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Makhmut Akhmetovich Gareyev (Russian: Махмут Ахметович Гареев Tatar: Мәхмүт Әхмәт улы Гәрәев) (born June 23, 1923) is a Russian General of the Army, a historian, and a military scientist. Former Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the USSR. Currently the president of the Russian Academy of Military Sciences. He holds the Doctor of Science degree in History and Military Science.

Makhmut Gareev
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Born (1923-06-23) June 23, 1923 (age 95)
Chelyabinsk, RSFSR, USSR
Allegiance Soviet Union,  Russia
Service/branchSoviet Army,
Years of service1941–1992
RankGeneral of the Army
Commands heldChief Adviser to the President Democratic Republic of Afghanistan – Chief of the Armed Forces DRA
President of the Academy of Military Sciences
Battles/warsWorld War II
Soviet–Afghan War
AwardsOrder of Lenin
Order of the Red Banner (4 times)
Order of Alexander Nevsky
Order of the Patriotic War (1st and 2nd class)
Order of the Red Banner of Labour
Order of the Red Star
Order for Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR (2nd and 3rd class)

A decorated veteran of the Second World War, he had a lifelong career in the Soviet military starting from the Third Lieutenant in the beginning of the war (having graduated from TVOKU in Tashkent in 1941) and reaching a rank of the General in the 1970s.

His positions also included serving as the military adviser to the President of Egypt in the 1970s and to President Najibullah of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan in 1989–1991.

Gareev has been involved in work on military history since the 1950s. He authored many books including by himself or as an editor-in-chief of the collective works. Some of his books and articles have been translated and published into English.

Partial bibliographyEdit

  • General Gareev, If War Comes Tomorrow?: The Contours of Future Armed Conflict (Cass Series on Soviet Military Theory and Practice) (Paperback), Routledge, 1998, ISBN 0-7146-4368-8
  • Makhmut Akhmetovich Gareev, M.V. Frunze, Military Theorist (Hardcover), Macmillan, 1988, ISBN 0-08-035183-2
  • M. A. Gareev, Marshal Zhukov: Velichie i unikalnost polkovodcheskogo iskusstva, Vostochnyi universitet, 1996, ISBN 5-87865-109-2
  • M. A. Gareev, Neodnoznachnye stranitsy voiny: Ocherki o problemnykh voprosakh istorii Velikoi Otechestvennoi voiny, RFM, 1995, ISBN 5-88793-001-2
  • M. A. Gareev, Konturen des bewaffneten Kampfes der Zukunft: Ein Ausblick auf das Militarwesen in den nachsten 10 bis 15 Jahren (Schriftenreihe des Bundesinstituts fur ... und Internationale Studien, Koln), Nomos; 1. Aufl edition (1996), ISBN 3-7890-3938-1
  • M. A. Gareev, Moia posledniaia voina: Afganistan bez sovetskikh voisk, INSAN, 1996, ISBN 5-85840-277-1