A Cardboard Castle?: An Inside History of the Warsaw Pact, 1955-1991

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This collection of 155 previously secret documents from the archives of every member state of the communist military grouping provides a record of the Soviet-led Cold War Alliance. Top-level communications between the alliance's leaders, verbatim transcripts of multilateral summit meetings, and lively discussions inside the various party politburos reveal features of the evolution of the Warsaw Pact from a stage prop to a full-fledged military alliance, the surprisingly dynamic relations between Moscow and the other capitals particularly during crises, and the upheavals of the late 1980s that brought down the whole house of cards. They are all in English. Distributed in the US by Books International. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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  • ISBN-13: 9789637326073
  • Publisher: Central European University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Series: National Security Archive Cold War Reade
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

The Warsaw Pact as history 1
Document No. 1 The Warsaw Treaty, May 14, 1955 77
Document No. 2 Statute of the Warsaw Treaty Unified Command, September 7, 1995 80
Document No. 3 Imre Nagy's telegram to diplomatic missions in Budapest declaring Hungary's neutrality, November 1, 1956 83
Document No. 4 Gen. Jan Drzewiecki's critique of the statute of the unified command, November 3, 1956 84
Document No. 5 Polish memorandum on reform of the Warsaw Pact, January 10, 1957 87
Document No. 6 Gen. Drzewiecki's interview regarding memorandum on reform of the Warsaw Pact, May 8, 1997 91
Document No. 7 Soviet directives to the Czechoslovak army on operational and combat preparations, September 25, 1957 93
Document No. 8 Draft of a Warsaw Pact-NATO non-aggression treaty, May 24, 1958 95
Document No. 9 Marshal Ivan Konev's analysis of a Czechoslovak army operational exercise, March 31-April 7, 1959 97
Document No. 10 Conclusions from the operational exercise of the Czechoslovak army, March 31-April 7, 1959 100
Document No. 11 East German description of a West German plan for the occupation of the GDR, July 29, 1959 102
Document No. 12 Warsaw Pact views of NATO's plans and capabilities, April 28, 1960 105
Document No. 13 The Soviet-Albanian dispute, March 22-June 3, 1961 108
Document No. 14 Political consultative committee resolution on the restructuring and modernization of Warsaw Pact forces, March 29, 1961 116
Document No. 15 Czechoslovakia's strategic position in a European War, April 1961 118
Document No. 16 Speech by Marshal Malinovskii describing the need for Warsaw Pact offensive operations, May 1961 120
Document No. 17 Czechoslovak Politburo resolution on mobilization readiness with respect to the Berlin question, July 25, 1961 122
Document No. 18 Joint declaration of the Warsaw Treaty states on the Berlin Wall, August 13, 1961 126
Document No. 19 Resolution by the Czechoslovak party military defense commission on the introduction of emergency measures, September 14, 1961 129
Document No. 20 The "Buria" exercise preparing for an advance into Western Europe, September 28-October 10, 1963 131
Document No. 21 Organizational principles of the Czechoslovak army, November 22, 1962 137
Document No. 22 The "Mazowsze" exercise for nuclear war and interview with Gen. Tuczapski on Soviet Bloc planning of exercises, 1963-1964 140
Document No. 23 Polish command post exercise rehearsing an advance to Northern Germany, low countries, and Denmark, June 14, 1963 149
Document No. 24 Mongolian request for admission to the Warsaw Pact, July 15, 1963 152
Document No. 25 Polish foreign ministry memorandum regarding possible Mongolian accession to the Warsaw Treaty, July 20, 1963 154
Document No. 26 Czechoslovak drafts of orders and appeals to be issued in occupied Western European territories, June 29, 1964 157
Document No. 27 Warsaw Pact war plan for the Czechoslovak front, October 14, 1964 160
