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Shadow War, Russia
German Army Counter Intelligence (on the Eastern Front)
161 pages; 7 chapters and 1 appendix
Many lives were lost in the writing of this book, which contains many secrets
concerning German Army spies and counter intelligence operatives
on the Eastern Front in World War II. The obscure authors of this work,
now long dead, hid their real names with pseudonyms because what they
reveal in these pages was lethal to all concerned. It is a grim, yet fascinating,
story of the German Army Abwehr (intelligence) agency and its
counter intelligence activities on the Eastern Front in Russia during
World War II.
As you read this book, your eyes will grow wide as you learn the secrets
of Abwehr agents who established espionage networks and led direct
action hit teams against the ruthless barbarity of Soviet spies and terror units.
The strange shadow war that they fought behind the lines, in the cities and villages of Russia, were conducted against
communist assassins, spies, partisans, and the strange Soviet SMERSH (Death to Spies) units. This story of the
Abwehr on the Eastern Front, and German Army counter intelligence inside Russia has not been told before.
Once you have digested the secrets revealed in these pages, you will understand the reality of the shadow war
conducted in Russia in World War II.
”By the end of 1941, the German 16th, 18th, and 3rd Panzer Armies had one combat company each that had been
organized by their respective Abwehr officers. In the beginning the companies consisted of 100-200 men, but they
gradually grew in size until they lost their initial specific character of security units and became Russian forces fighting
against partisans in rear areas and against Red Army troops at the front. In the winter of 1942, when Soviet troops
broke through the German lines near Tikhvin (Map 1), all the Russian combat companies except those employed by
FAT's were, sent to the front. In comparison to the Germans, they had very few casualties and gave an excellent
account of themselves.
Only volunteers were accepted for service in these companies. Often experienced secret agents joined these units,
because they did not like some phase of their work and preferred combat to counterintelligence service. The majority
of the volunteers came from POW camps where they were recruited by resident or secret agents. Usually there were
more candidates than vacancies Very few of the volunteers came from the local communities, for there were few
Russians left behind who were fit for military service.”
Excerpt from Shadow War, Russia
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