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 Post subject: Re: VDV history link
PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2005 4:39 am 
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I've got a brilliant Soviet Defence Ministry book on the wartime VDV I need translating, however I don't have the £1000+ it would cost professionaly!


Have you got any scans of it or something? I'm very interested to take a look at it! :)

Edit: Oh and I've found another very useful link:

http://www.lonesentry.com/articles/geronimo/


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I know the main thrust of that article isn't the historical aspect of the VDV but it does get it wrong on two counts. - Edit: Oops! I've just noticed it's a 1946 intelligence briefing. I was fooled by the way it talked about wartime as being in the past. Still, the comments about errors still stand

1 - They made rather more than one large scale drop during the war.

2 - While the drop referred to didn't achieve it's objective immediately (and was immensely costly for reasons similar to the failure of Market Garden) a large airborne force remained at large behind German lines for several months (the longest airborne operation in history incidentally) and did ultimately participate in forcing the river - their original objective.

This is a much better survey of the wartime experience of the VDV

http://www-cgsc.army.mil/carl/download/ ... glantz.pdf

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Wow, excellent link. Cheers Frontovik!


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Try reading "Inside the Blue Berets" by Stephen Zaloga (for a change LOL) if you want a proper historical account of the VDV from the 30's to Grozny... a very good book!

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