KGB and Spetsnaz seize Kabul, Soviet-Afghan War 1979

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Storm-333 was the opening move in the Soviet-Afghan War, a special-forces mission to seize Kabul and assassinate Afghan leader Hafizullah Amin. At once a textbook success for the Spetsnaz and KGB and the start of a terrible strategic blunder for the USSR, this is the most authoritative history of the operation available in English.

Storm-333, the operation to seize Kabul and assassinate Afghan leader Hafizullah Amin, was at once a textbook success and the start of a terrible blunder. It heralded the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, an operation intended to be a short, largely symbolic show of force, yet which quickly devolved into a gritty ten-year counter-insurgency which Moscow was never able to win. Nonetheless, Storm-333 was a striking success, and despite initial concerns from some quarters that it would be impossible, it saw a relative handful of Soviet special forces drawn from the KGB and the military seize the heavily defended presidential palace, neutralize the city's communications and defenses, and open Kabul to occupation. The lessons learned then are still valid today, and have been incorporated into modern Russian military art, visible most recently in the seizure of Crimea in 2014.

Written by a recognized expert on the Soviet security forces, drawing extensively on Russian sources, and fully illustrated with commissioned artwork, this is the most detailed and compelling study of this fascinating operation available in English.

Table of Contents

Initial Strategy
The Plan
The Raid
Further Reading

Product details

Published Mar 23 2021
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781472841872
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Raid
Short code RAID 54
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Mark Galeotti

Mark Galeotti is a scholar of Russian security aff…


Mark Stacey

Mark Stacey was born in Manchester, UK, in 1964 an…


Johnny Shumate

Johnny Shumate works as a freelance illustrator li…


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