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Types of Division,The Invisible Divisions, Why is a Military District commanded by a Colonel General in peacetime but only. by a Major General in wartime, The System for Evacuating the Politburo from the Kremlin. Part V Strategy and tactics,The Axe Theory,The Strategic Offensive. Operation Detente,Rear Supplies,Part VI Equipment,What sort of weapons. Learning from Mistakes,When will we be able to dispense with the tank.
The Flying Tank,The Most Important Weapon,Why are Anti tank Guns not self propelled. The Favourite Weapon,Why do Calibres vary,Secrets Secrets Secrets. How much does all this cost,Copying Weapons,Part VII The soldier s lot. Building Up,How to avoid being called up, If you can t we ll teach you if you don t want to we ll make you. 1 441 Minutes,Day after day,Why does a soldier need to read a map.
The Training of Sergeants,The Corrective System,Part VIII The officer s path. How to control them,How much do you drink in your spare time. Drop in and we ll have a chat,Who becomes a Soviet officer and why. Higher Military Training Colleges,Duties and Military Ranks. Military Academies,Conclusion, The book Inside the Soviet Army is written under the name of Viktor Suvorov.
As a defector under sentence of death in the USSR the author does not use his own. name and has chosen instead that of one of the most famous of Russian generals. This is a book that should command wide attention not only in the armed forces of. the free world but among the general public as well It is an account of the structure. composition operational method and general outlook of the Soviet military in the. context of the Communist regime in the USSR and the party s total dominion not only. over the Soviet Union but over the client states of the Warsaw Pact as well. The book starts with a survey of the higher military leadership and an analysis of. the types of armed services and of the organization of Soviet Army formation An. examination of the Red Army s mobilization system that follows is of particular. interest The chapters that follow on strategy and tactics and on equipment are also of. high interest The first on operational method emphasizes the supreme importance. attached in Soviet military thinking to the offensive and the swift exploitation of. success Defensive action is hardly studied at all except as an aspect of attack The. second on equipment examines Soviet insistence on simplicity in design and shows. how equipment of high technical complexity the T 72 tank for instance is also. developed in another form radically simplified in what the author calls the monkey. model for swift wartime production The last two chapters on The Soldiers Lot. and The Officer s Role will be found by many to be the most valuable and revealing. of the whole book We have here not so much a description of what the Red. Army looks like from the outside but what it feels like inside. This book is based on the author s fifteen years of regular service in the Soviet. Army in troop command and on the staff which included command of a motor rifle. company in the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 About this he has written another. book The Liberators which is a spirited account of life in the Red Army highly. informative in a painless sort of way and often very funny There is rather less to. laugh at in this book than in that one Viktor Suvorov writes here in deadly earnest. There is no doubt at all of the author s right to claim unquestioned authority on. matters which he as a junior officer could be expected to know about at firsthand. and in great detail Nevertheless not everyone would agree with everything he has to. say Though I know him personally rather well Viktor Suvorov is aware that I cannot. myself go all the way with him in some of his arguments and I am sometimes bound. to wonder whether he is always interpreting the evidence correctly. Having said this however I hasten to add something that seems to be of overriding. importance The value of this book which in my view is high derives as much from its. apparent weaknesses as from its clearly evident strengths and perhaps even more. The author is a young highly trained professional officer with very considerable troop. service behind him as well as staff training He went through the Frunze Military. Academy to which almost all the Red Army s elite officers are sent and was. thereafter employed as a staff officer He tells the reader how he being what he is. that is to say a product of the Soviet Army and the society it serves judges the. military machine created in the Soviet Union under Marxism Leninism and how he. responded to it He found that he could take no more of the inefficiency corruption. and blatant dishonesty of a regime which claimed to represent its people but had. slaughtered millions of them to sustain its own absolute supremacy. It would be unwise to suppose that what is found in this book is peculiar only to the. visions and opinions of one young officer who might not necessarily be typical of the. group as a whole It might be sensible to suppose that if this is the way the scene has. been observed analyzed and reported on by one Red Army officer of his generation. there is a high probability that others and probably very many others would see. things in much the same way Where he may seem to some readers to get it wrong. both in his conclusion about his own army and his opinions on military matters in the. Western world he is almost certainly representing views very widely held in his own. service Thus it is just as important to take note of points upon which the reader may. think the author is mistaken as it is to profit from his observation on those parts of. the scene which he is almost uniquely fitted to judge. This book should not therefore be regarded as no more than an argument. deployed in a debate to be judged on whether the argument is thought to be wrong. or right Its high importance lies far more in the disclosure of what Soviet officers are. taught and how they think This window opened into the armed forces of the Soviet. Union is up to the present time unique of its kind as far as I am aware Every. serving officer in the Western world should read it whether he agrees with what he. reads or not and particularly if he does not All politicians should read it and so. should any member of the public who takes seriously the threat of a third world war. and wonders about the makeup and outlook of the armed forces in the free world s. main adversary,General Sir John Hackett,The Higher Military Leadership. Why did the Soviet Tanks not threaten Romania, It looked as though the soldiers had laid a very large very heavy carpet at the. bottom of the wooded ravine A group of us infantry and tank officers looked at their. work from a slope high above them with astonishment exchanging wild ideas about. the