Title: The Role of Intelligence in Soviet Military ...
Publisher: Presidio Press, Novato, California, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1990
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: 1st Edition
262pp/maps. Two principal issues are addressed: (i) the nature of Soviet wartime military strategy as reflected by Soviet conduct of strategic operations (ii) the role razvedka (reconnaissance) played in the formulation and implementation of Soviet strategic plans. Text clean. Bookseller Inventory # 010497
Synopsis: Aimed at serious students of modern military warfare, this dry examination of Soviet intelligence gathering/analysis and its effect on political-military decision making during WW II has a well-defined subject but lacks a theme or argument. Glantz begins the study with a discussion of Soviet unpreparedness at the time of the German invasion in 1941, then traces the strategic misjudgments imposed by Stalin on the high command during the first few months of the war, resulting in a series of military disasters that lasted until the autumn of 1942 when the Red Army seized the initiative at Stalingrad. The author describes how the Soviets learned to detect German intentions, provide the enemy with false information, and mask Red Army counteroffensive plans only after Stalin began to pay heed to the advice of his staff.
Review: That was the first book by David Glantz that I read and it was a real marvel of clarity and professional military analysis of the highest level. Glantz analyzes the role of intelligence gathering ("razvedka") throughout the various phases of the Great Patriotic War with the aid of some simple but very useful black and white maps. Unlike the author's next works, this book is short and easily read, and gives a very different and extremely interesting view of the Soviet methodology on acquiring tactical and operational intelligence. --By Dimitrios
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