For almost 70 years Soviet and Russian military theorists have been fascinated with the concept of airborne operations. Now Russian theorists tackle the problems posed to such operations by high-precision weaponry. This work, using newly released and formerly classified Soviet and East German archives, provides a detailed record of the performance of Soviet airborne forces during peace and war.
Millennium- " Colonel Glantz is arguably the West"s finest Soviet military historian and his book on the Soviet airforce will do nothing to diminish his reputation as a meticulous scholar and elegant writer. It is an epic survey of Soviet airborne operations, built firmly upon wide and sensitive research and a detailed mastery of his material...this book is a masterpiece." Slavic and Military Studies- " David Glantz...has produced yet another excellent history and analysis...If the reader wants the best history on Soviet Airborne Forces in World War II and a full analysis of the doctrinal underpinnings which drove airborne force structure and employment, Glantz"s book is the logical choice.