This book provides an accessible, granular account of what was arguably the pivotal battlefield of the ten-year Soviet-Afghan War.This book draws on Russian-language sources and first-hand accounts of the fighting previously unpublished in the West.The Panjshir Valley has always been a key, strategic highway, used by both Alexander the Great and Timur, granting access to two passes over the Hindu Kush. This work explains its lasting significance to the present day. The author, Professor Mark Galeotti, is a former Foreign Office adviser on Russian security affairs.Mark Galeotti has been a specialist on Russia since the country was still part of the USSR. Born in the UK, he read history at Cambridge University and then took his doctorate in Soviet politics at the London School of Economics. He is currently a senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, and an honorary professor at UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies.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.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.ORIGINS OF THE CAMPAIGN CHRONOLOGY OPPOSING COMMANDERS - The Rebels - Soviet - The DRA OPPOSING FORCES - Soviet 40th Army - The DRA - The Panjshir Front OPPOSING PLANS - The Soviets/DRA - The Rebels THE CAMPAIGN - 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 AFTERMATH - Assessment THE BATTLEFIELD TODAY GLOSSARY AND ACRONYMS FURTHER READING INDEX
|Title:||ThePanjshir Valley 1980–86|
|Author:||Mark GaleottiRamiro Bujeiro|
Mark Galeotti is a scholar of Russian security affairs with a career spanning academia, government service and business, a prolific author and frequent media commentator. He heads the Mayak Intelligence consultancy and is an Honorary Professor at University College London's School of Slavonic and East European Studies as well as holding fellowships with RUSI, the Council on Geostrategy and the Institute of International Relations Prague. He has been Head of History at Keele University, Professor of Global Affairs at New York University, a Senior Research Fellow at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and a Visiting Professor at Rutgers-Newark, Charles University (Prague) and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He is the author of over 25 books including A Short History of Russia (Penguin, 2021) and The Weaponisation of Everything: A Field Guide to the New Way of War (Yale University Press, 2022).Ramiro Bujeiro has become a frequent and popular contributor to Osprey since illustrating Warrior 23:US Marine in Vietnam 1965-73 (1998). He is an experienced commercial artist who lives and works in his native city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. His professional background includes commissions as a figure illustrator and strip cartoonist for clients all over Europe, the Americas and in Great Britain. His main interests are the political and military history of Europe in the first half of the 20th century.