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Cuprum214 Sep 2020 8:23 a.m. PST

Recently I read with pleasure the book "People with a clear conscience" by Peter Vershigora. The book tells about a unique partisan formation under the command of Sidor Kovpak. This raiding partisan detachment of more than 2,000 people, marched through the rear of the Nazis with battles of 10,000 kilometers, defeated the garrisons of the Nazis and their allies in 39 settlements, including small cities.


The book described that in order to overcome difficulties in supplying and avoid requisitioning clothing from the population, the detachment was allowed and encouraged to use uniforms captured from the enemy (without shoulder straps and Nazi symbols). Today I saw a photo where this situation is shown very clearly:


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2020 8:39 a.m. PST

Nice photo. The Poles did the same thing during the Warsaw Uprising. They were all going to be summarily executed if they were captured, so what they were wearing really didn't matter.

Personal logo Silurian Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2020 10:38 a.m. PST

Very interesting. I would like to read the works of Petr Vershigora, but it would appear (that I can find) none are translated into English.

Cuprum214 Sep 2020 7:26 p.m. PST

For the Soviet partisans, the Nazis had only one punishment – death. However, the partisans also very rarely took prisoners – they simply had nowhere to keep and the problem would be to feed them. It was a war of annihilation.

Vershigora's book is notable for its wonderful "living" images of people, descriptions of campaigns and battles, marching partisan life (before the war he was an actor and film director at the Kiev film studio). It has both humor and rather tough scenes. This is not just a memoir – it is a wonderful piece of fiction. In the Kovpak detachment, he was the head of the intelligence service.
Probably his works have not been translated into English. But for those who speak Russian, I advise you to read this book – you will not regret it. By the way – it is posted online:


There you can also find several very interesting scenarios for the game, for example – the defeat by the partisans of a caravan of river ships of the Nazis on the Pripyat River in 1943 :-O

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