The Bear Went Over the Mountain: Soviet Combat Tactics in Afghanistan (Google eBook)

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Lester W. Grau
DIANE Publishing, 1996 - History - 223 pages
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counterinsurgency punctuated by moments of heady excitement and terror. Colonel Grau, the editor and translator, has added his own commentary to produce a useful guide for commanders to meet the challenges of this kind of war and to help keep his fellow soldiers alive. This book will also be of interest to the historian and general reader, who will discover that advances in technology have had little impact on this kind of war, and that many of the same tactics the British Army used on the Northwest Frontier still apply today.

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Review: The Bear Went Over the Mountain: Soviet Combat Tactics in Afghanistan (Soviet (Russian) Study of War)

User Review  - Dave Beeman - Goodreads

How the Soviets messed up the Afghan experience in a series of vignettes written by the Russian commanders. Each vignette is followed by comments from the Frunze Academy (Order of Lenin and the ... Read full review

Review: The Bear Went Over the Mountain: Soviet Combat Tactics in Afghanistan (Soviet (Russian) Study of War)

User Review  - Shannon Drake - Goodreads

Interesting, if fairly dry, take on the Soviet campaign in Afghanistan. Worthwhile read if you're thinking of joining the wreckage of empires but my takeaway is "If you're thinking of fighting in Afghanistan, don't." Read full review

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Page 124 - Lenin, the Order of the Red Banner, the Order of the Red Star and the Order for Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR (Third Class), and many medals.
Page 66 - This Report shows that Zabotin successfully fulfilled many of the tasks assigned to him. His superiors in Moscow were obviously satisfied with his work in Canada, for in August, 1945, he was awarded two Orders or Decorations, the Order of the RED BANNER, and the Order of the RED STAR, which, as Gouzenko said, "are given for good organization work". The Chief of General Intelligence telegraphed Zabotin to congratulate him on these awards and added: "I wish you further success in your honourable work".
Page xix - Scott R. McMichael, Stumbling Bear: Soviet Military Performance in Afghanistan, London: Brassey's 1991, p. 10; and Boris Gromov, Ogranichennyy kontingent [Limited contingent], Moscow: Progress, 1994, p. 172. 2 Manuscript of Aleksandr Lyakhovskiy, Tragediya I doblest...
Page 5 - There were three types of dry rations. The first contained a can of meat, some crackers or toast, some jam and a tea bag. The second contained two cans of meat mixed with oatmeal. The third contained a can of meat and a can of vegetables or fruit (ed.).
Page xiv - Soviets who served during the 10-year war. Far more telling were the 469,685 other casualties, fully 73 percent of the overall force, who were wounded or incapacitated by serious illness. Some 415,932 troops fell victim to disease, of which 115,308 suffered from infectious hepatitis and 31,080 from typhoid fever. Beyond the sheer magnitude of these numbers is what the figures say about Soviet military hygiene and the conditions surrounding troop life. These numbers are unheard of in modern armies...
Page xiv - ... a microcosm for the internal weakness of the society as a whole. According to one study: The messages of doubt were military, political, ethnic, and social. In the end they were corrosive and destructive. One needs only review the recently released casualty figures to underscore the persuasiveness of the problem. Soviet dead and missing in Afghanistan amounted to almost 15,000 troops, a modest percent of the 642,000 Soviets who served during the 10-year war.
Page 42 - Afghan government and were responsible for detecting and eradicating domestic political opposition, subverting the mujahideen, penetrating opposition groups abroad and providing military intelligence to the armed forces through its military wing. The KHAD was patterned after the KGB and GRU and apparently reported to the KGB (ed.).
Page 40 - BTR or bronetransporter is an eight-wheeled armored personnel carrier that can carry up to an 11-man squad. It mounts 14.5mm and 7.62mm machine guns and can carry antitank weapons as well. The BTR and BMP were the most-common infantry carriers of the Soviet Forces (ed.).
Page 140 - BMD or boevaya mashìna desanta is an air-dropable, armored personnel carrier that carries up to nine men (usually a maximum of seven). It has the same turret as the BMP, so the BMD-1 has the 73mm cannon of the BMP-1, while the BMD-2 has the 30mm chain gun of the BMP-2.
Page xviii - Union reportedly killed 1.3 million people and forced five and a half million Afghans (a third of the prewar population) to leave the country as refugees. Another two million Afghans were forced to migrate within the country.

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