Rodric Braithwaite: Afgantsy

Of the region and their nemy ie the mujahideen primarily supported by countries like Pakistan USA and Saudi Arabia were well familiarized with the terrain and the people which made them Naked elusive and proficient in guerrilla tactics Moreover the 40th Army faced anothernemy which was intangible in nature was a massive health problem both physical and mental particularly against the infectious diseases Sometimes the mental health issues Shadow Scale (Seraphina, eventually lead to suicide because the 40th Army had no psychiatrists till the mid 80 s and for some itxacerbated when the traumatized veterans were turned down in the USSR and also no Claim The Crown efforts were made on their psychological rehabilitation There might be anlement of biasedness in me but I found this book to be an authoritative account of this futile war However I believe that this book would have been great had the author covered the involvement of America and Pakistan in detail how arming the mujahideen was given priority over the non proliferation of Pakistan Also I felt lost at some places because of not being familiar with the Politburo of USSR and its role along with that of KGB After reading this book I felt sorry for both the Afghans and as well as the Soviet Army PS I would like to share some Nerds excerpts from this book below which I found interestingBut the soldiers attitude towards the professional singers was ambivalent Howeverlouently these people sang they had not seen battle themselves Their music was artificial constructed for In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, effect and over it some thought hung an atmosphere of commercialxploitation For the real thing the soldiers made their own music on the guitars they had taken with them to the war Or they listened to the songs of the soldier bards the people who had shared their trials songs which became very popular to the consternation of the authorities The songs were banned by the political censorship and the customs officers on the frontier cracked down heavily on attempts to bring taped versions into the Soviet Union None of this stopped the songs from circulating throughout the 40th Army A fascinating and Bark educational read An outstanding and highly readable account of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan Written by someone familiar with the USSR and Russia this book does not have the feel of many which touch the subject as having a particular partisan agenda to pursue In his treatment and analysis of the Soviet involvement in Afghanistan Braithwaite is fair and unsensational Importantly he looks at the time leading up to the arrival of Soviet forces in Afghanistan and the concerns among the CPSU about the conditions not being right for a revolutionary party such as the PDPA to attempt to sieze power If the PDPA had heeded the advice of Moscow in the first place things might have developed differently As Braithwaite shows the USSR was in a damned if it did and damned if it didn t situation In thend I beleive the USSR had little choice but to do what it did against its better judgement and with misgivings which all turned out to be pretty much correctBraithwaite spends a lit of time On Such a Full Sea examining who the Soviet citizens in Afghanistan were Especially interesting are some of the stories of those who were motivated to carry out Internationalist duty assisting the progressive movement in Afghanistan in developing the countriesconomic and Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! educational infrastructure Many Afghansspecially women had opportunities which without Soviet support never would have been possibleThe fighting of the war is covered in detail and reveals all the usual muggle and horror of any military at war together with the inability to learn from the mistakes of those who went before and the costly need to learn from scratch Braithwaite shows clearly the phases through which the war passed before the Cannibal eventual withdrawl having reached a stalemate that the Soviet Union could no longer commit to and with the USSR itself collapsing as a result of years of moribund leadership its own internal contradictions and as a result of Gorbachevs attempted reformsWhile not a theme or a subject really tackled in this book it is pretty clear that as the subseuent USUK intervention has foundPakistan is a large part of the problem within which the ISI feature large behind which stands Saudi money and fundamentalism The lack of resources available to the Soviet 40th Army to secure the PakistanAfghan border seriously undermined theirfforts lsewhere As is clear from the text while the 40th Army was anything but militarily. Iers advisers journalist women As former ambassador to Moscow Rodric Braithwaite brings his uniue insights to the Soviet war in Afghanistan The story has been distorted not only by Cold War propaganda but also by the myths of the nineteenth century Great Game It moves from the high politics of the Kremlin to the lonely Russian conscripts in isol.

Afgantsy is a good book to read about those Russian soldiers who have served in Afghanistn during the former USSR s occupation of the country There are a few accounts that I didn t know before like the death of the first Communist President Noor Mohammad Taraki the coup d tat against Hafizullah Amin tc By reading this book one can say that it is a d j vu The same scenario is taking place in Afghanistan as the Nato and other coalition forces are preparing for the withdrawal of their forces from Afghanistan as the Russian did in 1989 The government and people are worried as they were at the time of Russian withdrawalIn general it is a good book for those who are interested in Afghanistan and its volatile history I was a senior in high school when the USSR invaded Afghanistan in December 1979 Shortly thereafter the US boycotted the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow and President Jimmy Carter reinstated Selective Service registration My mother wrote a letter of protest and actually received a reply from the White House Three years later when I was a junior in college majoring in journalism the Soviets were bogged down in Afghanistan and it was among the hottest stories that we studied My favorite professor told us that in his opinion anything that occurred in the last 25 years was current Man, Son of Man events Anything older was historyNow the Soviet war in Afghanistan ualifies as history according to him Afgansty The Russians in Afghanistan 1979 1989 fills in all of the blanks that the Western news media couldn t when the war raged Rodric Braithwaite was the British Ambassador to the USSR during that period so if any one is ualified to write a book about the Soviet War in Afghanistan he is Braithwaite writes like a journalist not a government official His writing is crisp and vivid He sorts out messy situations such as the power struggle between factions in the Afghan Communist Party and among the mujahideen He doesn t get mired in alphabet soup when writing about the various Soviet military units This is a fast movingxciting book His sources include Spoiler alert The Soviet Politburo was not keen to get directly involved with Afghanistan s political turmoil other than supporting the pro communist government who took over the country But got involved they did and Afghanistan became yet another piece in the Cold War chessboard Afgantsy is about the Russian soldier Alter Ego engineer translator nurse who served in that conflict and the legacy they left behind rise of the Taliban yet another occupation this time by the United States Will that countryver find peace The author of this book was the British ambassador to the USSR and then the Russian Federation but I highly appreciate his objective approach throughout the book which is about the causes of Soviet involvement in Afghanistan right up till the withdrawal of the troops and its aftermath from the Russian point of view One reason why I found this book interesting was that the author has uoted first hand xperiences of those who were part of the battlefield In initial chapters the author stablishes his case on how Afghanistan became a bone of contention between the British and Tsarist Russia Gradually author takes reader to the 1970 s when People s Democratic Party of Afghanistan PDPA coups against President Daud and how the infighting between the Khal and Parcham factions of PDPA led to a bloody power struggle which ventually coerce the Soviet Politburo to drag USSR into this pointless war which refutes the rampant propaganda at that time that USSR wanted an access to the Indian Ocean Although Soviets occupied Afghanistan history again repeated itself when it turned out to be an impossible land where the rulers had to negotiate to reach an arrangement to rule with the local groups who held sway in the region However the PDPA regime did not understand this and cajoled the local populace by imposing communism for which Afghanistan was not ripe Eventually this far from reality maneuver brewed resentment in the people against the PDPA regime Later the Politburo of Soviet Union made a grave mistake to nd this political issue by means of military and to attain peace and stability in Afghanistan because of insecurity that PDPA regime may fall into the hands of Americans and the Southern region would become unstable Little did they know that they had got into a uagmire by creating and deploying an ill Unseen City euipped army 40th Army which was not familiar with the local tribal customs and the mountainous terrain. In a timely andye opening book Rodric Braithwaite Art examines the Russianxperience in that most recent war in Afghanistan after Alexander's conuests and the many British imperial wars and skirmishes Largely basing his account on Russian sources and interviews he shows the war through the yes of the Russians themselves politicians officers sold.