function of the dappled greyish green carpet which gleamed dully in the sun. It s a container for diesel fuel said the commander of a reconnaissance party. confidently putting an end to the argument, He was right When the heavy sheeting as large as the hull of an airship was. finally unfolded a number of grubby looking soldiers laid a network of field pipelines. through our battalion position, All night long they poured liquid fuel into the container Lazily and unwillingly it. became fatter crushing bushes and young fir trees under its tremendous weight. Towards morning the container began to look like a very long flat broad hot water. bottle made for some giant child The resilient surface was carefully draped with. camouflage nets Sappers hung spirals of barbed wire around the ravine and a. headquarters company set up field picquets to cover the approaches. In a neighbouring ravine the filling of another equally large fuel container was in. progress Beyond a stream in a depression worn out reservists were slowly. spreading out a second huge canopy Struggling through bogs and clearings covered. from head to foot in mud the soldiers pulled and heaved at an endless web of field. pipelines Their faces were black like photographs negatives and this made their. teeth seem unnaturally white when they showed them in their enjoyment of. obscenities so monstrous that they made their young reserve officer blush. This whole affair was described briefly as Rear Units Exercise But we could see. what was going on with our own eyes and we realised that this was more than an. exercise It was all too serious On too large a scale Too unusual Too risky Was it. likely that they would amass such enormous stocks of tank fuel and ammunition or. build thousands of underground command posts communications centres depots and. stores on the very borders of the country just for an exercise. The stifling summer of 1968 had begun Everyone realised quite clearly that the. sultriness and tension in the air could suddenly turn into a summer storm We could. only guess when and where this would happen It was quite clear that our forces. would invade Romania but whether they would also go into Czechoslovakia was a. matter for speculation, The liberation of Romania would be a joy ride Her maize fields suited our tanks.
admirably Czechoslovakia was another matter Forests and mountain passes are not. good terrain for tanks, The Romanian army had always been the weakest in Eastern Europe and had the. oldest equipment But in Czechoslovakia things would be more complicated In 1968. her army was the strongest in Eastern Europe Romania had not even a theoretical. hope of help from the West for it had no common frontier with the countries of NATO. But in Czechoslovakia in addition to Czech tank divisions we risked meeting. American West German British Belgian Dutch and possibly French divisions A world. war might break out in Czechoslovakia but there was no such risk in Romania. So although preparations were being made for the liberation of Romania we. clearly would not go into Czechoslovakia The risk was too great. For some reason though despite all our calculations and in the face of all common. sense they did send us into Czechoslovakia Never mind we reassured ourselves. we ll deal with Dubcek and then we ll get around to Ceaucescu First of all we ll make. the Czech people happy and then it ll be the turn of the Romanians. But for some reason it never was, Elementary logic suggested that it was essential to liberate Romania and to do so. immediately The reasons for acting with lightning speed were entirely convincing. Ceaucescu had denounced our valiant performance in Czechoslovakia as aggression. Then Romania announced that henceforth no exercises by Warsaw Pact countries. might be held on her territory Next she declared that she was a neutral country and. that in the event of a war in Europe she would decide for herself whether to enter the. war or not and if so on which side After this she vetoed a proposal for the. construction of a railway line which was to have crossed her territory in order to link. the Soviet Union and Bulgaria Each year too Romania would reject suggestions by. the Soviet Union that she should increase her involvement in the activities of the. Warsaw Treaty Organisation, Then there was a truly scandalous occurrence Soviet military intelligence reported. that Israel was in great need of spare parts for Soviet built tanks which had been. captured in Sinai and that Romania was secretly supplying these spare parts Hearing. of this the commander of our regiment without waiting for instructions ordered that. a start should be made with bringing equipment out of mothballing He assumed that. the last hour had struck for the stubborn Romanians It turned out to be his last hour. that had come He was rapidly relieved of his command the equipment was put back. in storage and the regiment fell back into a deep sleep. Things became even worse The Romanians bought some military helicopters from. France These were of great interest to Soviet military intelligence but our Romanian. allies would not allow our experts to examine them even from a distance Some of. the more hawkish generals and their juniors still believed that the Soviet leadership. would change their mind and that Romania would be liberated or at least given a good. fright by troop movements of a scale befitting a super power along her borders But. the majority of officers had already given Romania up as a bad job We had got used. to the idea that Romania was allowed to do anything that she liked that she could. take any liberties she pleased The Romanians could exchange embraces with our. arch enemies the Chinese they could hold their own opinions and they could make. open criticisms of our own beloved leadership, We began to wonder why the slightest piece of disobedience or evidence of free. thinking was crushed with tanks in East Germany in Czechoslovakia in Hungary or. inside the Soviet Union itself but not in Romania Why was the Soviet Union ready to. risk annihilation in a nuclear holocaust in order to save far off Cuba but not prepared. to try to keep Romania under control Why although they had given assurances of. their loyalty to the Warsaw Treaty were the Czech leaders immediately dismissed. while the rulers of Romania were allowed to shed their yoke without complications of. any sort What made Romania an exception Why was she forgiven for everything. Though I know him personally rather well Viktor Suvorov is aware that I cannot myself go all the way with him in some of his arguments and I am sometimes bound to wonder whether he is always interpreting the evidence correctly Having said this however I hasten to add something that seems to be of overriding importance The value of this book which in my view is high derives as much from

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