Accession Number:

ADA159588

Title:

The Soviet Style of Surprise

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

181.0

Abstract:

This thesis examines the nature and scope of surprise and its uses in modern warfare using historical data, computer-aided analysis, and three case studies Manchuria, Czechoslovakia, Afghanistan. From the data analysis, this thesis develops a Soviet style of surprise. Additionally, the analysis indicated that with a relatively small number of deceptive uses the probability of a successful surprise attack is very high even if the uses are detected and a warning is sounded. This thesis ends by making several recommendations on how the effects of a surprise attack may be reduced if not eliminated.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE