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Rollback - The Red Army's Winter Offensive Along the Southwestern Strategic Direction, 1942-43 (Paperback): Soviet General... Rollback - The Red Army's Winter Offensive Along the Southwestern Strategic Direction, 1942-43 (Paperback)
Soviet General Staff; Edited by Richard W. Harrison; Usa
R1,045 R744 Discovery Miles 7 440 Save R301 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Rollback: The Red Army's Winter Offensive along the Southwestern Strategic Direction, 1942-43 covers the period from mid-December 1942 to mid-February 1943, one of the most critical periods of the war on the Eastern Front. It was here that following the encirclement of an entire German army at Stalingrad, the Soviets sought to take advantage of the ruptured Axis front in southern Russia to finish off the Germans' Italian and Hungarian allies and liberate the economically vital areas of eastern Ukraine. This study is drawn from a number of wartime and postwar articles, published by the General Staff's directorate for the study of wartime experience. Also featured are documents relating to the operational-strategic conduct of the various operations, which were compiled and published after the fall of the Soviet Union. Several articles deal with the preparation for and conduct of the Southwestern Front's Middle Don operation of December 1942. Originally intended as an ambitious offensive to cut off the German forces in the North Caucasus by driving on to Rostov, the operation was later reoriented to meet the threat of the German effort to relieve Stalingrad. The offensive not only accomplished its objective of turning back the German attack, thus dooming the Stalingrad garrison, but also destroyed the Italian army in the East as well. The Soviet Voronezh Front then struck further up the Don River, and in the Ostrogozhsk-Rossosh' operation destroyed what remained of the Italian forces in the area, as well as the Hungarian army. This enabled the Red Army to capture Khar'kov and push nearly to the Dnepr River by mid-February, before being thrown back by a skillful German counteroffensive. The territorial results of this operation set the stage for the front's subsequent Voronezh-Kastornoe operation, which enabled the Soviets to push as far west as Kursk before exhaustion and growing German resistance brought the offensive to a halt. Further to the south, the Soviets were able to capture Voroshilovgrad and penetrate into the industrial Donets Basin. The book also contains a detailed Soviet examination of the employment of tank and mechanized corps during the campaign. The conclusions reached here had a direct bearing on the restructuring of the Red Army's tank armies in time for the summer campaign of 1943.

The Soviet-Afghan War - How a Superpower Fought and Lost (Paperback): Lester W. Grau, Michael A. Gress The Soviet-Afghan War - How a Superpower Fought and Lost (Paperback)
Lester W. Grau, Michael A. Gress; Translated by Lester W. Grau, Michael A. Gress; The Russian General Staff
R556 Discovery Miles 5 560 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The War in Afghanistan (1979-1989) has been called "the Soviet Union's Vietnam War," a conflict that pitted Soviet regulars against a relentless, elusive, and ultimately unbeatable Afghan guerrilla force (the mujahideen). The hit-and-run bloodletting across the war's decade tallied more than 25,000 dead Soviet soldiers plus a great many more casualties and further demoralized a USSR on the verge of disintegration.

In "The Soviet-Afghan War" the Russian general staff takes a close critical look at the Soviet military's disappointing performance in that war in an effort to better understand what happened and why and what lessons should be taken from it. Lester Grau and Michael Gress's expert English translation of the general staff's study offers the very first publication in any language of this important and illuminating work.

Surprisingly, this was a study the general staff never intended to write, initially viewing the war in Afghanistan as a dismal aberration in Russian military history. The history of the 1990s has, of course, completely demolished that belief, as evidenced by the Russian Army's subsequent engagements with guerrilla forces in Chechnya, Azerbaijan, Tadjikistan, Turkmenistan, and elsewhere. As a result, Russian officers decided to take a much closer look at the Red Army's experiences in the Afghan War.

Their study presents the Russian view of how the war started, how it progressed, and how it ended; shows how a modern mechanized army organized and conducted a counter-guerrilla war; chronicles the major battles and operations; and provides valuable insights into Soviet tactics, strategy, doctrine, and organization across a wide array of military branches. The editors' incisive preface and commentary help contextualize the Russian view and alert the reader to blind spots in the general staff's thinking about the war.

This one-of-a-kind document provides a powerful case study on how yet another modern mechanized army imprudently relied upon the false promise of technology to defeat a determined guerrilla foe. Along the way, it vividly reveals the increasing disillusionment of Soviet soldiers, how that disillusion seeped back into Soviet society, and how it contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union. 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.


