AFGHAN WARS 1839-1992. WHAT BRITAIN GAVE UP AND THE SOVIET UNION LOST.

O'Balance, Edgar.


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Brassey's, 1st Eng., ed., 1993. Xix + 259 pp., 12 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. This is the first book to cover Afghanistan's three Anglo-Afghan Wars of the 19th century, the recent ten year Soviet occupation and its subsequent civil war. The author assesses the place of Afghanistan as a pawn, first in the 'Great Game' between Britain and Imperial Russia for expansion into Asia in the nineteenth century, and later in the Cold war between the superpowers. The author examines both the tactics and weaponry employed by the Soviets, their Afghan allies and the US sponsored Mujahideen resistance, including the part played by US-supplied technology. The book looks at early failures to topple the traditionalist Najibullah Government and finally examines in detail the campaign leading up to the Fall of Kabul in 1992.


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