Behind Soviet Lines: Hitler’s Brandenburgers Capture the by David R. Higgins PDF

By David R. Higgins

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Featuring especially drawn full-color paintings and specialist research of the Maikop operation, this evaluation of the dramatic raid that introduced intact Soviet oil-production amenities into Nazi palms casts new gentle of the German special-forces operations at the japanese Front.

With his forces having conquered a tremendous swathe of previously Soviet territory within the months following the release of Operation Barbarossa in June 1941, Hitler deliberate to proceed the Germans' strategic offensive opposed to the Soviet Union's oil-production potential within the southern Caucasus zone in the course of the summer season of 1942. to assist pave the best way for normal forces, the Abwehr (German army intelligence) despatched ahead 'Brandenburger' commando devices to pave the best way utilizing strategies that had confirmed winning during the past Western and Balkan campaigns. those commandos may safe oil-producing resources till extra traditional forces from 1. Panzerarmee and 17. Armee may well arrive in power. especially informed in international cultures and armed forces autos, small-unit strategies, parachuting, sabotage, reconnaissance, assassination and deception innovations, those elite commandos often operated in company-sized devices or smaller and recruited many 'non-Aryan' local audio system of these languages spoken within the aim countries.

In early August 1942, a small Brandenburger unit of Baltic and Sudeten Germans led through Freiherr Adrian von Fölkersam penetrated some distance sooner than German commonplace forces to grab Soviet oil amenities round Maikop. Disguised as individuals of Stalin's NKVD, the repressive police corporation dreaded via so much Soviet voters and squaddies, Fölkersam's command gone through the Soviet entrance traces utilizing captured vans and moved deep into antagonistic territory, the place the chaos of the Soviet battlefield scenario aided of their passing as 'official'. As typical German forces approached after a number of days, the Brandenburgers went into motion utilizing grenades to simulate an artillery assault sooner than disabling Maikop's army verbal exchange community. Having formerly obvious Fölkersam with their commander, and missing any communications to rebut or ascertain his assertion, the Soviets started to evacuate Maikop at Fölkersam's urging. The German spearhead entered town on nine August 1942 opposed to minimum resistance and located that a number of oil-production amenities have been nonetheless functioning.

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Over the previous two days, the Soviet Ninth Army had been withdrawing through the area ahead of the German advance, and 1st Separate Cavalry Corps had moved up to establish defensive positions along the rail line and Rasshevatka River that ran through Novoalexandrovsk along a roughly east– west line. As the cavalry formation’s second incarnation (the first having been destroyed during Barbarossa’s initial stage), it had served under Budyonny’s direct authority since 20 May 1942, and had recently fought in Rostov-on-Don’s defence.

Asked for his opinion, Fölkersam responded that they were excellent, provided the Fascist tanks remained on the road and moved in a row. Should they instead spread out in a line across the sunflower fields, or from an unexpected direction, a more distributed force distribution was needed. Fölkersam added that such a scenario had been the Soviet defenders’ undoing at Taganrog and Rostov-on-Don, as German spearheads simply skirted the main road and attacked from unexpected directions. For emphasis, he pointed out potential locations from which an attack could originate, and that to prevent the enemy from penetrating into the south of the city, a staggered defence was always preferable.

Over the previous two days, the Soviet Ninth Army had been withdrawing through the area ahead of the German advance, and 1st Separate Cavalry Corps had moved up to establish defensive positions along the rail line and Rasshevatka River that ran through Novoalexandrovsk along a roughly east– west line. As the cavalry formation’s second incarnation (the first having been destroyed during Barbarossa’s initial stage), it had served under Budyonny’s direct authority since 20 May 1942, and had recently fought in Rostov-on-Don’s defence.

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