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The Russian Way of War: Operational Art, 1904-1940 Hardcover – April 20, 2001

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Product Details

  • Series: Modern War Studies
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas; 1St Edition edition (April 20, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 070061074X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700610747
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Harrison resurrects from an unquiet grave a huge and vibrant tradition of Russian military thought, long dormant, frequently unread, or totally ignored. This is an act of restitution long overdue and sorely needed and it is supported by a virtual cornucopia of sources, some rare, many only recently disclosed. An invaluable guide to a unique literature."--John Erickson, author of The Road to Stalingrad

"Harrison's definitive study establishes a new standard for research and writing in this complex field. Stands head and shoulders above any existing volume on the subject and is likely to remain the definitive work in its field."--David M. Glantz, author of Soviet Military Operational Art

"Pathbreaking and very readable."--Malcolm Mackintosh, author of Juggernaut: A History of Soviet Armed Forces

About the Author

Richard W. Harrison is an independent researcher living in Moscow. He has previously worked at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow as an investigator with the Department of Defense's POW/MIA office.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. Kunikov VINE VOICE on November 3, 2003
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Very well written and shows the evolution of operational art within the Russian Tsarist and later Red Army. From as early as the Russo-Japanese war the Russians were already experimenting with 'front' type formations and groupings of armies, this later led to those of the first world war, civil war, and finally in the beginning of the second world war. The different ideas and people are listed and detailed with their plans for how modern war should be waged. Tuhachevsky, Isserson, Triandafillov, and Svechin are all described as well as the opposition each one faced, the purges, and the some of the reasons for why the Red Army was in such a bad position in the summer of 1941 are also listed and talked about. Mainly it is a description of the development of the ideas and theories of operational war within Russia and later the Soviet Union, very useful in understanding why Nazi Germany lost to the Red Army and how.
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