January 13th, 2013

Know your enemy

Большинство высших военных заведений США публикуют свой reading list. В основном американцы, разумеется, сосредоточены на изучении собственного опыта. Но иногда они обращаются и к нашему. Вот список книг по России и СССР, которые рекомендует Dr. Robert H. Berlin, профессор U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
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Bialer, Seweryn, ed. Military Memoirs Stalin and His Generals: Soviet of World War II. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1984, ~1969.
Professor Bialer has compiled a significant source of information on the World War II Soviet Army and its officers. This volume includes translated selections from the memoirs of forty-five leading Soviet Army officers that describe command relationships with Joseph Stalin. Bialer also includes excellent editorial introductions and explanatory annotations.

Curtiss, John Shelton. The Russian Army Under Nicholas I, 18254855. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1965.
This detailed, scholarly book describes early Russian campaigns against the Persians, Turks, and Poles; assesses Nicholas as a commander; and discusses the structure, equipment, training, and life of Russian Army soldiers, AIso included is an account of the Crimean War.

Davies, Norman. White Eagle, Red Star: The Polish-Soviet War, 1919-20. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1972.
The Polish-Soviet War of 1919-20 was an independent Polish enterprise that brought Poland independence for twenty years. This volume examines the military, political, and diplomatic events of the Polish-Soviet War and reviews Pheir significance. Also included is a chapter that analyzes the August 1920 Battle of Warsaw.

Erickson, John. The Road to Berlin: Continuing the History of Stalin’s War With Germany. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1983.
This comprehensive account of warfare on the Eastern Front in World War II (1943-45) contains 640 pages of text and is a first-rate study.

The Road to Stalingrad: Stalin’s War With Germany. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1983, cl975
This thorough, detailed, and well-written book shows why Erickson is the world-recognized expert on the Soviet military in World War II.

Erickson, John.The Soviet High Command: A Military-Political History, 19184941. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1984, c1962.
Erickson presents an excellent study of Soviet Army command from the Russian Revolution to World War II. The chapters on Frunze (the Soviet Clausewitz) are essential for an understanding of Soviet military thought.

GIantz, David M. August Storm: Soviet Tactical and Operational Combat in Manchuria, 1945. Leavenworth Papers no. 8. Fort Leavenworth, KS: Combat Studies Institute, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 1983.
Colonel GIantz, a former instructor at the US. Army War College and an expert on World War II Soviet military history,. provides detailed case studies of various levels of
Soviet command that illustrate the state of Soviet military art in 1945. The Soviets have found it useful to study this campaign.

GIantz, David M. August Storm: The Soviet 1945 Strategic Offensive in Manchuria. Leavenworth Papers no. 7. Fort Leavenworth, KS: Combat Studies Institute, U.S. Army Cornmand and General Staff College, 1983.
In this work, the author provides an informative study of the Soviets” rapid campaign against Japan. This volume is useful for students of Soviet offensive military doctrine.

Grossman, Vasily. Life and Fate: A Novel. Translated by Robert. Chandler. New York: Warper & Row, 1985,~1980.
Vasily Grossman (1905-64), a novelist and Soviet war correspondent during World War II, personally witnessed the defense of Stalingrad, the capture of Berlin, and the horrors
of the Holocaust. In this epic novel, which was banned in the Soviet Union, he vividly portrays his experiences. U.S. Army Soviet foreign area officers recommend this work for its unique account of life in the Soviet military and society during World War II.

Keep, John L. H. Soldiers of the Tsar: Army and Society in Russia, 1462-1874. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985.
Professor Keep, in this well-researched and clearly written work, outhnes the development of the Russian Army from its medieval origins to the introduction of universal military
service in 1874. He devotes particular attention to such themes as the evolution of the service state, recruitment, army life, the officer corps, financial difficulties, and the military in politics.

Lehovich, Dimitry V. White Against Red: The Life General Anton Denikin. New York: Norton, 1974.
This detailed biography of a leader of the White Army’s opposition to the Bolsheviks in the Russian Civil War was written by a veteran of Denikin’s army. Readable and informative, this volume examines military tactics and operations as well as political considerations.

Suvorov, Viktor. Inside the Soviet Army. New York: Macmillan, 1982; New York: Berkley Publishing Group, 1985.
A former Soviet officer who defected to the West provides a fascinating account of the Soviet Army, including its doctrine, weapons, and tactics. This highly controversial
and opinionated book should be read with caution, particularly the sections on high-level command and organization.

Wildman, Allan K. The End of the Russian Imperial Army: The Old Army and the Soldiers Revolt (March-ApriI 1917). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1980.
In this work, Professor Wildman focuses on the role of the Russian Army in the 1917 Revolution. He examines the czar’s army during the early 1900s and then concentrates on
the soldiers’ mutiny. Emphasis is on the World War I Russian soldiers' perception of the revolution and the resultant actions.