Document No. 28 Warsaw Pact intelligence on NATO's strategy and combat readiness, 1965 170
Document No. 29 Albanian note to the political consultative committee, January 15, 1965 177
Document No. 30 Minutes of discussion at political consultative committee meeting in Warsaw, January 20, 1965 179
Document No. 31 Plan for Hungarian command-staff war game, May 1965 189
Document No. 32 Transcript of Ceausescu-Deng conversation, July 25, 1965 192
Document No. 33 Hungarian proposals for reform of the Warsaw Pact, January 18-19, 1966 195
Document No. 34 Polish proposals for reform of the Warsaw Pact, January 21 & 26, 1966 200
Document No. 35 Czechoslovak proposal for reform of the Warsaw Pact, February 1966 208
Document No. 36 Statement by the Romanian chief of staff on reform of the Warsaw Pact, February 4-9, 1966 210
Document No. 37 Summary of discussion at conference of Warsaw Treaty deputy foreign ministers, February 17, 1966 212
Document No. 38 Study of special features of a surprise outbreak of war prepared for the Hungarian military, February 22-23, 1966 215
Document No. 39 Memorandum of the Conference of Defense Ministers, May 27-28, 1966 217
Document No. 40 Memorandum of the Conference of Foreign Ministers, June 14-15, 1966 220
Document No. 41 Minutes of summit of Warsaw Pact leaders in Bucharest, July 5-7, 1966 225
Document No. 42 Transcript of gathering of Warsaw Pact leaders in Karlovy Vary, April 25, 1967 237
Document No. 43 East German analysis of the NATO "Fallex 66" exercise, 1967 242
Document No. 44 Report on the state of the Bulgarian army in the wake of the Middle East War, October 7, 1967 245
Document No. 45 Memorandum of results of the chiefs of general staff meeting regarding reorganization of the Warsaw treaty, March 1, 1968 249
Document No. 46 Czechoslovak report on the meeting of the Political Consultative Committee of March 6-7, 1968, March 26, 1968 252
Document No. 47 Remarks by the Czechoslovak chief of staff on the theory of local war, March 13, 1968 258
Document No. 48 Record of Gomulka-Iakubovskii conversation in Warsaw, April 19, 1968 261
Document No. 49 Report to Nicolae Ceausescu on the meeting of the political consultative committee in Sofia, June 3, 1968 264
Document No. 50 Memorandum of the academic staff of the Czechoslovak military academies on Czechoslovakia's defense doctrine, June 4, 1968 270
Document No. 51 Action program of the Czechoslovak army, June 11, 1968 279
Document No. 52 Czechoslovak Central Committee study of security policy, June 24, 1968 283
Document No. 53 Reports on the "Sumava" exercise, July 1968 286
Document No. 54 Transcript of the meeting of five Warsaw Pact states in Warsaw, July 14-15, 1968 294
Document No. 55 Czechoslovak and East German views on the Warsaw Pact, July 1968 302
Document No. 56 Report by East German defense minister on the invasion of Czechoslovakia, August 22, 1968 305
Document No. 57 Record of meeting between President Ludvik Svoboda and Czechoslovak army officers, August 28, 1968 308
Document No. 58 Letter from the East German deputy defense minister to Erich Honecker about his conversation with Marshal Iakubovskii, August 31, 1968 311
Document No. 59 Report by the East German defense minister on NATO's "Fallex 68/Golden Rod" exercise, November 21, 1968 312
Document No. 60 Czechoslovak-Soviet agreement on the stationing of Soviet nuclear forces, November 13-14, 1968 314
Document No. 61 Czechoslovak general staff study on the Warsaw treaty, December 21, 1968 317
Document No. 62 New secret statutes of the Warsaw Pact, March 17, 1969 323
Document No. 63 Appeal for a European security conference, March 17, 1969 330
Document No. 64 Report by Ceausescu to the Romanian Politburo on the Political Consultative Committee meeting in Budapest, March 18, 1969 332
Document No. 65 Polish army report on East German misbehavior during the "Oder-Neisse-69" exercise, October 22, 1969 339
Document No. 66 Speech by Marshal Grechko at the "Zapad" exercise, October 16, 1969 342
Document No. 67 Hungarian foreign ministry memorandum of Soviet-Hungarian consultations on the European security conference, October 18, 1969 347
