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The Spanish Civil War, the Soviet Union, and Communism$
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Stanley G. Payne

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300100686

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300100686.001.0001

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Soviet Military Participation 1936–1939

Soviet Military Participation 1936–1939

(p.153) Chapter Eight Soviet Military Participation 1936–1939
The Spanish Civil War, the Soviet Union, and Communism

StanLey G. Payne

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the intervention of the USSR in the Spanish Civil War as the most extensive Soviet military action since the close of the Russian Civil War. More troops had been involved in the domestic campaigns against Muslim rebels, finally subdued by 1936, and more had also been used in the conquest of Outer Mongolia and in the Manchurian operation, while other actions such as those in Iran and Sinkiang had involved no more than a handful of troops. Altogether, the number of military personnel was limited, and Soviet sources recognize little more than 3,000 in all, of whom 200 were killed. The Soviet manpower involved in Spain was far exceeded by the approximately 16,000 Germans and 70,000 Italians who at one time or another served in Spain.

Keywords:   domestic campaigns, USSR, Spanish Civil War, Soviet military action, Russian Civil War, Manchurian operation, military personnel

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