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German Army vs. Soviet Partisans on the Eastern Front
German Army vs. Soviet Partisans
Soviet Partisans on the Eastern Front, WW2
© 2006
401 pages; 12 chapters and 1 appendix
From 1941 through the latter part of 1944, the German Army fought over a million
Soviet partisans
, behind the Eastern Front. In that colossal struggle, an entirely
different German Army from the one fighting at the frontlines, engaged the
Soviet partisans
. That alternate German Army was composed of 9 German
Security Divisions, 2-4 Hungarian Security Divisions, several German Reserve
Divisions, a variety of Axis Security Units, and over a million Polish, Ukrainian,
Cossack, and Russian anti-partisan troops. The
Soviet partisans were a brutal,
inhumane, mass of outlaws and murderers
. Under strict Red Army supervision,
they used terror to control the civilian population, and ambushes and assassinations
against the Germans and their allies. As the
Soviet partisan movement grew
, more and more Red Army troop units were infiltrated through the lines,
and parachuted into partisan base areas located in the huge Russian forests of
Western Russia to reinforce partisan armies. Periodically,
German Army frontline
combat troops
, who were recuperating behind the lines, would carry out major
anti-partisan sweeps and attack fortified partisan villages deep within the forests and
German Army vs. Soviet Partisans goes into great detail describing the
partisan movement in Russia.
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“As the Red Army continued to press its advantage in the last days of January, the bands in the central sector came
more boldly into the picture. With the temperature moderating somewhat, from -47 degrees F on 20 January to +5
degrees ten days later, they began moving northward out of their forest bases about Bryansk in some numbers and
appearing between Smolensk and the rear of the Fourth Army. Here they
joined forces with a number of Red Army
parachute units
dropped into the same area and were gradually pulled under the provisional command of General
Belov, a Red Army cavalry corps commander who had broken through the German front with his divisions. Belov had
established his headquarters at Dorogobuzh between Smolensk and Vyazma, and many of the bands set up their
command posts in the vicinity. From this area a
combined force of partisans, parachutists, and cavalry caused such
along the Smolensk-Vyazma rail line and highway, the principal supply line for the army group, that the
Germans were forced to pull out elements of the 5th and 11th Panzer Divisions to right the situation.”
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