RUSI JournalVolume 58Issue 5members only

The Russian Army in a Future War


In 1914 it seemed that the Russian military was improving and that its power was rising

This article presents arguments relating to the positive development of the Russian armed forces before 1914, highlighting a trend in early twentieth century military thinking. Indeed, it was the German military’s nervousness regarding increasing Russian strength that, arguably, led them to adopt such an aggressive stance towards their Eastern neighbour. We can see similar debates regarding the modern Russian Army’s materiel and organisational improvements, with particular

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