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Secret Wehrmacht in Soviet Union Russia
Secret Wehrmacht in Russia
3rd Reich-Soviet Union Pre-War Cooperation
© 2012
167 pages; 8 chapters and 1 appendix
Few people realize that the Soviet Union was cooperatively involved with
their main enemy, Germany
, in three ways between 1919 and 1933. As
Secret Wehrmacht in Russia recounts, all three competitive interactions were
occurring simultaneously. From 1919 to 1933 hundreds of NKVD infiltrators,
working with thousands of German communists, orchestrated a civil war inside
Germany that nearly transformed Germany into a communist satellite of Stalin.
At the same time, German armed forces, the
Wehrmacht, were secretly
training ground and air forces inside the Soviet Union
. That secret
training was matched by simultaneous German-Soviet trade agreements, which
resulted in the exchange of economic necessities.
Secret Wehrmacht in
Russia
introduces the reader to an understanding of Third Reich-Soviet
Union pre-World War II cooperation.
Review Table of Contents
“In 1926, the Germans established a Panzerschule (armored training school) codenamed “Kama” in Soviet Kazan. Its
purpose was to teach both practical and theoretical aspects of armored warfare. Students at the school, both German
and Russian, were able to learn the latest and most modern thinking of the German General Staff regarding armored
warfare. By 1929, the basic infrastructure had been built at the base and the first Panzers started arriving; six 23-ton
tanks (BMW engines; 75mm main gun) and three 12-ton tanks armed with 37mm guns. Across the wide-open spaces
of Soviet Kazan, German and Soviet armored officers practiced the freewheeling combat art to be known in the future
as “Blitzkreig”.
The
Soviet Army gave the Reichswehr (German Army) a number of British Carden-Lloyd light tanks. In return for
those,
Germany provided the Soviet Union with a number of industrial and manufacturing tools the Soviets were not
yet capable of fabricating.
General Lutz of the Reichswehr was the Commanding Officer of the Motor Transport Inspection Nr. 6. One of the
school’s most famous teachers was Heinz Guderian, the German Army’s leading and most gifted proponent of panzer
warfare.
No German uniforms were worn by
the Wehrmacht training personnel in Russia, and only civilian clothing was
permitted. Occasionally, the Soviets who trained at the panzer school as well let the Germans borrow their uniforms
for a while.
In addition, a small German Army Officer Training School was established in Moscow.
German and Red Army
officers who studied at that school
were focused upon the developing warfighting concept known as “Operational
Art”. Known German graduates of that course included the rising Reichsmer stars Keitel, Manstein, and Model. Those
three officers later rose to very high ranking general officer status within the German Army. As officers who had spent
a long time working with Russian officers, they were privy to a unique understanding of Soviet military psychology."
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