Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

“Soviet Military Thought”

Now that we are becoming interested again in the Russian Military, the collection of the “Soviet Military Thought” series of books translated by the US Air Force from Russian might be of interest. I have identified 22 books in the series and can find online texts for all (but two) of those on Some of the PDF versions are badly scanned and although readable by human eye, text search of the files is unreliable.

If you know of additional volumes beyond no 23, or if you have links or access to decent (OCR’d) versions, please respond to this post. Thanks.

I’ll update this list with clean OCR’d versions as I get to them.

  1. The Offensive
  2. Marxism—Leninism on War and Army
  3. Scientific—Technical Progress and the Revolution in Military Affairs
  4. The Basic Principles of Operational Art and Tactics
  5. The Philosophical Heritage of V. I. Lenin and Problems of Contemporary War
  6. Concept, Algorithm, Decision
  7. Military Pedagogy
  8. Military Psychology
  9. Dictionary of Basic Military Terms
  10. Civil Defense
  11. Selected Soviet Military Writings: 1970—1975
  12. The Armed Forces of the Soviet State
  13. The Officer’s Handbook
  14. The People, the Army, the Commander
  15. Long-Range Missile-Equipped
  16. Forecasting in Military Affairs
  17. The Command and Staff of the Soviet Army Air Force in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945
  18. Fundamentals of Tactical Command and Control
  19. The Soviet Armed Forces: A History of Their Organizational Development
  20. The Initial Period of War
  21. Tactics
  22. Camouflage
  23. Tactical Reconnaissance

5 responses to ““Soviet Military Thought”

  1. Stephen Downes-Martin 29/11/2020 at 11:55 am

    I’ve updated the list with No. 23 “Tactical Reconnaissance”. The link is to the site. As for other such links, click on the gear wheel top right of the screen and select “Download PDF” for a clean text-searchable PDF.

  2. Stephen Downes-Martin 24/06/2020 at 1:16 pm

    I have added clean PDF’s of number 6 (Concept, Algorithm, Decision) and number 22 (Camouflage).

  3. Stephen Downes-Martin 10/06/2020 at 5:13 pm

    I replaced the links to DTIC with links to (which tend to be better scans that those on DTIC) except for vols 6 & 22 for which I can find no online version.

  4. Tracy Johnson 09/06/2020 at 12:18 am

    So, have the Russians learned their Soviet lessons?

    Or are they just “New and Improved” to use a marketing term?

  5. Ed 08/06/2020 at 8:25 pm

    The material on camouflage is hidden inside that Potemkin village… over there….. see it?]

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