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Soviet Style in War

Soviet Style in War

By Nathan Leites

Crane, Russak, 1982, 400 pp.

Nathan Leites has produced an exhaustive study on how the Soviets prefer to wage protracted conventional war, based upon an extensive survey of Soviet military writings, especially writings on the performance of Soviet troops on the Eastern front in 1941-1945. Discussed in detail are such themes as the Soviet attitude toward tactical surprise, the infantry "hugging" of (i.e., sticking close to) their own artillery barrage, and the doctrine of the inevitability of escalation.