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The Soviet-Afghan War (Paperback)

Modern Warfare Afghanistan Photo Books

By Anthony Tucker-Jones
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 136
ISBN: 9781848845787
Published: 2nd October 2012



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This photographic history of the Soviet-Afghan War of 1979 to 1989 gives a fascinating insight into a grim conflict that prefigured the American-led campaign in that country. In an unequal struggle the mujahideen resisted for ten years, then triumphed over Moscow. For the Soviet Union the futile intervention has been compared to the similar humiliation suffered by the United States in Vietnam. For the Afghans the victory was just one episode in the long history of their efforts to free their territory from the interference of foreign powers.

By focusing on the Soviet use of heavy weaponry, Anthony Tucker-Jones shows the imbalance at the heart of a conflict in which the mechanized, industrial might of a super power was set against lightly armed partisans who became experts in infiltration tactics and ambushes. His work is a visual record of the tactics and the equipment the Soviets used to counter the resistance and protect vulnerable convoys.

It also shows what this gruelling conflict was like for the Soviet soldiers, the guerrilla fighters and the Afghan population, and it puts the present war in Afghanistan in a thought-provoking historical perspective.

This is a superb collection of photos illustrating one of the key battles of the Cold War and a conflict whose consequences are still with us.

History of War website

Another great release from Pen and Sword in their Images of War series. The book is well written with lots of a high quality black and white pictures. This is a must have for any modeler who’s interest goes out to the Afghan war. Highly recommended


The author has selected some exceptional photographs to illustrate this process and to support his text. This is a provoking account of a key stage of the Cold War and the rise of militant Islam. It deserves to be widely read because the story in this troubled region continues, the Soviet invasion is part of its heritage and a failure to achieve a political settlement promises continuing conflict and the threat of nuclear war.


About Anthony Tucker-Jones

Anthony Tucker-Jones is one of Pen & Sword’s leading authors. He has written well over 30 books including a number of the highly successful Images of War series – he also wrote the recent six part Modern Warfare series for Pen & Sword.

He started his writing career freelancing for the internationally renowned Jane’s Defence Weekly and Jane’s Intelligence Review. Subsequently he was recruited by British Defence Intelligence for his expertise. Since then he has forged a career as a fulltime author and writer. He has contributed to numerous aviation, military and naval magazines and made regular media appearances.

In addition he specialises in counter-terrorism and has been the freelance terrorism and security correspondent for intersec - The Journal of International Security. This highly respected magazine is the principal publication for the UK’s security industry. Further information can be found on his website at www.atuckerjones.com

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