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Coleridge's assertion that 'if men could learn from history, what lessons it might teach us' should have been on the lips of current affairs reporters and in the minds of military leaders and politicians as the terrorist attacks of September 2001 led to the ferocious assault on Afghanistan. In the event, the media chose to barely make mention of the fact that the British Army had fought in that country on three occasion in the previous 160 years and the awesome repercussions felt by the Soviet Union after its ...
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Overview

Coleridge's assertion that 'if men could learn from history, what lessons it might teach us' should have been on the lips of current affairs reporters and in the minds of military leaders and politicians as the terrorist attacks of September 2001 led to the ferocious assault on Afghanistan. In the event, the media chose to barely make mention of the fact that the British Army had fought in that country on three occasion in the previous 160 years and the awesome repercussions felt by the Soviet Union after its ill-considered invasion in 1982 were chiefly referred to by way of snide comment and innuendo. One wondered when the historical perspective was to enter the equation. This book first appeared in 1993 and is now updated and expanded with the precise aim of providing the all-important historical background to the current pre-occupation with Afghanistan. This new printing will enable discussion to be more informed, tactics and strategy more soundly evaluated, and comment grounded in fact rather than assumption and hearsay.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857533088
  • Publisher: Brassey's UK, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
List of Maps
Chronology
1 The First Anglo-Afghan War: 1839-42 1
2 The Second Anglo-Afghan War: 1878-81 29
3 The Third Anglo-Afghan War: 1919 50
4 Afghan Political Development 72
5 The Soviet Military Invasion: 1979 89
6 The Mujahideen: 1982-83 115
7 The Long Haul: 1984-85 135
8 The Soviets Change Horses: 1986 150
9 The Year of the Stinger: 1987 162
10 Soviet Military Withdrawal: 1988-89 177
11 Civil War 197
12 The Elusive Peace 216
13 The Taliban 241
14 Which Way Ahead 259
Abbreviations 263
Bibliography 265
Index 267
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