The 3,000 Secret Russian Soldiers who fought in Vietnam speak out… What of Russians in Angola?


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The 3,000 Secret Russian Soldiers who fought in Vietnam speak out… What of Russians in Angola?

Date Posted: Sunday 30-Mar-2008

[But this is good! I’m glad the Russians are speaking about where they were! It was all hushed up and secret at the time. Ditto for Angola in the 1970’s and 1980s. There were over 3,200 Russian officers and others from the Warsaw pact in Angola assisting, advising and even commanding the forces there!


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The overall commander of the Angolan and Cuban forces at one time was General Shaganovitch. (I have now seen this confirmed in Fred Brigland’s book, “The War for Africa”). This information about General Shaganovitch is carefully HUSHED UP these days. But he was the OVERALL FORCE COMMANDER OF EVERY SINGLE SOLDIERS IN ANGOLA DURING THE WAR IN 1986 AND 1987. He commanded the: Angolans, ANC, SWAPO, Cubans, East Germans and the Russians who were there at the time. General Shaganovitch even overrode Fidel Castro himself.


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Someone in the West (The liberals?) always tried to hide the Russian involvement in many wars. This information was carefully removed from the Western Mass media. But the rest of us knew it had happened. Jan]

Joseph Smith, the American officer who fought in Vietnam & Rhodesia, sent me these comments:

This states that 3000 Soviets assisted Hanoi with air defense during the Vietnam War. Three are pictured. Fascinating.

But the Soviets were more involved.

As a staff officer @ Special Forces (Green Beret) HQ in Nha Trang, Vietnam-1968 – I remember reading a report from one of our remote Special Forces camps that had spotted a huge Russian troop deployment helicopter flying by at night.

But it was a “civil war” w/o a Cold War link. What COLD WAR anyway?

Hey, I haven’t heard of a single protest in Vietnam. Not for about 35 years anyway.


Here is the original article he was referring to:-

USSR ‘secret’ Vietnam soldiers speak out
Russian veterans have gathered to mark the anniversary of America’s withdrawal from the Vietnam War. More than 3,000 Soviet soldiers fought in the conflict despite years of government denials that they were ever involved.

It was America’s longest and most divisive war, with almost 60,000 young men dead in a conflict that killed more than five million on all sides.

Most still think of Vietnam as a war the U.S. and its South Vietnamese allies fought against the North.

But Soviet Union’s men were there, too, doing their part to advance the spread of communism. They are some of the Soviet Union’s forgotten soldiers, veterans of a war their government denied involvement in for almost twenty years.

It was only after the regime collapsed in 1991 that officials admitted more than 3,000 Soviet troops fought against the Americans in Vietnam.

Now, some of these old soldiers are together again to mark the 35th anniversary of the U.S. withdrawal.


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“Officially we were known as a group of Russian military experts. The commander was referred to simply as the senior expert. Thus, technically, there were no Russian units in Vietnam. The only thing we knew was that we were Soviet people, Soviet soldiers, and that we had to do whatever it took to stop air raids, which is what we did,” Nikolay Kolesnik, Vietnam veteran, remembers.

Soviet expertise played a vital part in training Vietnamese forces and Soviet anti-aircraft missiles to inflict heavy damage on American planes.


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Those who fought alongside the Russians say it’s difficult to overestimate the impact they had.


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“The Soviet Union was a huge help in the war. We have a lot of respect for Russian equipment and Russian experts. Their equipment was better than what the Americans had. That’s why we were able to win,” Lee Cong Niem, Vietnam veteran, said.


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Saturday’s ceremony was a chance for the next generation of soldiers to meet the men who have done it all before and for a grateful nation to thank the veterans who were its unsung allies for so long.

For years, those were the men who ‘weren’t there’, veterans of a war their government said they never fought in. Now, thirty-five years after the last of them left the jungles of Vietnam they can properly commemorate their part in one of the 20th century’s most significant conflicts.
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Posted By: Jan
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