March 30th, 2003

Stone

David R. Stone “Tukhachevsky in Leningrad: Military Politics and exile, 1928-31” Europe-Asia Studies, Vol 48, No. 8, 1996 1365-1386

Historians have given varied explanations for the interruption in TT’s brisk ascent and his three years in Leningrad, though many Soviet writers avoided discussing political disputes by simply ignoring their existence. While almost all, east and West, have noted frictions between Voroshilov and TT, those Soviet and Russian writers who do pay attention to military politics have pointed to a long-standing argument between advocates of new technology and traditionalists emphasising a continued role for old tactics and arms, especially cavalry, claiming that future wars would be decided by “the bayonet and sabre”. Even as late as 1928, however, Soviet tank forces and the Soviet tank industry were still too small to elicit concern in even the most fanatical proponents of cavalry. The Soviet tank