The clean Wehrmacht, the War of Extermination, and beyond

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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 background and surveys the historiography's development to the late 1990s. It then examines at length the significant works that have emerged since, dividing them according to the operational levels on which they focus: higher command, individual regions, and, finally, middle-level units.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-473
Number of pages19
JournalHistorical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2009


  • partisan
  • Wehrmacht
  • Second World War
  • Soviet Union
  • Germany


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