I heard a scholarly gentleman make this claim (without giving any details of his sources) that after the Sino-Soviet split the most capable forces were not aligned for a war with the West but were deployed against a Chinese threat.

Is there any documented evidence for this?

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    Maybe you could specify which time period this would be. All of the 70s and 80s?
    – Tomas By
    Oct 14 '19 at 20:11
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    Do you remember the name of the "scholarly gentleman"? Not all 'scholars' are equally reliable as sources. Oct 14 '19 at 20:22
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    Warsaw Pact Order of Battle June 1989: Group of Soviet Forces Germany, 9 pages; Far East Military District, 2 pages.
    – Tomas By
    Oct 14 '19 at 21:01
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    It's also a bit subjective. According to the British army the best Soviet army was 3SA, and according to the Americans it was (iirc) 8GTA, i.e. the ones they were facing, respectively.
    – Tomas By
    Oct 14 '19 at 22:20
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    Level of training is hard to discern, but best equipped certainly no . Units in the East tended to receive newer equipment after those in the West. For example IS-3M tank still served in Transbaikal Military District in 1980's while units opposing NATO switched to much more modern T-80.
    – rs.29
    Oct 15 '19 at 6:42

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