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  1. Spetsnaz: The Inside Story of the Soviet Special Forces
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  2. Spetsnaz: The Inside Story of the Soviet Special Forces

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Viktor Suvorov is a Soviet army officer who has defected to the West. Here is the full story of the Spetsnaz forces, the Soviet army's secret killer elite.

This is the first comprehensive insight for the West into a Soviet "army within an army" whose existence has been known until recently only to a few highly placed people--most of whom would deny it.

The spetsnaz Soviet special forces are one of the more shadowy and ruthless secret special forces in the world. Controlled by military intelligence (the GRU), spetsnaz units are recruited from the ranks of the toughest officers and men in the Soviet Army, the cutting edge of Soviety military might. In modern warfare their primary task is the destruction of enemy tactical nuclear weapons, but the training of anyone selected for spetsnaz prepares him or her for an unlimited range of tasks--from undercover activity as a member of a Soviet Olympic sports team to piloting a midget submarine.

As an officer in the GRU, the author was directly involved in the control and planning of spetsnaz. In this revealing and sometimes shocking book, he talks about his own experience; about the military code of an armed force that kills its own wounded; about the weapons, strategy, and training. For anyone interested in the true military capability of the Soviet Union, this book is essential reading.

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Viktor Suvorov
Kindle Edition
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W. W. Norton & Company
W. W. Norton & Company
W. W. Norton & Company
W. W. Norton & Company
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Disgusting look into the regressive and barbaric psychopaths the soviets bred and exported across the globe. The fundamental rejection of camaraderie among spetsnaz and their ingrained commitment to kill their wounded is astonishing. Pretty much every Russian Olympian in the last 50 years was a spetsnaz officer. Their Tier 1 units were the Olympic teams according the author, a former soviet intelligence officer who defected.
I like this book. Given its not a definitive resource for all things Russian, but for someone that knows little about this secretive branch of the Russian special forces, it is a great primer. Do not forget that this was written in the early 80's and some information is no longer pertinent. But the basics surrounding the group remains unchanged
This is a very insightful book into the inner workings of the elite and world renowned Soviet Special Forces: Spetsnaz.
I enjoy reading all Victor Suvorov's books. As an ex- insider to the GRU: the author provides an alternative and highly invaluable perspective on events such as this organisation and the origins of the 2nd WW- that we in the West have been repetitively fed.
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