THE PANJSHIR VALLEY 1980-86
THE LION TAMES THE BEAR IN AFGHANISTAN
Autore: Mark Galeotti
Nota serie curata dallo storico David Chandler. Ogni volume, attraverso 70 foto in bianco e nero, 10 tavole a colori e 3 mappe, fornisce dettagliati resoconti delle varie campagne esaminate. Di notevole interesse per gli appassionati di storia e giocatori di wargame. Ogni volume termina con una breve guida al campo di battaglia oggi.
An in-depth look at the struggle between the charismatic rebel commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, 'The Lion of Panjshir', and the Soviet forces who fought to control the Panjshir Valley in Afghanistan.
When the Soviets rolled into Afghanistan in 1979, they believed if they took the cities, the country would follow. They were wrong. The Red Army found itself in a bloody stalemate in the Afghan mountains, in the strategically vital Panjshir Valley, where they faced the most able and charismatic of the rebel commanders: Ahmad Shah Massoud, the ‘Lion of Panjshir'.
Time and again the Soviets and their Afghan counterparts sought to take control of the Panjshir, and time and again the rebels either rebuffed their clumsy attempts or ambushed and evaded them, only to retake the valley as soon as Moscow's attention was elsewhere. Over time, the rebels acquired new weapons and developed their own tactics - as did the Soviets. The Panjshir was not just a pivotal battlefield, it also shaped the subsequent Afghan civil wars that followed Soviet withdrawal, and the military thinking that is still informing the new Russian military. Featuring striking colour artwork battlescenes and detailed maps of the fighting, this is a compelling study of one of the hardest fought struggles of the Soviet War in Afghanistan.
ORIGINS OF THE CAMPAIGN
- The Rebels
- The DRA
- Soviet 40th Army
- The DRA
- The Panjshir Front
- The Soviets
- The Rebels
- Panjshir I, April 1980: first blood
- Panjshir II, August 1980: relieving Rukha
- Panjshir III, November 1980: returning to Rukha
- Panjshir IV, September 1981: a Soviet defeat
- Panjshir V, May 1982: taking the valley
- Panjshir VI, August-September 1982: the attempted mop-up
- Truce, January-August 1983
- Panjshir VII, April-September 1984: back to the war
- Panjshir VIII, September 1984: keeping Massoud off-balance
- Panjshir IX, June 1985: the reprisal
THE BATTLEFIELD TODAY
GLOSSARY AND ACRONYMS
Riccamente illustrato a colori e in bianco e nero
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