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Afgantsy : the Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-89

Author: Rodric Braithwaite
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The story of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan is well known: the expansionist Communists overwhelmed a poor country as a means of reaching a warm-water port on the Persian Gulf. Afghan mujahideen upset their plans, holding on with little more than natural fighting skills, until CIA agents came to the rescue with American arms. Humiliated in battle, the Soviets hastily retreated. It's a great story, writes Rodric  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Braithwaite, Rodric, 1932-
Afgantsy.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011
(DLC) 2011015052
(OCoLC)709682862
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rodric Braithwaite
ISBN: 9780199832668 0199832668 1283232294 9781283232296 9786613232298 6613232297
OCLC Number: 751995302
Language Note: English.
Notes: "First published in Great Britain in 2011 by Profile Books"--Title page verso.
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 417 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Prologue --
The road to Kabul --
Paradise lost --
The tragedy begins --
The decision to intervene --
The storming of the palace --
Aftermath --
The disasters of war --
The 40th Army goes to war --
The nationbuilders --
Soldiering --
Fighting --
Devastation and disillusion --
The long goodbye --
Going home --
The road to the bridge --
The war continues --
A land fit for heroes --
Epilogue: The reckoning --
Annex 1: Timeline --
Annex 2: Order of battle of the 40th Army --
Annex 3: The Alliance of Seven and its leaders --
Annex 4: Indo-China, Vietnam, Algeria, Afghanistan : a comparison.
Responsibility: Rodric Braithwaite.

Abstract:

The story of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan is well known: the expansionist Communists overwhelmed a poor country as a means of reaching a warm-water port on the Persian Gulf. Afghan mujahideen upset their plans, holding on with little more than natural fighting skills, until CIA agents came to the rescue with American arms. Humiliated in battle, the Soviets hastily retreated. It's a great story, writes Rodric Braithwaite. But it never happened. The Russian conscripts suffered badly from mismanagement and strategic errors, but they were never defeated on the battlefield, and withdrew in.

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