The Fall and Rise of Marshal Tukhachevsky
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Although Soviet military theory and tactics are now the subject of exhaustive study in the West, comparatively little attention is paid to the men who were most important to their development during the 1920s and 1930s. Our attention too often is so frozen on the traumatic events of Hitlers conflagration that we tend to look on the Russian Army strictly in terms of its deployment and capabilities after the German Panzers crossed the Bug and Dniester in the small hours of 22 June 1941. Yet one man whose ideas on warfare contributed significantly to the ultimate defeat of the Germans had been dead for four years before that massive incursion Marshal Mikhail Nikolaevich Tukhachevsky. This article provides an introduction to the man his career, his ideas, his downfall, and his subsequent rehabilitation.
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