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Active Soviet military support for Indonesia during the 1962 West New Guinea crisis

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-220
Number of pages20
Issue number2
Early online date10 Feb 2015
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2015


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This article shows that during the 1962 West New Guinea Crisis the Soviet Union played a much more active military role than previously assumed. Khrushchev secretly supplied Indonesia with Soviet manned submarines and bombers, and was prepared for these units to participate in an Indonesian attack against the Dutch. The Soviets also helped the Indonesians draw up operational plans. This deployment fits into a pattern of covert Soviet military interventions in the developing world between 1960 and 1962 and suggests that in some cases Khrushchev was prepared to use Soviet military units to support wars of national liberation in the developing world.

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