In this lesson you will learn the concepts of rear operations.
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
Describe the concept of rear operations.
You have this subcourse, paper, and pencil.
To demonstrate competency of this task you must achieve a minimum score of 70
percent on the subcourse examination.
The material contained in this lesson was derived from the following publications: FM
19-1, FM 19-4, FM 90-14, FM 100-2-2, and FM 100-5.
During World War II, the Soviets successfully disrupted German command and control and logistics
within the rear area. German commanders diverted combat forces to the rear area to combat the
threat. Partisan forces were protected by a civilian populace which had been threatened and
intimidated. These partisans conducted attacks ranging from sabotage to Level III operations. Most of
this was conducted during the hours of limited visibility and darkness.
To understand rear operations you must be aware of where it starts (see Figure 1-2). The rear area
begins at the rear of the main battle area (MBA) and extends through the communication zone. Rear
area units and facilities are targeted for enemy attack because they are important to the sustainment of
the main battle effort. The rear area, essentially void of combat forces, contains a large number of
support units as well as command and control headquarters, nuclear storage sites, and nuclear-
capable delivery systems that are primary targets for enemy forces. Most combat support and combat
service support functions are performed in this area.