Document No. 68 Polish proposals for the Conference On Security And Disarmament, October 24, 1969 350
Document No. 69 East German evaluation of polish proposal for a European security treaty, November 13, 1969 354
Document No. 70 Speech by Grechko at the first meeting of the Warsaw Pact Committee Of Ministers Of Defense, December 22, 1969 356
Document No. 71 Hungarian report of Warsaw Pact summit on policy toward West Germany, January 7, 1970 358
Document No. 72 Minutes of Romanian politburo meeting concerning the Ceausescu-Brezhnev conversation, May 20, 1970 365
Document No. 73 The surrender of Hannover according to the polish army's "Bison" exercise, April 21-28, 1971 380
Document No. 74 Transcript of Romanian Politburo meeting on Ceausescu's trip to Asia and Moscow, June 25, 1971 382
Document No. 75 Comparison of Warsaw treaty and NATO positions concerning the European security conference, December 1, 1971 390
Document No. 76 Hungarian memorandum on the deputy foreign minsters' meeting in Moscow, February 3, 1975 393
Document No. 77 Iakubovskii report on the state of the Unified Armed Forces, December 31, 1975 395
Document No. 78 Evaluation of the Helsinki Final Act by the Czechoslovak Party Presidium, April 28, 1976 397
Document No. 79 Czechoslovak analysis of the "Soiuz 77" exercise, March 21-29, 1977 402
Document No. 80 Description of activities of an East German spy inside NATO, April-May 1977 404
Document No. 81 Marshal Ogarkov analysis of the "Zapad" exercise, May 30-June 9, 1977 406
Document No. 82 Report by Marshal Kulikov on the state of the Unified Armed Forces, January 30, 1978 413
Document No. 83 Soviet statement at the chiefs of general staff meeting in Sofia, June 12-14, 1978 415
Document No. 84 Speech by Brezhnev at the Political Consultative Committee meeting in Moscow, November 22, 1978 418
Document No. 85 Minutes of the Romanian politburo meeting, November 24, 1978 422
Document No. 86 Statute of the unified command in war time, March 18, 1980 427
Document No. 87 Ceausescu's speech at the political consultative committee meeting in Warsaw, May 14-15, 1980 435
Document No. 88 Summary of the deputy foreign ministers' preparatory meeting for the CSCE Madrid conference, July 8-9, 1980 438
Document No. 89 Bulgarian report on the defense ministers' meeting in Bucharest, December 8, 1980 441
Document No. 90 The Soviet military's attempts to gain Polish leadership cooperation to end the Polish crisis, January-April 1981 443
Document No. 91 Report on conversation between Marshal Kulikov and senior East German military officials, June 13, 1981 446
Document No. 92 Information by Marshal Ustinov on Soviet strategic offensive forces, September 1981 449
Document No. 93 Report on the committee of ministers of defense meeting in Moscow, December 1-4, 1981 451
Document No. 94 Transcript of the Soviet politburo meeting on the crisis in Poland, December 10, 1981 456
Document No. 95 Memorandum of conversation with Marshals Ustinov and Kulikov concerning a Soviet war game, June 14, 1982 462
Document No. 96 Report on speech by Marshal Ogarkov at a Warsaw Pact chiefs of staff meeting in Minsk, September 8-10, 1982 466
Document No. 97 East German intelligence report on the operational plan of the U.S. 5th Army Corps in war time, December 16, 1982 469
Document No. 98 Speech by Andropov at the political consultative committee meeting in Prague, January 4-5, 1983 472
Document No. 99 Scenario of the "Soiuz-83" exercise, June 9-August 2, 1983 480
Document No. 100 East German summary of Warsaw Pact Summit in Moscow, June 28, 1983 483
Document No. 101 Summary of the Committee Of Ministers Of Foreign Affairs meeting in Sofia, October 20, 1983 485
Document No. 102 Statement by Marshal Ustinov at the committee of ministers of defense meeting in Sofia, December 5-7, 1983 490
Document No. 103 Report on the committee of ministers of foreign affairs meeting in Budapest, April 26, 1984 492
Document No. 104 Transcript of Honecker-Chernenko meeting in Moscow, August 17, 1984 496
