Soviet High Command: A Military-Political History, 1918-1941 / Edition 3

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"A documentary history of the earliest origins and formative years of the Workers-Peasants Red Army from the Civil War to the initial disasters of the war with Germany, the Great Patriotic War, culminating in the "battle for Moscow" in November-December 1941." "The study makes extensive use of Soviet military histories, specialist military monograhs, Red Army regulations, military manuals and handbooks, memoirs, documentary collections on Soviet military organization and Army-Party relations. Unpublished captured German military documents describe the secret Red Army-Reichswehr collaboration. Japanese Army records provide detailed information on the Soviet military build-up in the Far East." "The "Tukhachevskii Affair" is investigated together with Stalin's murderous military purge and its consequences for the Red Army. Poor Soviet performance in the "Winter War" with Finland prompted hasty reforms, but neither reorganization nor rearmament was complete before the German invasion in June 1941. First suffering catastrophic loss inflicted by the Wehrmacht, the Red Army had recovered sufficiently by December 1941 to defend Moscow and to counter-attack."--BOOK JACKET.
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This study documents the history of the Workers-Peasants Red Army from its origins in the post-revolutionary Civil War to the battle for Moscow in December 1941. Drawing from Soviet military histories, specialist monographs, Red Army publications, memoirs, and documentary collections on Soviet military organization and Army-Party relations, Erickson (emeritus, defense studies, U. or Edinburgh) considers such events as the secret collaboration with the Reichswehr, the military build-up in the Far East, the Tukhachevsky affair, Stalinist purges, and the Winter War in Finland. This edition features a new preface by the author. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714651781
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Series: Soviet Military Experience Series
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 928
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction - the origins of a new army
Pt. 1 The revolutionary military command, 1918-1920
The creation of the Soviet military machine
The formation of the Soviet Command, 1918-1920
Before the gates of Warsaw, 1920
Pt. 2 Military debates and political decisions, 1921-1926
The struggle for control of the Army
Towards collaboration with the Reichswehr
The reign of Frunz and the rise of Voroshilov, 1924-1926
Pt. 3 Foreign adventures and strategic priorities
The Soviet re-entry into the Far East: the problem of Japan and China
Military and naval trafficking with Germany
Soviet preoccupations with war
Pt. 4 The politics of mechanization
The reaction to threats from east and west
A brief triumph, 1934-1935
Plots and counter-plots
Pt. 5 The military purge and the reconstruction of command
The killings, 1937
Exeunt omnes
The race with time, 1939-1940
Pt. 6 The beginning of the ordeal, 1941
"We are being fired on. What shall we do?"
The battle for Moscow - November-December 1941
The prospect
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