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CIA Analysis of the Warsaw Pact Forces

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CIA Analysis of the Warsaw Pact Forces:  The Importance of Clandestine Reporting

This study examines the role of clandestine reporting in CIA’s analysis of the Warsaw Pact from 1955 to 1985. The Soviet Union established itself as a threat to the West at the end of World War II by its military occupation of eastern European countries and the attempts of its armed proxies to capture Greece and South Korea. The West countered with the formation of NATO. While the West welcomed West Germany into NATO, the Soviets established a military bloc of Communist nations with the Warsaw Treaty of May 1955. This study continues CIA’s efforts to provide a detailed record of the intelligence derived from clandestine human and technical sources from that period. This intelligence was provided to US policy makers and used to assess the political and military balances and confrontations in Central Europe between the Warsaw Pact and NATO during the Cold War.

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SPECIALCOLLECTION

I-008 “Reductions in Officer Strength in the Soviet Army,” CIA/DP Information Report, 8 November 1954 (DOI, fall 1954).

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a60837
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1954-11-08.pdf76.09 KB

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I-035 “Soviet and East German Propaganda on the Status of Berlin,” FBIS Radio Propaganda Report, 19 January 1956.

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a6082f
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1956-01-19.pdf185.28 KB

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I-036 “The Soviet October Revolution Slogans,” Radio Propaganda Report, 29 October 1956.

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a6082d
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1956-10-29.pdf1.17 MB

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I-039 “Zhukov address to GSFG Senior Troop Commanders,” CIA/DP Information Report, 29 March 1957 (DOI, 12–16 March 1957).

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a60919
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1957-03-29.pdf1.43 MB

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I-046 “Zhukov’s Position after the Presidium Purge; Impact of the Purge on the Soviet Armed Forces and KGB,” CIA/DP Information Report, 27 July 1957 (DOI, late July 1957).

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a6091d
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1957-07-27.pdf289.67 KB

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I-050 “Joint Army Maneuvers,” CIA/DP Information Report, 27 August 1957 (DOI, mid-August 1957).

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a6090c
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1957-08-27.pdf284.31 KB

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I-056 “CC/CPSU Secret Letter Criticizing Political Work in the Soviet Army,” CIA/DP Information Report, 3 November 1957 (DOI, 19 October 1957).

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a60907
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1957-11-03a.pdf221.4 KB

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I-057 “CC/CPSU Letter Concerning Removal of Zhukov as Minister of Defense,” CIA/DP Information Report, 3 November 1957 (DOI, 1 November 1957).

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a60915
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1957-11-03b.pdf94.63 KB

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I-059 “Soviet Army and Air Force Units in the Belorussia and Kiev Military Districts and East Germany,” CIA/DP Information Report, 21 November 1957 (DOI, September and October 1957).

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a60913
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1957-11-21a.pdf247.24 KB

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I-060 “Reprimand of Grechko by Zhukov and Other Criticisms of Zhukov,” CIA/DP Information Report, 21 November 1957 (DOI, 27-29 October 1957).

Document Number: 5166d4f999326091c6a60912
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1957-11-21b.pdf400.52 KB

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