Spetsnaz: Russia's Special Forces

Spetsnaz: Russia's Special Forces


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472807229
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 06/23/2015
Series: Elite , #206
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 252,883
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Professor Mark Galeotti, formerly senior lecturer in international history at Keele University, is Clinical Professor of Global Affairs, New York University. He is a former Foreign Office adviser on Russian security affairs, and for 15 years (1991-2006) wrote a monthly column on this for Jane's Intelligence Review. The author lives in New York, NY.

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

The Bolshevik Legacy 6

Special Purpose Units and "diversionary troops"

Spain and Finland

Airborne troops

The Great Patriotic War 9

The Partisans


Naval infantry 181st Special Detachment

Cold Warriors 14

GRU Independent Spetsnaz Recon Companies

1950: the first Naval Spetsnaz brigades

1957: the first GRU Spetsnaz battalions

Imperial enforcers: Hungary, 1956, and Czechoslovakia, 1968

The Spetsnaz mystique

Spetsnaz units, 1982

Coming of Age: Afghanistan, 1979-89 20

The "Moslem Battalion" - Operation "Storm-333"

Later deployments

The Spetsnaz war - hunters and raiders

After Afghanistan: Georgia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan

Spetsnaz Since the End of the Ussr 29

Uncertainties and reductions

Chechnya: First Chechen War, 1994-96

Second Chechen War, 1999-2002

The Kadyrovtsy - the Vostok Battalion

The Modern Spetsnaz 38

Georgia, 2008

Special Operations Command

The GRU embattled, 2010-13

Organization, 2014 - recruitment and training

Crimea and Ukraine, 2014

The "other Spetsnaz"

The future

Weapons & Equipment 56

Small arms - support weapons - personal kit - close combat

Underwater equipment

Select Bibliography 63

Index 64

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