Accession Number:

ADA169710

Title:

SPETSNAZ (Spetsial'noye Naznacheniye): The Soviet Union's Special Operations Forces.

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE COLL WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

141.0

Abstract:

Soviet special operations forces or SPETSNAZ spetsialnoye naznacheniye are often misidentified, commonly attributed with performing super-human endeavors, and are usually referred to in exaggerated numbers. Many of their political activities, which contribute toward maintaining communist party rule within the Soviet Union and its influence outside the Soviet Union, are often incorrectly compared mirror-imaged with American military special operations. In many situations, SPETSNAZ are often deployed because they are politically reliable, and not because their mission is a special operation. Historical analysis and a literature comparison was the methodology used for investigating the nature of SPETSNAZ. Many authors writing on SPETSNAZ apparently borrowed from other authors, embellishing originally inaccurate information which had to be compared, culled, and verified. Historical inference was also important since information on SPETSNAZ activities before and during the Second World War is more widely available than sparse post-war information.

Subject Categories:

  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE