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"Provides a treasure trove of information and analysis."—William E. Odom, author of The Collapse of the Soviet Military and On Internal War
Author Biography: Lester W. Grau, a Vietnam War veteran and retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, is an analyst for the Foreign Military Studies Office at the Army's Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth. He is also the editor and translator of The Bear Went Over the Mountain: Soviet Combat Tactics in Afghanistan and The Other Side of the Mountain: Mujahideen Tactics in the Soviet-Afghan War.
Michael A. Gress is a native of Siberia and a former soldier in the motorized rifle forces of the Soviet Army.
|List of Illustrations||vii|
|General Staff Introduction||1|
|1.||Phases and Course of the Conflict||15|
|2.||Organization, Armament, and Training of the Limited Contingent of Soviet Forces and Government of Afghanistan Armed Forces||35|
|Organization and Equipment of Soviet Forces||35|
|Training of Soviet Forces||42|
|Organization and Training of the Armed Forces of the DRA||48|
|3.||Organization, Armament, and Tactics of the Mujahideen||53|
|5.||Combined Arms Tactics||93|
|Cordons and Searches||106|
|Marches and Convoy Escorts||138|
|6.||Combat Arms Branch Tactics||167|
|Airborne and Air Assault Forces||197|
|8.||Combat Service Support||264|
|Post Exchange, Housing, and Pay||292|
|Appendix 1||40th Army Order of Battle||315|
|Appendix 2||Soviet Artillery Planning||323|
|Key to Map Symbols||353|
|About the Editors||355|
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.
Posted December 28, 2010
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