Soviet Naval Infantry: A New Capability?
NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI
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The long history of the Soviet Naval Infantry dates back to 1706 when the prescient Peter the Great created the Sea Regiment. From that time until the present, the course of its history has been an uneven one its strength has changed from time to time as it expanded and shrank, both in importance and in numbers. At intervals only a token force, it burgeoned into the 600,000 man force of marine strength during World War II. Its most recent reemphasis by the Kremlin leaders in 1964 is a matter for serious concern because it took place at a time when many considered the nuclear strategic weapon the only effective military means of conducting warfare.
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