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Soviet Military Imperialism
20th Century Soviet Aggression
151 pages; 12 chapters and 2 appendixes
Since the 1920s, the Red Army has been the thrusting spear of
Soviet Imperialism. In the mid to late 20th Century, the Red Army
participated in a number of wars against the USA, Israel, and other
western or pro-western nations. In the Korean War of the 1950s, and
in the Vietnam War 1960-74, Red Army soldiers and airman killed
thousands of American soldiers, and they owe us buckets of blood in
revenge. In the 1970s, soviet military imperialism was found
throughout Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America (especially
Cuba). Soviet Military Imperialism compares soviet imperialism
in the mid to latter 20th century to soviet imperialism during the
decade 1930-1940. It doesn’t take a rocket-scientist or a homemaker
to understand that Soviet Military Imperialism has been a dark
scourge on the world for nearly 100 years. The Russia of today is
just as dangerous and imperialistic as the Soviet Russia of the
near past. In 2005, they proved that they still perceive the US as their
main enemy, when Russia and Communist China formed a coalition
demanding that US forces withdraw from all central Asian bases being
used to fight the War on Terror.
“By the summer of 1978 there were 100 Soviet advisers in Ethiopia, but by the end of the year, 3,000 were present for
duty. Increased shipments of Soviet combat equipment began to arrive daily. Starting in November 1977 and lasting until
January 1978, the Soviet high command organized an air bridge between the two countries. Some 225 cargo planes,
mainly the AN-32 type, airlifted military cargo to Ethiopia worth one billion dollars. By sea, major shipments of T-54 and T-
55 tanks, 135mm artillery guns, air defense weapons systems, MiG-21 and 23 fighter aircraft, small arms, and many
military vehicles were shipped.
In this connection, the Soviet Union was not the only nation supplying weapons and equipment to Ethiopia and Somalia.
Cuba, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, South Yemen, North Korea, and Libya were also providing such aid. The flow to
Somalia ceased in 1977 and was diverted to Ethiopia. But, as in other cases we have already described, the Soviet Union
was providing the bulk of these shipments.
The actual fighting against the Somalian Army was not conducted only by Ethiopian troops. The Cuban government at
the urging of the USSR sent large contingents of soldiers to Ethiopia and other countries in Africa where unrest was
present, like Angola. Starting with only a few hundred Cubans in Ethiopia, the numbers increased to 3,000 and then
18,500 men by the end of' 1977. These were regular troop formations that arrived with organic weapons and combat
equipment mainly of Soviet production like T62 tanks and infantry fighting vehicles. These Cubans formed the main
striking force against the Somalians. By early 1978, they were achieving real success in battles with the Somalian Army.
Eventually, the combined forces of Ethiopians, Cubans, and Soviets were able to decisively defeat the Somalian Army and
restore the province of Ogaden to Ethiopian control. But President Menghistu was not content to let well enough alone.
He directed his forces against the dissident Eritreans and Tigreans with unfortunate results. For more than a decade,
Ethiopia was at war with its neighbors, the Soviet Union supplying the most modern equipment to a losing cause. Finally,
in 1991 rebel forces deposed Menghistu and set up a government in Addis Ababa.”
Excerpt from Soviet Military Imperialism
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