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Warfare in the Far North (Historical Study Department of the Army Pamphlet No. 20-292)

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Warfare in the Far North

(Historical Study Department of the Army Pamphlet No. 20-292)

  • German Report Series
    • Dept. of the Army, Washington, D.C.,October 3, 1951
    • 35 pages
    • 1 map
  • Free PDF download
This pamphlet was prepared by Dr. Waldemar Erfurth at the EUCOM Historical Division Interrogation Inclosure, Neustadt, Germany, late in 1947. Dr. Erfurth represented the German Armed Forces High Command at Finnish Headquarters from June 1941 until the Finnish surrender in September 1944. He attained the rank of lieutenant general (General der Infanterie) in the German Army, and was a United States prisoner of war when this study was written.
     Like all publications in the GERMAN REPORT SERIES, this is a translation from the German and presents the views of the German author without interpretation by American personnel. Throughout this pamphlet, Finnish and Russian combat methods, organization, and equipment are compared to those of the German Army. The descriptions of Finnish climate and terrain involve comparisons with that of Germany.
     In the preparation of this revised edition, the German text has been retranslated, and certain changes in typography and chapter titles have been made to improve clarity and facilitate its use. The authors views, whatever they may be, find the same expression in the following translation as they do in the original German.
     Those interested in a detailed history of the war in Finland, especially its political and diplomatic aspects, are referred to Dr. Erfurth's book Der Finnische Krieg 1941-1944 (Wiesbaden, 1950). No English translation is available at this time.

Contents
  • CHAPTER 1: THE CLIMATE
    • Section I: German Ignorance of the Artic
    • Section II: Protective Measures of the Finns
  • CHAPTER 2: THE TERRAIN
    • Section I: General Characteristics
    • Section II: Effect Upon Operations
    • Section III: Individual Sectors
    • Section IV: Significance of the Murmansk Railroad
    • Section V: The Finnish Transportation Network
  • CHAPTER 3: ORGANIZATION AND TACTICS
    • Section I: Ski Troops
    • Section II: Organization of Finnish Troop Units
    • Section III: Finnish Training Doctrine
    • Section IV: Marshal Mannerheim as a Commander
    • Section V: Peculiarities of Finnish Tactics
    • Section VI: Russian Tactics in the Far North
    • Section VII: Lessons From the Russian Summer Offensive
  • CHAPTER 4: PROSPECTS
  • GENERAL REFERENCE MAP

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