The Battle of Kursk - The Red Army's Defensive Operations and Counter-Offensive, July-August 1943 (Paperback): Soviet... The Battle of Kursk - The Red Army's Defensive Operations and Counter-Offensive, July-August 1943 (Paperback)
Soviet General Staff; Edited by Richard W. Harrison; Usa
R1,041 R740 Discovery Miles 7 400 Save R301 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Battle of Kursk: The Red Army's Defensive Operations and Counter- Offensive, July-August 1943, offers a peculiarly Soviet view of one of the Second World War's most critical events. While the Germans defeats at Moscow and Stalingrad showed that Hitler could not win the war in the East, the outcome of Kursk demonstrated beyond a doubt that he would lose it. This study was compiled by the Red Army General Staff's military-historical directorate, which was charged with collecting and analyzing the war's experience, and issued as an internal document in 1946-47. The study languished for more than a half-century, before being published in Russia in 2006, although heavily supplemented by commentary and other information not contained in the original. The present work omits these additions, while supplying its own commentary in places deemed necessary. The book is divided into two parts, dealing with the defensive and offensive phases of the battle, respectively. The first begins with a strategic overview of the situation along the Eastern Front by the spring and summer of 1943 and the Soviet decision to stand on the defensive. This is followed by a detailed examination of the Central Front's efforts to counter the expected German attack out of the Orel salient, and the Voronezh Front's attempts to do the same against the German concentrations in the Belgorod-Khar'kov area. The rest of this section is devoted to an exceedingly detailed day-by-day, tactical-operational account of the struggle, particularly along the southern face of the salient, where the Germans came closest to succeeding. The second part will be more of a revelation to the Western reader, who is likely to be more familiar with the defensive phase of the battle. Here the authors once again, in great detail, lay out the Red Army's preparations for and conduct of a massive counteroffensive to clear the Orel salient, which soon degenerated to a grinding struggle, which while ultimately successful, cost the Soviets dearly. Likewise, the authors detail the Voronezh Front's preparations to reduce the Belgorod salient and seize the industrial center of Khar'kov. This offensive, in conjunction with a simultaneous offensive in the Donets industrial region, pushed the German lines to the breaking point and set the stage for the follow-on advance to the Dnepr River and the eventual liberation of Ukraine.

The Contribution of the Royal Bavarian Army to the War of 1866 (Hardcover): Bavarian General Staff The Contribution of the Royal Bavarian Army to the War of 1866 (Hardcover)
Bavarian General Staff
R1,350 R933 Discovery Miles 9 330 Save R417 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Bavarian army which fought the War of 1866 was not greatly distinguished for its performance, but a translation of the Bavarian general staff history of the war is a document which should be available in English, since it gives an official analysis of the conflict. The narrative presents a detailed account of the mobilization of the army, and its actions against the Prussians during July 1866. Moreover, the work contains appendices which present an order of battle, the authorized strengths of the formations, and extensive tables of strengths and casualties for all of the actions,. As such these are valuable. The original text is complimented by translator Stuart Sutherland's additional explanatory notes, as well as an extensive guide to further reading added by Duncan Rogers.

