By Richard W. Harrison
The purple Army's prime operational theorist within the Nineteen Thirties, Georgii Samoilovich Isserson used to be the mastermind at the back of the "deep operation"--the cornerstone of Soviet offensive operations in global conflict II. Drawing from an in-depth research of Isserson's a number of released and unpublished works, his arrest dossier within the former KGB files, and interviews along with his relatives, this ebook presents the 1st full-length biography of the guy. the majority of the narrative bargains with the flowering of his highbrow skills from 1929 via 1941. extra chapters care for Isserson's arrest and his ultimate 35 years, 14 of which have been spent in hard work camps and inner exile.
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This ideology, as interpreted and manipulated by the ruling party, quickly acquired the status of holy writ and, as such, was widely propagated throughout the country and contending faiths were just as ruthlessly put down. Universal in its pretensions, it was proclaimed to be the single infallible tool for understanding society’s problems, its past and future course. Military affairs were no exception to this rule and the Soviet leadership placed a great deal of emphasis on training a generation of Red Army commanders steeped in the arcana of Marxist-Leninist thinking.
This had been along and gradual process, brought upon by the appearance of the operation during the latter part of the nineteenth century. As this evolution continued, however, it became increasingly difﬁcult to group those phenomena connected with the operation into the existing disciplines of strategy and tactics. ”27 However, as the multiplicity of deﬁnitions attests, by the start of World War I the problem was far from being resolved. The same dilemma plagued the Red Army in the years immediately following the civil war.
This was made apparent in a conversation between Sergei Sergeevich Kamenev, the Red Army’s commander-in-chief, and Aleksandr Il’ich Yegorov, commander of the Southwestern Front (army group), then engaged in eliminating the remains of the White forces in Ukraine. Kamenev informed Yegorov that in the likely event of war with Poland the Western Front would constitute the “main direction,” while Yegorov’s front would play an important but supporting role by advancing along the axis Berdichev-Rovno-Kovel’-Brest.