The Soviet Army. 1918 to the Present:
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This clear and concise survey of the history and current condition of the Soviet Army stresses what the authors call its "curious mixture of the very modern and the archaic, of achievement and inefficiency." The Seatons have very little good to say about Soviet generalship (although they acknowledge Stalin's masterful handling of his armies during World War II) but are high on Soviet military equipment, demonstrating that their tank and armored infantry forces are "by far" the best equipped in the world. The dominating role of the military-political commissar throughout the history of the Red Army is analyzed in detail. Currently known as the zampolit, this is the Party watchdog attached to every major military unit. The authors argue that his inordinate power constitutes one of the "very serious weaknesses" of the Soviet Army because it encourages timidity in the military commanders. Albert Seaton is a British military historian; coauthor Joan Seaton is his wife. Photos. (March
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Book Description The Bodley Head Ltd, 1900. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0370305353