Rep., 1988. V + 213 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Little was known, prior to this book, about the ruthless spetsnaz Soviet special forces. As an officer in the GRU (military intelligence) the author was directly involved in control and planning of spetsnaz. In this revealing, and sometimes shocking book, he relates his own experiences of the military code of an armed force that kills its own wounded; about weapons, training and strategy. The book provides the first comprehensive insight for the West into this ‘army within an army’ whose existence, until the mid-late 1980's, had only been known about by a few.