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Storm-333, the operation to seize Kabul and assassinate Afghan leader Hafizullah Amin, was at once a textbook success and the start of a terrible blunder. It heralded the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, which quickly devolved into a gritty ten-year counter-insurgency that Moscow was never able to win. Nonetheless, Storm-333 was a striking success, and despite initial concerns that it would be an impossible achievement, it saw a relative handful of Soviet special forces drawn from the KGB and the military seize the heavily defended presidential palace, neutralise the city's communications and defences, and open Kabul to occupation. In today's blog post, Mark Galeotti recounts his experience meeting Kostya and Grisha,two ex-paratroopers who had been part of the wider operation to seize Kabul, their experiences during the raid and briefly details the operation as a whole.   Continue Reading

Operation Market Garden Extract

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In September 1944, Field Marshal Montgomery planned to capture key bridges that would be the required conquests for the final push into Germany, perhaps ending the war in Europe by Christmas. Operation Market-Garden was launched on 17th September to fulfil that aim, and continued till 25 September 1944, when the remaining forces retreated.  This extract, taken from CAM 317: Operation Market-Garden 1944 (3) by Ken Ford, recounts the XXX Crops experience on 25 September 1944, exactly 75 years ago today. Continue Reading

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