author={Ben Shepherd},
  journal={The Historical Journal},
  pages={455 - 473}
  • Ben Shepherd
  • Published 15 May 2009
  • History
  • The Historical Journal
ABSTRACT This article surveys recent research on the German Wehrmacht's anti-partisan campaign in the Soviet Union during the Second World War. German anti-partisan warfare in the Soviet Union was conducted not just against partisans, but also as cover for annihilating the Reich's ‘ideological enemies’ and plundering ‘bandit areas’ for resources. The Wehrmacht's role was significant, constituting an important element of its wider participation in Nazi crimes. The review sketches the historical… 
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Unholy Crusaders: The Wehrmacht and the Reestablishment of Soviet Churches during Operation Barbarossa
Abstract During the summer and fall of 1941, as they took part in Operation Barbarossa—the invasion of the Soviet Union—Wehrmacht personnel paused to reopen churches that had been shuttered by the
A Calculus of Complicity: The Wehrmacht, the Anti-Partisan War, and the Final Solution in White Russia, 1941–42
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  • History
    Central European History
  • 2011
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Justifying Injustice
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Lawlessness in the occupied Soviet territories during World War II
Members of both the German counterinsurgency forces and Soviet partisans terrorised the civilians of the occupied Soviet territories during World War II. At times, fighters of either force robbed,
National Socialist Criminal Law
This innovative study regards National Socialist criminal law—in accordance with the theories of continuity and radicalisation—as the racist (anti-Semitic), nationalistic (Germanic) and totalitarian
Descent into Darkness: The Local Participation of the Wehrmacht in the Holocaust in Belarus, 1941-2
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Bloodier than Boehme: The 342nd Infantry Division in Serbia, 1941
Your objective is to be achieved in a land where, in 1914, streams of German blood flowed because of the treachery of the Serbs, men and women. You are the avengers of those dead. A deterring example
The Battle for Moscow
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Royal Army, Fascist Empire: The Regio Esercito on Occupation Duty, 1936–1943
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Board Game Design as a Tool in Holocaust Education
The following paper is a report from a board game design workshop organized by a team of memory scholars, game scholars and Holocaust educators from Jagiellonian University in Kraków for a group of


Incident at Baranivka: German Reprisals and the Soviet Partisan Movement in Ukraine, October‐December 1941*
On the evening of November 4, 1941, a German army Kubelwagen drove into the Ukrainian village of Baranivka, a collective farm community located in the Ps’ol river valley about six kilometers due
Vom Kriegserlebnis zur Kriegserfahrung. Theoretische und methodische Überlegungen zur erfahrungsgeschichtlichen Untersuchung von Feldpostbriefen
Vor nimmehr fünfzehn Jahren erschien eine Sammlung von Feldpostbriefen aus dem Zweiten Weltkrieg, die bald besondere Bedeutung erlangte: »Das andere Gesicht des Krieges«2. Offensichlich hatte sie den
"Ordinary Men" or "Ideological Soldiers"? Police Battalion 310 in Russia, 1942
We police went by the phrase, 'Whatever serves the state is right, whatever harms the state is wrong.' ... it never ever entered my head that these orders could be wrong. Although I am aware that it
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Partisan and anti-partisan warfare in German-occupied Europe: views from above and lessons for the present'
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Wehrmacht anti-partisan units in the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, employs this combined approach. A research report, detailing methods and sources