Soviet Partisans in World War II

Title:                      Soviet Partisans in World War II

Author:                  John A. Armstrong

Armstrong, John A. (1964) ed. Soviet Partisans in World War II. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press

LCCN:    64012729

D802.R8 A73


Date Updated:  March 2, 2017

This is a review by the Defense Intelligence School.[1]

The post-war Project “Alexander” was a part of the War Documentation Project, under an Air Research and Development Command contract administered by Columbia University. Initially it resulted in a series of monographs by excellent scholars on the origins, doctrine, operations, and effectiveness of Soviet partisan warfare. The source material was comprised largely of captured German and Soviet, documents. Not all of the monographs are included in this volume, and some of those retained have been condensed. Of particular interest to the intelligence professional is Chapter V, “The Partisans in Soviet Intelligence”. It describes Soviet intelligence as an instrument of control, as well as partisan intelligence operations. The whole volume is valuable for students in the field of guerrilla warfare.

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[2]

A monumental group of studies were prepared by the War Documentation Project (Project ALEXANDER) for the U.S. Air Force, based on captured German and Soviet documents, in 1954. Professor Armstrong, a member of the project staff, has adapted ten of these studies for publication as a book. Chapter 5 by Kurt DeWitt deals specifically with “The Partisans in Soviet Intelligence.” Other contributing scholars such as Alexander DaIlin and Gerhard Weinberg have since become distinguished historians in the area of German-Soviet affairs. There are 100 pages of selected source documents listed.

[1] Defense Intelligence School (1981). Bibliography of Intelligence Literature (7th ed Rev.). Washington, DD: Defense Intelligence School, p. 4

[2] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., p. 217


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