- Paperback: 223 pages
- Publisher: Diane Pub Co (March 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0788146653
- ISBN-13: 978-0788146657
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,345,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bear Went over the Mountain: Soviet Combat Tactics in Afghanistan 0th Edition
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The editor does a good job at translating Soviet-specific terms into the US/NATO vernacular.
The reader should pay paticular attention to the Soviet style map graphics - they are superior to US style graphics especially dealing the fluidity of a paticular action.
This book is not for someone looking for a general military history of the Soviet experience in Afghanistan. It is a book about small unit tactics and about what works and what fails. I only hope that this valuable book and his other book, "The Other Side of the Mountain" is being ready by young American Platoon and Company leaders currently fighting in Afghanistan.
I obtained both books through Amazon.com UK.
No research of the Soviet-Afghan war is complete without careful consideration of the material here. As important as the documentation of the events of the war are the insights into the Soviet perceptions of the operations and the war, and the lessons that they drew from their experience.
This isn't really a book to sit down and read cover to cover, but rather to take a battle at a time and reflect on it before moving on to the next.
Brilliant work from a great man!
E. M. Van Court
Like the other comments, very easy to read, and to the point. Goes over specific battles, what happened, and how it all broke down. The conclusions and commentary at the end of each battle are excellent. This book works great with the others in the series, esspecially "The Other side of the Mountain: Mujahidden Tactics in the Soviet-Afghan War" - which does the same thing, but talks about the battles from a Mujahideen standpoint. The second book is almost impossible to find...... doesn't carry it. Lastly, there's a third book coming out called "Russian General Staff: The Soviet-Afghan War" which looks at the war from the general level - I guess overall strategy.
Overall, excellent book on tactics. And easy enough to read that you don't need to be an officer in the military to understand.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love these case studies. I would have also like a more indepth discussion about the structure, training, duties, and responsibilities of the officers, NCOs and enlisted Soviet... Read morePublished 3 months ago by YCPlum
The Bear Went over the Mountain and The Other Side of the Mountain provide analysis of battles in Afghanistan from the viewpoint of Russian military and then of the Afghan... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Reis
Not strong on stories and accounts of the USSR's time in Afghanistan. It reads more like a textbook (albeit a small one) that one would have to study as part of a armed forces... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Wayne Stan
Only good thing is the maps. The writeups on the actions have so little detail as to be worthless.Published 9 months ago by Dynaman
Excellent for historians or analysts interested in the tactics and shortfalls of the Russians in Afghanistan.Published 10 months ago by Steve