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Soviet Paratrooper vs Mujahideen Fighter: Afghanistan 1979-89

David Campbell Johnny Shumate

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Osprey Publishing
01 December 2017
History; Military history: post WW2 conflicts; Irregular or guerrilla forces & warfare; Military tactics
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.
By:   David Campbell
Illustrated by:   Johnny Shumate
Imprint:   Osprey Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   29
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 184mm,  Spine: 8mm
Weight:   263g
ISBN:   9781472817648
ISBN 10:   1472817648
Series:   Combat
Pages:   80
Publication Date:   01 December 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David Campbell has worked as a freelance new media producer and content specialist for many years, including roles at IBM, the BBC, various internet consultancies and the civil service. He has a broad range of interests in literature and history, including the Middle Ages, the Napoleonic era, naval warfare, and the genesis of the 'military revolution'. Johnny Shumate works as a freelance illustrator living in Nashville, Tennessee. He began his career in 1987 after graduating from Austin Peay State University. Most of his work is rendered in Adobe Photoshop using a Cintiq monitor. His greatest influences are Angus McBride, Don Troiani and Edouard Detaille.

Reviews for Soviet Paratrooper vs Mujahideen Fighter: Afghanistan 1979-89

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


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