Soviet Partisan vs German Security Soldier

Soviet Partisan vs German Security Soldier

Eastern Front 1941–44

Combat 44
  • Author: Alexander Hill
  • Illustrator: Johnny Shumate
  • Short code: CBT 44
  • Publication Date: 31 Oct 2019
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The savage partisan war on the Eastern Front during World War II saw a wide variety of forces deployed by both sides. On the Soviet side, civilian partisans fought alongside and in co-operation with Red Army troops and Red Army and NKVD ‘special forces'. On the German side, German Army security divisions, with indigenous components including cavalry, fought alongside SS police and Waffen-SS units and other front-line troops employed for short periods in the anti-partisan role.

In addition to providing the background history of the forces of both sides, this study focuses upon three examples of German anti-partisan operations that show varied success in dealing with the Soviet partisan threat. Notably, it covers a major operation in north-west Russia during the spring of 1943 - Operation Spring Clean - that saw Wehrmacht security forces including local components fighting alongside troops under the SS umbrella against a number of Soviet partisan brigades. During the fighting, German forces even employed captured French tanks from earlier in the war against the partisans.

Featuring specially commissioned artwork and drawing upon an array of sources, this is an absorbing account of the brutal fighting between German security forces and their Soviet partisan opponents during the long struggle for victory on World War II's Eastern Front.

Biographical Note

Alexander Hill is an associate professor in military history at the University of Calgary in Canada, and specialises in Soviet military history from 1917 to 1945. He has published a range of books and articles that cover not only the Red Army at war but also the Soviet Navy and Soviet partisan movement. He is based in Alberta, Canada. Johnny Shumate began his career in 1987 after graduating from Austin Peay State University, and now works as a freelance illustrator. Most of his work is rendered in Adobe Photoshop using a Cintiq monitor. His greatest influences are Angus McBride, Don Troiani and Édouard Detaille. He lives in Tennessee.

Contents

Introduction
The Opposing Sides
Combat 1
Combat 2
Combat 3
Analysis
Aftermath
Unit Organizations
Bibliography
Index
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