drones have also entered the arena. They are not only good tools for aerial reconnaissance but also provide some essential anti armour air support. Recently drones were sighted at some forward air bases.
c)Transport lines and logistical Support
Good roads and railways lines are essential for faster mobility of armour to the border along with the logistics(food,fuel and spares). The railway track from Quetta to Taftan needs to be updated along with a new track from Hyderabad to Islamkot(Thar) needs to be built(for coal and military transportation). The M1 track has always helped our Armour for movements from North to South vis versa.
d) Enhanced Fire Power Support
POF is self sufficient in producing shells of all calibre and unlike our neighbour we dont have to import them in time of need. Our night fighting capability is also far better then the Indian tanks. We completely endorse PAs flexibility in acquiring used equipment from various sources to enhance our fire power. We may see raise of some new PA armoured divisions and Corps in the future!!
There are many more factors critical for a successful Blitzkrieg type scenario for our Armour. But the most important of all of them is the faith,devotion and training of the men behind the machines. Judging from the past it is safe to say our boys will give a bloody nose to the enemy deep inside their territory this time.
You forgot to mention The Most Important figure---Chengiz Khan---. The ultimate user of cavalry---.