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In a timely and eye opening book Rodric Braithwaite examines the Russian experience in that most recent war in Afghanistan after Alexander's conuests and the many British imperial wars and skirmishes Largely basing his account on Russian sources and interviews he shows the war through the eyes of the Russians themselves politicians officers sold. The gist of this history occurs when Ambassador Braithwaite closes Chapter Nine by summarizing the Soviet military effort in Afghanistan And so the Russians discovered as other armies have discovered in Afghanistan before and since that once you have taken the ground you need troops to hold it They might dominate the towns and the villages by day But the mujahedin would rule them by night They never broke the rebels grip on the countryside or closed the frontier through which the rebels received their supplies Their best efforts military and political went for nothing They eventually had no choice but to disentangle themselves as best they could The book chronicles the Soviets internal and external efforts to extricate their forces from Afghanistan efforts which started just about immediately by the way and the devolving morale of a Soviet public that wasn t supposed to ask detailed uestions about it I think the author has done a fine job of describing what Special Operations Forces and Intelligence units the Soviets sent in this is the best description I ve seen and what the war was like for Afghans both civilians and the muj I think the entire book from the description of the 1979 Presidential Palace Coup to the inclusion of Igor Morozov s 1988 poem that tees up Part III includes a wealth of material unfamiliar to the Western audience and all of it deserves a look given what s happening today in Afghanistan

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Ated mountain outposts The parallels with Afghanistan today speak for themselves 'A superb achievement of narrative history sensitive writing and exciting fresh research' so wrote Simon Sebag Montefiore about Rodric Braithwaite's bestseller Moscow 1941 But those words and many others of praise that were given it could eually apply to his new boo. Spoiler alert The Soviet Politburo was not keen to get directly involved with Afghanistan s political turmoil other than supporting the pro communist government who took over the country But got involved they did and Afghanistan became yet another piece in the Cold War chessboard Afgantsy is about the Russian soldier engineer translator nurse who served in that conflict and the legacy they left behind rise of the Taliban yet another occupation this time by the United States Will that country ever find peace

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Iers advisers journalist women As former ambassador to Moscow Rodric Braithwaite brings his uniue insights to the Soviet war in Afghanistan The story has been distorted not only by Cold War propaganda but also by the myths of the nineteenth century Great Game It moves from the high politics of the Kremlin to the lonely Russian conscripts in isol. A fascinating and educational read


10 thoughts on “Afgantsy

  1. says:

    “Don’t advance on Moscow” is the first rule of warfare according to the late Bernard Montgomery a British F

  2. says:

    The gist of this history occurs when Ambassador Braithwaite closes Chapter Nine by summarizing the Soviet military effort in Afghanistan “And so the Russians discovered as other armies have discovered in Afghanistan before and since that once you have taken the ground you need troops to hold it They might dominate the towns and

  3. says:

    Authoritative book on the Russian Afghan intervention from the Russian perspective The author compares this war with French Algerian American Vietnamese French Vietnamese interventions The Russians tried to implement their w

  4. says:

    Nuanced and sophisticated; this is such a wholesome and very well researched book on the Russian invasion of Afghanistan following the next nine years of occupation Almost all the books I've read before on red army in Afghanistan describes the narrative of Mujaheddin and Pakistan America and CIA's combined help to bring down the soviets Thi

  5. says:

    An outstanding and highly readable account of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan Written by someone familiar with the USSR and Russia this book does not have the feel of many which touch the subject as having a particular partisan agenda to pursue In his treatment and analysis of the Soviet involvement in Afghanistan Braithwaite is fair and unsensational Importantly he looks at the time leading up to the arrival of Soviet forces in

  6. says:

    A fascinating and educational read

  7. says:

    The author of this book was the British ambassador to the USSR and then the Russian Federation but I highly apprec

  8. says:

    Spoiler alert The Soviet Politburo was not keen to get directly involved with Afghanistan's political turmoil oth

  9. says:

    I was a senior in high school when the USSR invaded Afghanistan in December 1979 Shortly thereafter the US boycotted the 1980 Summer Olympics

  10. says:

    Afgantsy is a good book to read about those Russian soldiers who have served in Afghanistn during the former USSR's occupation of the country There are a few accounts that I didn't know before like the death of the first Communist President Noor Mohammad Taraki the coup d'état against Hafizullah Amin etc By reading this book one can say that it is a déjà vu The same scenario is taking place in Afghanistan as the Nato and other coalitio

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