Document No. 105 Report by the head of Soviet military intelligence to the committee of ministers of defense, December 3-5, 1984 500
Document No. 106 Speech by Gorbachev at the Warsaw Treaty Summit in Moscow, April 26, 1985 507
Document No. 107 Warsaw Pact information concerning improvements in NATO military technology, November 11, 1985 511
Document No. 108 Speech by Marshal Kulikov at the Committee Of Ministers Of Defense meeting in Strausberg, December 2-5, 1985 513
Document No. 109 East German intelligence assessment of NATO's intelligence on the Warsaw Pact, December 16, 1985 514
Document No. 110 Scenario for the "Granit-86" exercise, December 23, 1985 516
Document No. 111 Summary of the meeting of ministers of foreign affairs in Warsaw, March 19-20, 1986 518
Document No. 112 East German intelligence assessments of an FRG appraisal of the National People's Army, April 28 and May 27, 1986 522
Document No. 113 Bulgarian memorandum on the Bulgarian-Romanian proposal for a chemical weapons-free zone in the Balkans, March 21, 1986 526
Document No. 114 East German ideas concerning a nuclear weapons-free zone in Central Europe, May 21, 1986 528
Document No. 115 Minutes of the Political Consultative Committee party secretaries' meeting in Budapest, June 11, 1986 531
Document No. 116 Report to the Bulgarian Politburo on Romanian arms reduction proposals, September 22, 1986 539
Document No. 117 Czechoslovak summary of the committee of ministers of foreign affairs meeting in Bucharest, October 18, 1986 541
Document No. 118 Summary of statements at the Military Council meeting in Bucharest, November 10-11, 1986 546
Document No. 119 Summary of Soviet statement at the Committee Of Ministers Of Defense meeting in Warsaw, December 1-3, 1986 549
Document No. 120 Outline of a Czechoslovak command post exercise, January 27-28, 1987 551
Document No. 121 Report on the Committee Of Ministers Of Foreign Affairs meeting in Moscow, March 24-25, 1987 554
Document No. 122 Soviet explanation of the Warsaw Pact's new military doctrine at the chiefs of staff meeting in Moscow, May 18-25, 1987 559
Document No. 123 Records of the Political Consultative Committee meeting in Berlin, May 27-29, 1987 562
Document No. 124 Summary of a consultation of chiefs of staff in Moscow, October 14, 1987 572
Document No. 125 Speech by General Iazov at the ministers of defense meeting in Bucharest, November 26, 1987 574
Document No. 126 Proposal to establish a Warsaw Pact information and propaganda department, March 11, 1988 577
Document No. 127 Memorandum of Akhromeev-Kessler conversation, March 19, 1988 579
Document No. 128 Speeches at the foreign ministers' meeting in Sofia, March 29-30, 1988 582
Document No. 129 Draft of a revised statute of the unified command in war time, March 30-31, 1988 589
Document No. 130 Summary of statement by Marshal Akhromeev on exchange of data between NATO and the Warsaw Pact, May 17, 1988 592
Document No. 131 Transcript of Romanian Party Politburo meeting, June 17, 1988 594
Document No. 132 Memorandum of Kulikov-Honecker conversation, June 27, 1988 598
Document No. 133 Romanian proposal for reform of the Warsaw Pact, July 4-8, 1988 600
Document No. 134 Summary of Gorbachev's speech at the Committee Of Ministers Of Defense meeting in Moscow, July 7, 1988 605
Document No. 135 Speech by Gorbachev at the Political Consultative Committee meeting in Warsaw, July 15, 1988 607
Document No. 136 Summary of discussion among defense ministers at the political consultative committee meeting in Warsaw, July 15, 1988 615
Document No. 137 Summary of discussion at the Committee Of Ministers Of Defense meeting in Prague, October 17-18, 1988 618
Document No. 138 East German evaluation of NATO's 1988 exercises, November 15, 1988 621
Document No. 139 Record of conversation between Erich Honecker and the East German defense minister, December 4, 1988 623
Document No. 140 Minutes of the Sofia meeting of the Committee Of Ministers Of Defense, December 17, 1988 626
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