The History of Soviet Airborne Forces

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Taylor & Francis, 1994 - Political Science - 446 pages
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For almost 70 years Soviet and Russian military theorists have been fascinated with the concept of airborne operations. Now Russian theorists tackle the problems posed to such operations by high-precision weaponry. This work, using newly released and formerly classified Soviet and East German archives, provides a detailed record of the performance of Soviet airborne forces during peace and war.
  

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Contents

The Interwar Years 1919 1941
1
The Moscow Operation December 1941January 1942
74
8th Airborne
104
VI
145
4th Airborne
188
1st Airborne Corps Operations
228
Across the Dnepr September 1943
262
To Wars End
289
The First Postwar Years 19461953
322
The Revolution in Military Affairs 19531970
336
On the Threshold of a New Technological
350
On the Eve of the TwentyFirst Century
369
Conclusions
385
Notes
393
APPENDIX 1
424
Index
430

Reconnaissance and Diversionary Operations
305

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About the author (1994)

David M. Glantz and Jonathan M. House have collaborated on all three volumes of the Stalingrad Trilogy, as well as on the books When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler and The Battle of Kursk. A retired U. S. Army colonel fluent in Russian, Glantz is the author of numerous books, including The Battle for Leningrad, 19411944; Colossus Reborn: The Red Army at War, and Red Storm over the Balkans: The Failed Soviet Invasion of Romania. House is the author of Combined Arms Warfare in the Twentieth Century.

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