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Posted April 20, 2009
Written by the Soviet General Staff, this is a particularly candid work. The writers are very open to the mistakes made by the Soviet forces and the efforts to correct them. They admit the the forces deployed to fight the Mujahideen were the wrong forces (tanks, BMPs and BTRs), and noted the difficulty of fighting in mountainous terrain, against men who could easily disappear into the crowd. They also openly discuss the decision and rationale for pulling out of Afghanistan, without victory. This is a 'must read' for scholars of irregular warfare, the Soviet armed forces, and military operational art.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.