Opportunities Lost - Prelude to Chickamauga (Paperback): U S Army Command and General Staff Coll Opportunities Lost - Prelude to Chickamauga (Paperback)
U S Army Command and General Staff Coll; Edited by Penny Hill Press Inc
R306 Discovery Miles 3 060 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Confederate High Command at Shiloh (Paperback): U S Army Command and General Staff Coll The Confederate High Command at Shiloh (Paperback)
U S Army Command and General Staff Coll; Edited by Penny Hill Press Inc
R305 Discovery Miles 3 050 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Confederate Defense of Vicksburg - A Case Study of the Principles of the Offensive in the Defense (Paperback): U S Army... The Confederate Defense of Vicksburg - A Case Study of the Principles of the Offensive in the Defense (Paperback)
U S Army Command and General Staff Coll
R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Chickasaw Bayou Campaign (Paperback): U S Army Command and General Staff Coll The Chickasaw Bayou Campaign (Paperback)
U S Army Command and General Staff Coll
R319 Discovery Miles 3 190 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Art of War Papers - Jakarta Knows Best: US Defense Policies and Security Cooperation in 1950s Indonesia (Paperback): US Army... Art of War Papers - Jakarta Knows Best: US Defense Policies and Security Cooperation in 1950s Indonesia (Paperback)
US Army Command and General Staff Colleg, Army University Press, Richard W B Hutton
R318 Discovery Miles 3 180 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
For Man and Country - Atheist Chaplains in the US Army? (Paperback): US Army Command and General Staff Colleg, Valeria R Van... For Man and Country - Atheist Chaplains in the US Army? (Paperback)
US Army Command and General Staff Colleg, Valeria R Van Dress
R392 Discovery Miles 3 920 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Large-Scale Combat Operations - The Division Fight (Paperback): Dennis S Burket Large-Scale Combat Operations - The Division Fight (Paperback)
Dennis S Burket; Foreword by Jim Dunivan; US Army Command and General Staff Colleg
R511 Discovery Miles 5 110 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Art of War Papers - Inside the Sea Dragon: The Generations Within the Current People's Liberation Army Navy Officer Corps... Art of War Papers - Inside the Sea Dragon: The Generations Within the Current People's Liberation Army Navy Officer Corps (Paperback)
Brian Juskiewicz, US Army Command and General Staff Colleg
R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Art of War Papers - Initiative Within the Philosophy of Auftragstaktik (Paperback): Martin Sonnenberger, US Army Command and... Art of War Papers - Initiative Within the Philosophy of Auftragstaktik (Paperback)
Martin Sonnenberger, US Army Command and General Staff Colleg
R253 Discovery Miles 2 530 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Cavalry Service Regulations, United States Army (experimental). 1914 (Paperback): United States. War Dept, United States War... Cavalry Service Regulations, United States Army (experimental). 1914 (Paperback)
United States. War Dept, United States War Dept General Staff
R524 Discovery Miles 5 240 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Technical Notes Of Coast Artillery Target Practice (Paperback): United States Adjutant General's Office, United States War... Technical Notes Of Coast Artillery Target Practice (Paperback)
United States Adjutant General's Office, United States War Dept General Staff
R297 Discovery Miles 2 970 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Cavalry Service Regulations, United States Army (experimental). 1914 (Hardcover): United States. War Dept, United States War... Cavalry Service Regulations, United States Army (experimental). 1914 (Hardcover)
United States. War Dept, United States War Dept General Staff
R802 Discovery Miles 8 020 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Inside the Sea Dragon - The Generations Within the Current People's Liberation Army Navy Officer Corps (Paperback): Brian... Inside the Sea Dragon - The Generations Within the Current People's Liberation Army Navy Officer Corps (Paperback)
Brian Juskiewicz, US Army Command and General Staff Colleg
R321 Discovery Miles 3 210 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Technical Notes of Coast Artillery Target Practice (Hardcover): United States Adjutant General's Office, United States War... Technical Notes of Coast Artillery Target Practice (Hardcover)
United States Adjutant General's Office, United States War Dept General Staff
R638 Discovery Miles 6 380 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Technical Notes Of Coast Artillery Target Practice (Hardcover): United States War Dept General Staff Technical Notes Of Coast Artillery Target Practice (Hardcover)
United States War Dept General Staff
R734 Discovery Miles 7 340 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Economic Mobilization Of The United States For The War Of 1917 - A Preliminary Memorandum Prepared At The Request Of The... Economic Mobilization Of The United States For The War Of 1917 - A Preliminary Memorandum Prepared At The Request Of The Central Bureau Of Planning And Statistics By The Economic Mobilization Section. Historical Branch, War Plans Division, General (Hardcover)
United States War Dept General Staff
R638 Discovery Miles 6 380 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Technical Notes And Extracts From Reports Of Coast Artillery Practice (Paperback): General Staff Corps Technical Notes And Extracts From Reports Of Coast Artillery Practice (Paperback)
General Staff Corps
R584 Discovery Miles 5 840 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Economic Mobilization Of The United States For The War Of 1917 - A Preliminary Memorandum Prepared At The Request Of The... Economic Mobilization Of The United States For The War Of 1917 - A Preliminary Memorandum Prepared At The Request Of The Central Bureau Of Planning And Statistics By The Economic Mobilization Section. Historical Branch, War Plans Division, General (Paperback)
United States War Dept General Staff
R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Technical Notes Of Coast Artillery Target Practice (Paperback): United States Adjutant General's Office, United States War... Technical Notes Of Coast Artillery Target Practice (Paperback)
United States Adjutant General's Office, United States War Dept General Staff
R393 Discovery Miles 3 930 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Technical Notes Of Coast Artillery Target Practice (Hardcover): United States Adjutant General's Office, United States War... Technical Notes Of Coast Artillery Target Practice (Hardcover)
United States Adjutant General's Office, United States War Dept General Staff
R670 Discovery Miles 6 700 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Technical Notes of Coast Artillery Target Practice (Paperback): United States Adjutant General's Office, United States War... Technical Notes of Coast Artillery Target Practice (Paperback)
United States Adjutant General's Office, United States War Dept General Staff
R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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