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By Gen. William E. Odom

During this e-book, a uncommon usa military officer and student strains the increase and fall of the Soviet army, arguing that it had a much better influence on Soviet politics and monetary improvement than used to be perceived within the West. Drawing on interviews with key actors within the Soviet Union sooner than, in the course of, and after its cave in in 1991, normal William E. Odom tells a riveting and critical tale.

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Thus it cut across the party-state boundary as a hybrid organization. 35 The party's presence in the military ranks went far beyond the MPA. More than 95 percent of all officers were party members, and at field-grade and general-officer levels the figure was 100 percent. Thus military units at all levels, including the MoD and the General Staff, had party primary organizations and party committees. The same was true of MVD and KGB officers. No other state institution had more than 1015 percent party membership in its ranks.

These were territorial areas, marked by flank boundaries in most cases. Maps 2 and 3 show them marked by radial lines from Moscow. Actually, the General Staff divided the entire world into TVDs. North America, Australia, and various oceans were defined as TVDs. Large forces might be deployed within a TVD, or only < previous page page_29 next page > < previous page page_30 next page > Page 30 Map 1. S. Government Printing Office) < previous page page_30 next page > < previous page page_31 next page > Page 31 Map 2.

More than 95 percent of all officers were party members, and at field-grade and general-officer levels the figure was 100 percent. Thus military units at all levels, including the MoD and the General Staff, had party primary organizations and party committees. The same was true of MVD and KGB officers. No other state institution had more than 1015 percent party membership in its ranks. Thus the Soviet Armed ForcesMoD, MVD, and KGBwere unique, formally state organizations but staffed almost entirely by party members in their officer ranks.

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