Tag Archives: Viktor Suvorov

Friday book # 40: Inside the Soviet Army

This week we have yet another book by Viktor Suvorov – it’s the sort of stuff I used to read back when I was a young, impressionable army officer in the dying stages of the Cold War. Opening it up yesterday for the first time in many years, I discovered that it is dedicated to Andrei  Andreevich Vlasov. Hmm…


Friday book # 31: Icebreaker

This week’s book is Victor Suvorov’s controversial Icebreaker, published in 1990. In this Suvorov claimed that Stalin was planning to attack Germany in 1941, and thus that the German attack on the Soviet Union could be seen not as an act of aggression but rather as a pre-emptive strike.


A few years later, there were several revelations from the Soviet archives which at first glance appeared to lend some credence to Suvorov’s thesis. I have clipped several newspaper articles about these in my copy of the book, including the 1995 piece from the Moscow Times below. Subsequent studies by historians such as Gabriel Gorodetsky, however, have thoroughly debunked Suvorov’s thesis, and I don’t know of any serious historian who still supports it.


Friday book #11: Spetsnaz

I bought today’s book probably in 1990 or 1991, when I was a young officer in the British Army and studying the Soviets was a form of professional development. But before long the Soviet Union collapsed and all we Russian-speaking officers found that nobody cared about the Spetsnaz any longer. Nowadays, the subject is probably right back in fashion.