In This Review

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.