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Russia's Chechen wars 1994-2000: lessons from urban combat

Russia's Chechen wars 1994-2000: lessons from urban combat

Oliker, Olga, author

An examination of the difficulties faced by the Russian military in planning and carrying out urban operations in Chechnya. Russian and rebel military forces fought to control the Chechen city of Grozny in the winters of 1994-1995 and 1999-2000, as well as clashing in smaller towns and villages. The author examines both Russian and rebel tactics and operations in those battles, focusing on how and why the combatants' approaches changed over time. The study concludes that while the Russian military was able to significantly improve its ability to carry out a number of key tasks in the five-year interval between the wars, other important missions--particularly in the urban realm--were ignored, largely in the belief that the urban mission could be avoided. This conscious decision not to prepare for a most stressful battlefield met with devastating results, a lesson the United States would be well served to study

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Published Santa Monica, CA : Rand 2001

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Statement of responsibility: Olga Oliker
ISBN: 0833029983, 0833032488, 9780833029980, 9780833032485
Note: "Prepared for the United States Army. Approved for public release; distribution unlimited."
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 87-102).
Note: Print version record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxv, 102 pages) : maps
System: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Subject: HISTORY Military Strategy.; Urban warfare.; HISTORY.
Restrictions: Use copy Restrictions unspecified
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.]: HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. Introduction
  2. Grozny I: 1994-1995
  3. Return to Grozny: 1999-2000
  4. Conclusions.