The Soviet Railroad Troops. (Zheleznodorozhniki).
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ARMY INST FOR ADVANCED RUSSIAN AND EAST EUROPEAN STUDIES APO NEW YORK 09053
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In this paper, the author provides a comprehensive treatment of the Soviet Railroad Troops predominantly derived from an analysis of open Soviet sources. Major topics relate to historical development, mission, organizational from the Baikal-Amur project and problems encountered. A comparison is made with US military rail transportation resources in order to better place the Soviet findings in perspective. He concludes that the Soviet Railroad Troops are well-trained, professional, have proved themselves a viable force in the trying conditions extant on BAM. In providing a backdrop for the study on the railroad troops themselves, the author touches upon the Soviet perceptions of military rail transportation in wartime conditions. To this end, despite some expressed Soviet doubt as to military railway effectiveness, the author points out several positive Soviet measures toward building a military railway reserve which implies that this mode is still of significance in contemporary Soviet military thought. Author
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics