The Soviet-Afghan War 1979-89 [NOOK Book]

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The Soviet invasion of its neighbour Afghanistan in December 1979 sparked a bloody nine-year conflict in that country until Soviet forces withdrew in 1988-89, dooming the communist Afghanistan government to defeat at the hands of the Mujahideen, the Afghan popular resistance backed by the USA and other powers. The Soviet invasion had enormous implications on the global stage; it prompted the US Senate to refuse to ratify the hard-won SALT II arms-limitation treaty, and the USA and 64 other countries boycotted the...

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Overview

The Soviet invasion of its neighbour Afghanistan in December 1979 sparked a bloody nine-year conflict in that country until Soviet forces withdrew in 1988-89, dooming the communist Afghanistan government to defeat at the hands of the Mujahideen, the Afghan popular resistance backed by the USA and other powers. The Soviet invasion had enormous implications on the global stage; it prompted the US Senate to refuse to ratify the hard-won SALT II arms-limitation treaty, and the USA and 64 other countries boycotted the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics. For Afghanistan, the invasion served to prolong the interminable civil war that pitted central government against the regions and faction against faction. The country remains locked in conflict over 30 years later, with no end in sight.

Featuring specially drawn mapping and drawing upon a wide range of sources, this succinct account explains the origins, history and consequences of the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, thereby shedding new light on the more recent history - and prospects - of that troubled country.

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"...a winning pick for any modern military analysis."
- The Midwest Book Review (February 2013)

"The author does a superb job of telling the story of the Soviet-Afghan war. He covers how it was in Afghanistan before the Soviets became interested, how the Soviets poured money and resources into trying to make Afghanistan another communist country, how it failed, how the military was sent in, what they dealt with and how they tried to change things. It seems very familiar. They also failed. It is a fascinating look into a culture few truly understand and it shows what went wrong and why. An excellent read that anyone with even a passing interest in the subject will want to read. Chock full of photos and maps, it is highly recommended."
- Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness (March 2013)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780961200
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/20/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 650,099
  • File size: 36 MB
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Meet the Author

Gregory Fremont-Barnes holds a doctorate in Modern History from Oxford University and serves as a Senior Lecturer in War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, dividing his work between teaching cadets on site and commissioned officers of the British Army posted to garrisons throughout the UK and abroad. He is the author of numerous titles for Osprey, including ESS 040: The Anglo-Afghan Wars 1839-1919.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Chronology 13

Background to war: The genesis of Afghan-Russian relations 18

Warring sides: Moscow and the mujahideen 22

Outbreak: Insurgency and intervention 31

The fighting: A war without fronts 37

Portrait of a soldier: Vladislav Tamarov, 103rd (Soviet) Guards Air Assault Division 63

The world around war: A glimpse of rural Afghanistan 68

Portrait of a civilian: Arthur Bonner; New York Times journalist 75

How the war ended: UN diplomacy and Soviet withdrawal 80

Conclusion and consequences 86

Bibliography and further reading 92

Index 94

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