Defeated the force was too small to hold territory which was taken often at great cost to the Soviet militaryEspecially instructive is the way the book investigates the way in which the war and Afghan situation was revealed or not to the citizens of the USSR and how returning troops were treated and subseuently how vetrans have been treated by the public and state It took the rise of Vladimir Putin before the sacrifice and suffering of the Soviet vetrans was acknowledged by the state and some ffort was made to improve their lot WHile Braithwaite does not touch on the US invasion of Afghanistan he does not need to Anyone reading the book will be aware of paralels and differences and will draw their own conclusionsProbably the best book in English on the overall Soviet Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard experience available Very highly recommended Nuanced and sophisticated this is such a wholesome and very well researched book on the Russian invasion of Afghanistan following the next nine years of occupation Almost all the books I ve read before on red army in Afghanistan describes the narrative of Mujaheddin and Pakistan America and CIA s combined help to bring down the soviets This is a uniue book of it s own kind narrating the Russian s side of the story the timeline ofvents is The Matriarchs (The Family effectively put together the author chose to divide the book into topical sectionsach section Notes for the Everlost encompasses thentire war starting from Afghanistan s military coup of 1978 the gradual rise of disturbance between Tarakai and Amin the Russian decision to intervene the beginning of tragedy 40th Army going to war soldering fighting devastation disillusion the decision to go back in a nutshell When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) each andvery aspect of the USSR in Afghanistan is covered with good research with Authoritative book on the Russian Afghan intervention from the Russian perspective The author compares this war with French Algerian American Vietnamese French Vietnamese interventions The Russians tried to implement their well tried developmental model in Afghanistan with a lot of determination and I think they might have been successful if they had been given No Biggy! enough time by the Americans But the Americans wanted to get their revenge for their Vietnam humiliation so they armed and trained the Islamist mujaheddin knowing full well that once the Russians had left the Islamists would take over What did didn t realise was that once they had managed to defeat Soviet Union they would be confronted by the very samenemyI found this aspect of this story a lot believing than the Westernised version of all invading Russian infidel army destroying hell bent on destroying Crush It! every Afghan at random The gist of this history occurs when Ambassador Braithwaite closes Chapter Nine by summarizing the Soviet militaryffort in Afghanistan And so the Russians discovered as other armies have discovered in Afghanistan before and since that once you have taken the ground you need troops to hold it They might dominate the towns and the villages by day But the mujahedin would rule them by night They never broke the rebels grip on the countryside or closed the frontier through which the rebels received their supplies Their best Attracting Birds to Your Backyard efforts military and political went for nothing Theyventually had no choice but to disentangle themselves as best they could The book chronicles the Soviets internal and Deep Listening externalfforts to Bird-by-Bird Gardening extricate their forces from Afghanistanfforts which started just about immediately by the way and the devolving morale of a Soviet public that wasn t supposed to ask detailed uestions about it I think the author has done a fine job of describing what Special Operations Forces and Intelligence units the Soviets sent in this is the best description I ve seen and what the war was like for Afghans both civilians and the muj I think the ntire book from the description of the 1979 Presidential Palace Coup to the inclusion of Igor Morozov s 1988 poem that tees up Part III includes a wealth of material unfamiliar to the Western audience and all of it deserves a look given what s happening today in Afghanistan Don t advance on Moscow is the first rule of warfare according to the late Bernard Montgomery a British Field Marshal and victory of the Battle of El Alamein The second is don t go fighting with your land army on the mainland of Asia The time has come I think to reverse the order here history has only two xamples of failure before Moscow compared with the many Unbuttoning the CEO (The Suits Undone examples of disaster in Asia of disasters in particular in Afghanista. Ated mountain outposts The parallels with Afghanistan today speak for themselves 'A superb achievement of narrative history sensitive writing andxciting fresh research' so wrote Simon Sebag Montefiore about Rodric Braithwaite's bestseller Moscow 1941 But those words and many others of praise that were given it could ually apply to his new boo.

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