By Sebastian Smith
Publish yr note: First released in 1998
Ancient visitors referred to as the Caucasus the mountain of languages. Greeks, Persians, Romans, Goths, Arabs, Mongols and Turks have all undergone the zone; poets and artists were encouraged through its rugged attractiveness and but its heritage is a sad one - for hundreds of years it's been ravaged by means of almost non-stop warfare. each 50 years, it kind of feels, Russia makes an attempt to take regulate of this highly strategic a part of the realm - sandwiched because it is among Iran, Turkey and Russia and crossed through one of the most beneficial oil pipelines on this planet.
The most recent clash to comb around the region begun whilst Vladimir Putin invaded Chechnya in 1999. millions of Russian infantrymen and hundreds of thousands extra Chechens - either rebels and civilians - died and Chechnya's cities and towns have been bombed past popularity. Sebastian Smith travelled to Chechnya in this interval.
A mix of travelogue, historical past and warfare journalism, Allah's Mountains tells the tale of the clash among this kingdom of mountain tribes and the may possibly of the Russian military. A relocating instance of the way background should be written. Smith's account of the ancient historical past to the clash reads like a singular, yet greater, since it additionally has the intimacy and immediacy of an eyewitness account. He has given us a memorable, well-researched account of a specifically terrible battle. - Literary evaluation it is a riveting e-book, written with nearly seemless attractiveness. - overseas Affairs
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That evening, Zhukov again met with Stalin to review the results of his o' o trip. Stalin and Ivanov discussed with Zhukov the latest developments in the south and the progress of Operation Uranus, whose tentative launch date was now set for on or about 19 November. Zhukov then described Konev's and Purkaev's plan and noted that, although both were anxious to attack, they agreed that the delays were essential. Based on his visit to the General Staff the day before, Zhukov now recommended that the offensive commence on 24 or 25 November to derive as much benefit as possible from the possible Prelude 31 success of Uranus.
Planned only in outline form before the launch of Mars, during Jupiter Western Front's 5th and 33d Armies, heavily reinforced and deployed adjacent to the Moscow—Viaz'ma road, would pierce German defenses covering Viaz'ma. Once through the tactical defenses, Zhukov planned to commit two tank corps (9th and 10th) to begin an operational exploitation. 26 Zhukov and the Stavka lavished extraordinary armor, artillery, and engineer support on the two fronts participating in Mars. Support included 31 tank brigades and 12 tank regiments, totaling 2,352 tanks, over 54 artillery regiments, 30 guards mortar battalions, and 23 antitank regiments with almost 10,000 guns and mortars, and 20 separate engineer and sapper battalions.
Attack orders would then be passed down through division, regiment, battalion, company, and finally, in the final hours before the attack, to the common tankist, artilleryman, sapper, and infantryman. Zhukov knew that, despite the draconian security measures and the extensive efforts to conceal the attack, officers and men alike, however low on the chain of command, would have sensed the approach of battle. The soldier's instinct was a powerful force. Officers and soldiers alike, they were all survivors, and survivors inevitably knew; they felt the approach of battle.
Allah's Mountains: The Battle for Chechnya by Sebastian Smith