Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Soviet-Afghan War

On December 24 1979, Soviet forces entered Afghanistan to help support the pro-Soviet government that took power the year before against insurgent forces (Mujahideen) who received support by Western and Gulf countries. The war lasted about 9 years and was largely considered a failure and in other words, the Soviet Union's Vietnam war. Soviet forces and allies usually controlled the main cities in Afghanistan while the Mujahideen controlled the country side and waged guerrilla warfare during the war. Between 850000 and 1.5 million people perished during the war with 14,453 soviet forces, 18,000 Afghan forces, and around 75,000 to 90,000 mujahideen killed.

The Soviet-Afghan war played a large part on people in the soviet union and many songs were created during and after the war. Here's some songs about the war.




A good movie to watch about вдв(paratroopers) in the Soviet-Afghan war is 'The 9th Company'. I personally watched it about a year ago and really enjoyed the movie. The movie should be on Netflix

Soviet Armored Column in Afghanistan mid 1980s

Glorious comrades pose in front of an Mi-24 'Hind'

An Mi-2 that was downed by local insurgent forces during the Soviet-Afghan War. 

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