Moscow: Military Publishing, 1985. Presumed First Edition, First printing thus. 1 of 50,000. Hardcover. Text in Russian. 221,  pages. Illustrations. Format is approximately 5.25 inches by 8 inches. This is organized into the following chapters: Organization of the Warsaw Pact; Bulgarian People's Army, Hungarian People's Army, National People's Army of the German Democratic Republic, Polish Army, Army of the Socialist Republic of Romania, Army of the USSR, Czechoslovakia People's Army, and Attachments. The Warsaw Pact, formally known as the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance, was a collective defence treaty among the Soviet Union and seven Soviet satellite states of Central and Eastern Europe during the Cold War. The Warsaw Pact was the military complement to the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance, the regional economic organization for the socialist states of Central and Eastern Europe. The Warsaw Pact was created in reaction to the integration of West Germany into NATO in 1955, but it is also considered to have been motivated by Soviet desires to maintain control over military forces in Central and Eastern Europe. The Warsaw Pact was established as a counterweight to NATO; there was no direct confrontation between them. Its largest military engagement was the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in August 1968 (with the participation of all Pact nations except Albania, Romania and East Germany), which, in part, resulted in Albania withdrawing from the pact less than a month later. The Pact began to unravel in its entirety with the spread of the Revolutions of 1989 through the Eastern Bloc, beginning with the Solidarity movement in Poland and its electoral success in June 1989. Condition: Very good.
Keywords: Cold War, Warsaw Pact, Military Alliance, Collective Security, Red Army, People's Army, Eastern Europe, Collective Defense, Treaty, Military Forces, Reference Works