Soviet Bloc Elite Forces

Soviet Bloc Elite Forces

Elite 5
  • Author: Steven J. Zaloga
  • Illustrator: Ronald Volstad
  • Short code: ELI 5
  • Publication Date: 26 Sep 1985
  • ISBN: 9780850456318
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 64
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The elite forces of the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies in the mid-1980s were undoubtedly the largest in the world, and among the least known. The Soviet elite formations alone had a total strength comparable to that of the entire British armed forces. Besides the conventional military elite formations such as airborne and marine forces, most Warsaw Pact armies also possessed special, 'political' elite, which were used for internal security. Backed by numerous photographs and illustrations, this book uncovers the history, organization and equipment of both the conventional Soviet elite formations and the often ignored security units.

Biographical Note

Steven J. Zaloga was born in 1952. He received his BA in history from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has published numerous books and articles dealing with modern military technology, especially armoured vehicle development. His main area of interest is military affairs in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe in the Second World War, and he has also written extensively on American armoured forces. James Loop has co-authored a number of books of modern military equipment. A former United States Army officer, he was seriously wounded in Vietnam. He retired with the rank of lieutenant-colonel and now works as a defence analyst.RONALD VOLSTAD was born in 1949 in Alberta, Canada, where he still lives and works. Like several of Osprey's leading military illustrators he had no formal art training, though he did work in a TV company's art department - before spending 15 years operating heavy machinery in the oil industry. His first illustrations were published in 1970; since then he has become widely known for his work in Squadron and Osprey publications and for Dragon Models, and has also worked as a courtroom artist for TV news.

Contents

Introduction Soviet Elite Forces The VDV Airborne Forces The VDV Today The Soviet Naval Infantry Other Soviet Specialised Troops Elite Forces of the Warsaw Pact The Plates

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