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Airpower and Russian Partisan Warfare

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The overall purpose of the series is threefold 1 To provide the United States Air Force with a comprehensive and, insofar as possible, authoritative history of a major air force which suffered defeat in World War II 2 to provide a history of that air force as prepared by many of its principal and responsible leaders 3 to provide a firsthand account of that air forces unique combat in a major war with the forces of the Soviet Union. This series of studies therefore covers in large part virtually all phases of the Luftwaffes operations and organization, from its camouflaged origin in the Reichswehr, during the period of secret German rearmament following World War I, through its participation in the Spanish Civil War and its massive operations and final defeat in World War II. The German Air Force Historical Project referred to hereinafter by its shorter and current title, The GAF Monograph Project has generated this and other especially prepared volumes which comprise, in one form or another, a total of more than 40 separate studies, some of them in multi-volume form. The publication of this small study may serve to create an enhanced awareness of the impact of partisan operations on modern warfare. Indeed, the systematic use of partisans in conjunction with regular forces had the effect of adding another dimension to war that of depth. One of the lessons of the German-Russian struggle lies in the serious contribution made by Russian partisan forces to the defeat of the German Army. Today, in preparing its defense, the Western World can scarcely afford to ignore a factor which has been so successfully employed by Stalin in Russia during World War II and by Mao Tse-Tung in China in more recent years.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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