Vietnam 'Vets' and the Soviet Experience

Ben Shephard examines the comparisons between American Vietnam veterans and Soviets who served in Afghanistan

A Soviet Spetsnaz (special operations) group prepares for a mission in Afghanistan, 1988. Photo by Mikhail Evstafiev

'You can't understand who the civilians are and who are the enemy.'
'We could have won the war if we'd had a free hand.'
'Nobody knew what we were going through.'
'Why were we in Afghanistan?'

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