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The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan 1979-89
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 Senate ...more
ebook, 96 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Osprey Publishing
(first published January 1st 2012)
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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 more 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 more about the capture of Kabul by the Taliban in 1996 - - but again - 91 pages isn't much space. I highly recommend this book ...more
Feb 15, 2016 Bruinrefugee rated it liked it · review of another edition
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.
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.
Mar 28, 2013 Sean rated it really liked it · review of another edition
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.