The Soviet-Afghan War 1979-89

Gregory Fremont-Barnes

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The Soviet-Afghan War 1979-89

The Soviet-Afghan War 1979-89 By Gregory Fremont-Barnes The Soviet Afghan War The Soviet invasion of neighbouring Afghanistan in December sparked a bloody nine year conflict with the Mujahideen until Soviet forces withdrew in dooming the communist Afghanistan gove

  • Title: The Soviet-Afghan War 1979-89
  • Author: Gregory Fremont-Barnes
  • ISBN: 9781849088053
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Soviet-Afghan War 1979-89 By Gregory Fremont-Barnes The Soviet invasion of neighbouring Afghanistan in December 1979 sparked a bloody nine year conflict with the Mujahideen until Soviet forces withdrew in 1988 89, dooming the communist Afghanistan government to defeat by Afghan popular resistance backed by the USA and other powers The Soviet invasion had enormous implications on the global stage it prompted the US SenateThe Soviet invasion of neighbouring Afghanistan in December 1979 sparked a bloody nine year conflict with the Mujahideen until Soviet forces withdrew in 1988 89, dooming the communist Afghanistan government to defeat by Afghan popular resistance backed by the USA and other powers The Soviet invasion had enormous implications on the global stage it prompted the US Senate to refuse to ratify the hard won SALT II arms limitation treaty, and the USA and 64 other countries boycotted the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics For Afghanistan, the invasion served to prolong the interminable civil war that pitted central government against the regions and faction against faction The country remains locked in conflict over 30 years later, with no end in sight.For over a year before the invasion the communist Afghan government, installed following a coup and intent on forcibly modernizing the country s civil law in the face of centuries of feudal practices, had called for Soviet armed assistance in its efforts to overcome the open rebellion of the Mujahideen Fearing the international consequences should the Afghan government be toppled, the Soviets decided to invade From the outset, though, they failed to understand that communist principles were incompatible with traditional tribal relationships especially in a country notorious for its poor communications and resistance to centralization.The Soviets found that their forces, largely made up of conscripts untrained in mountain warfare and counter insurgency and deploying conventional weapons such as tanks and helicopters could not defeat guerrillas enjoying the support of both the local population and powerful foreign allies such as the USA, and operating in harsh mountainous and or desert terrain that favoured the defenders The Soviets decided to stage a phased withdrawal of their own forces and concentrated on building up the Afghan government forces, but the Mujahideen soon prevailed, ushering in a new era dominated by the Taliban, an Islamist militia group that controlled large parts of the country from the mid 1990s.Featuring specially drawn mapping and drawing upon a wide range of sources, this succinct account explains the origins, history and consequences of the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, thereby shedding new light on the recent history and prospects of that troubled country.
    The Soviet-Afghan War 1979-89 By Gregory Fremont-Barnes Soviet invasion of Afghanistan Summary Facts Britannica Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, military action carried out in late December by Soviet troops The Soviet Union intervened in support of the Afghan communist government in its conflict with anti communist Muslim guerrillas during the Afghan War and remained in Afghanistan The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan and the U.S Response The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan and the U.S Response, At the end of December , the Soviet Union sent thousands of troops into Afghanistan and immediately assumed complete military and political control of Kabul and large portions of the country. Afghan The Soviet Experience Journeyman Jun , The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was the USSR s Vietnam The reflection of the soldiers in this documentary is similar as seen from soldiers from the USA in Vietnam towards it s closing days Political wars tend to end badly, and it s felt by the soldiers, who put up with the crap for years. Soviet Afghan War Conservapedia Soviet war in Afghanistan Facts for Kids The Soviet Afghan War How a Superpower Fought and Lost Sep , The Red Army had fought their war to a military draw but that was not enough to stave off political defeat at home The Soviet Afghan War helps clarify how such a surprising demise could have materialized in the backyard of the Cold War s other great superpower.

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    One thought on “The Soviet-Afghan War 1979-89

    1. Alan on said:

      An eighteen year civil war ten of which involved the Soviets packed into 91 pages difficult at best to put everything in so small a space I liked it, though I didn t find it boring and it gave me a good overview of what happened If I want details I ll find a 300 page book on it but for right now this book did it for me I wish it talked a little about the capture of Kabul by the Taliban in 1996 but again 91 pages isn t much space I highly recommend this book if you want a crash course.

    2. Bruinrefugee on said:

      A decent primer on this important conflict that in many ways decided the Cold War and that frames the last decade for the US, particularly it s wars abroad Due to the length of the conflict, the shortness of space and the irregular nature of the war, this is not a blow by blow recounting, but it is a helpful overview.

    3. Nick on said:

      Well written, lots of pretty maps and diagrams and photos A solid short intro text Seems like the Russians really goofed this one up.

    4. Mehmet AkifKoc on said:

      Well written summary of the Soviet Afghan relations and 1979 89 invasion Also provides the sui generis characteristics of the Afghan people, country and geography that create the proper conditions for resistance against the foreign invaders since Alexander, Mongols, Persians, Britons and finally Russians, as well as the Americans and other potential invaders The inside maps and photographs are also well selected.

    5. Sean on said:

      A general overview of the Soviet War effort in Afghanistan and what went wrong with it, which was nearly everything It is covering a large subject in a small amount of pages so it is of necessity generalize but provides a good first look at what happened and why.

    6. Jonathan on said:

      Fairly poor for Osprey to be honest The pictures were excellent, the information not so much, just felt like it needed .

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