The Bear Went Over the Mountain has been around since the 1980’s. When Les Grau originally wrote Bear it was printed only in limited quantities and largely overlooked because the military establishment saw no real value in the book. After all, America had learned its lesson about fighting an insurgent war in Vietnam. The Soviets got their butts kicked in Afghanistan and there was no way we would allow America to become involved in another insurgency. Hmm… Funny how history has a way of repeating itself! Fast forward to 2001 and we were (and still are) in Afghanistan fighting the same enemy the Soviets fought, on the same ground, using the same tactics.