Stalin's Secret War: The NKVD on the Eastern Front

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The use of terror has been a characteristic of Russia from the days of the Tsars. The Okhrana was the oppressive police force of the Romanovs. Then came the Cheka, the OGPU, SMERSH and the NKVD-organizations that used terror to control every aspect of military and civilian life. As a result, during the Great Patriotic War, Soviet soldiers and citizens feared not only the Germans but the tentacles of the secret police. To maintain iron discipline in the face of the German onslaught, to root out dissent and defeatism and to ...

Stalin's Secret War: The NKVD on the Eastern Front 2011, Pen & Sword Books

ISBN-13: 9781848840539

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