By Omer Bartov
Based mostly upon unpublished assets, Omer Bartov's learn seems heavily on the historical past of the German military at the jap entrance throughout the moment global battle. He describes the actual trouble, the self-discipline and morale on the entrance, and analyses the social, academic and political heritage of the junior officials who shaped the spine of the German military. in basic terms with those elements in brain - including the information of the level of nationwide Socialist indoctrination - will we start to clarify the legal actions of the German military in Russia and the level of involvement of the military within the execution of Hitler's brutal policies.
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Div. 80 And yet it was clearly better to have any sort of housing than none at all. Div. in winter 1941/2, the situation became critical: The morale of the troops was low owing to the almost inhuman strain and dropped even further as a result of the complete lack of any accommodation. 81 Clothing The lack of proper winter clothes greatly added to the suffering of the The Eastern Front, 1941-45 24 soldiers. D. were still wearing the same clothes with which they had crossed the frontier when the bitter Russian winter began.
D. were still wearing the same clothes with which they had crossed the frontier when the bitter Russian winter began. 83 Only Russian felt boots proved to be of any use against the cold, and those could be acquired only by looting the civilian population and the POWs. D. 85 Among the troops of the other two divisions the situation was not much better. , for instance, instructed its men to protect their bodies from the cold by anything they could lay their hands on, including 'paper, tent sheets .
Spactcr/ Schramm, Grossdeutschland, I. 66-76, 85-6, 194, 199-213, 385, 429; III. 11-24, 381-404. 47 Notwithstanding the fact that the GD Division, being an elite formation, received more replacements than the other two divisions, the manpower situation remained extremely severe, and the rate at which junior officers were being wounded or killed was very high indeed. Thus, between 26 July and 5 September 1943 the Sixth Grenadier Company had had ten commanders, of whom two were NCOs. 48 In September 1943, during its retreat to the Dniepr, the average size of a GD company was twenty men; average, because the Seventh Grenadier Company numbered only five men and was led by a corporal and the Thirteenth Grenadier Company had only eight soldiers left.
The Eastern Front, 1941–45, German Troops and the Barbarisation of Warfare: German Troops and the Barbarisation of Warfare by Omer Bartov