Newly released IRONBARK (Penkovsky) materials

In November 2018, I discovered parts of a 1960 Soviet report translation titled “Combat Against Enemy Nuclear Artillery, Free Rockets, and Guided Missiles in Offensive and Defensive Operations of an Army” in CIA’s online archive. The main problem addressed by the report is the destruction of US/NATO theater nuclear weapons. The report was written by the Soviet Defense Ministry’s Artillery Scientific Research Institute No.1.

The report was missing several interesting chapters in the middle, namely Chapter 4 (“The Destruction of Enemy Offensive Nuclear Weapons by Tactical and Operational-Tactical Missiles“) and Chapter 5 (“Destruction of Enemy Offensive Nuclear Weapons by Artillery“).

Of note is that the documents were part of the Ironbark series, meaning they were part of the intelligence haul deliver by GRU Colonel Oleg Penkovsky.

On a whim, I filed a FOIA through MuckRock for the missing chapters. Today, in March 2020, I received the chapters.

Unfortunately, at the time I had for some reason missed that there was a Chapter 7 to the handbook, so that remains missing. All of the other parts of the book are linked below. The available parts are linked to the CIA archives directly, and the missing pieces I’ve made available separately.

Table of Contents and Introduction
Chapter 1: Basic Principles of the Combat Employment of Subunits of Nuclear Artillery, Free Rockets, and Guided Missiles, according to the Views of Our Probable Enemies
Chapter 2: Reconnaissance of Enemy Offensive Nuclear Weapons
Chapter 3: Methods of Determining Settings for Fire for Effect Against Enemy Offensive Nuclear Weapons
Chapter 4 (new in 2020!): The Destruction of Enemy Offensive Nuclear Weapons by Tactical and Operational-Tactical Missiles
Chapter 5 (new in 2020!): Destruction of Enemy Offensive Nuclear Weapons by Artillery
Chapter 6: Principles of Planning Combat Against the Enemy’s Offensive Nuclear Weapons
Chapter 7 missing
Conclusions and Bibliography

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