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Soviet Paratrooper vs Mujahideen Fighter

Afghanistan 1979-89. Combat 29

By (author) David Campbell
Illustrated by Johnny Shumate
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, United Kingdom
Imprint: Osprey Publishing
Published: 30th Nov 2017
Dimensions: w 185mm h 250mm d 6mm
Weight: 263g
ISBN-10: 1472817648
ISBN-13: 9781472817648
Barcode No: 9781472817648
In 1979 the Soviet Union moved from military `help' to active intervention in Afghanistan. Four-fifths of the Afghan National Army deserted in the first year of the war, which, compounded with the spread and intensification of the rebellion led by the formidable guerrilla fighters of the Mujahideen, forced the Soviets to intensify their involvement. The Soviet army was in generally poor condition when the war started, but the troops of the airborne and air assault units were better trained and equipped. As a result they developed aggressive, sometimes effective tactics against an enemy that refused to behave the way most Soviet commanders wished him to. Featuring specially commissioned artwork, this absorbing study examines the origins, combat role and battlefield performance of the Soviet Union's paratroopers and their Mujahideen adversaries during the long and bloody Soviet involvement in Afghanistan during the 1980s.

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"I really, really loved this book, as an active duty infantry NCO I have deployed Afghanistan 3 times and believe it or not the ghosts of the once mighty soviet military still haunt and paint a sober image of what happened there from the old rusting tank, bmp and hind hulks littering the country sides and landscape, the minefields that still claim civilian and military lives, and the marked/unmarked graves of Soviet and Mujahedeen fighters." - IPMS / USA