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Rear Area Security in Russia: The Soviet Second Front Behind the German Lines (Historical Study Department of the Army Pamphlet No. 20-240)

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Rear Area Security in Russia

The Soviet Second Front Behind the German Lines

Department of the Army Pamphlet No. 20-240
  • Historical Study - German Report Series
    • Dept. of the Army, Washington, D.C., July 31, 1951
      • 54 pages
      • 2 maps
  • Free PDF download
This is one of the titles in the so-called German Report Series produced by the U.S. Amy using German generals and other officers to author a variety of reports on their experiences, methods, organization, combat, etc., especially as it related to their war with the Soviet Union on the Eastern Front during World War II. These titles were produced during the early years of the Cold War when the U.S. Army fully expected to end up facing the Soviets in a future war.

Thus, for the U.S. Army, these pamphlets (some of which were quite large and the term "pamphlet" does them a disservice) became a type of training manual. For the present-day historian and World War II buff, they are a source of detail not easily found elsewhere.

Eventually, all of the titles in the German Report series (as well as some in the same pamphlet series, but covering other topics and written by U.S. Army officers) will be made available in the Military Reference Library series.

This pamphlet was prepared by a committee of former German generals and general staff officers under the supervision of the Historical Division, EUCOM, in the early part of 1948. All contributors had extensive experience on the eastern front during the period 1941-45. The principal author, for example, was successively G4 of an infantry division and assistant G4 of a panzer army in Russia.

The reader is reminded that publications in the German Report Series were written by Germans from the German point of view. The Introduction and Conclusions to this study present the views of the German author without interpretation by American personnel. Minor changes in form and in section titles were made to secure greater clarity, and tactical; examples were rearranged to illustrate better the growth of the partisan front between 1942 and 1944. However, passages which reflected the author's prejudices and defects, whatever they might have been, were not changed and find the same expression in the study's translation as they did in the original German.

  • Introduction

  • German Plans and Preparations

  • The Front Behind the Front

    • Interference by Isolated Russian Units

    • German Attempts to Restore the Local Economy

    • The Rise of the Partisan Front

    • Attacks on Rail Communications

    • Disruptions of Highway Traffic

    • Attacks on Supply Depots

  • Conclusions

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