Regarded by many as one of the best western military historians of the Soviet role in World War II, Col. Glantz has written or co-authored more than twenty published books and over one hundred articles on the history of the Red (Soviet) Army, Soviet military strategy, operational art and tactics, Soviet airborne operations, intelligence, and deception, and other topics related to World War II. Glantz received degrees in history from the Virginia Military Institute and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Defense Language Institute, Institute for Russian and Eastern European Studies, and U.S. Army War College. He began his military career in 1963 as a field artillery officer in the United States Army from 1965 to 1969, and served in various assignments during the Vietnam War with the II Field Force Fire Support Coordination Element (FSCE) at the “Plantation” in Long Binh.
After teaching history at the United States Military Academy from 1969 through 1973, he completed the army’s Soviet foreign area specialist program and became chief of Estimates in US Army Europe’s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence from 1977 to 1979. Upon his return to the United States in 1979, he became Director of Soviet Army Operations at the Center for Land Warfare at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, from 1983 to 1986. In 1986, he founded and later directed the U.S. Army’s Soviet (later Foreign) Military Studies Office (FMSO), where he remained until his retirement in 1993 with the rank of Colonel.
In 1993, he established The Journal of Slavic Military Studies, a scholarly journal for which he serves as chief editor, which covers military affairs in the states of Central and Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union. As a member of the Russian Federation’s Academy of Natural Sciences, Glantz has received several awards, including the Society of Military History’s prestigious Samuel Eliot Morrison Prize for his contributions to the study of military history.
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