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Partisan and Anti-Partisan Warfare in German-Occupied Europe, 1939-1945: Views from Above and Lessons for the Present

Pattinson, Juliette S, Shepherd, Ben (2008) Partisan and Anti-Partisan Warfare in German-Occupied Europe, 1939-1945: Views from Above and Lessons for the Present. Journal of Strategic Studies, 31 (5). pp. 675-693. ISSN 0140-2390. E-ISSN 1743-937X. (doi:10.1080/01402390802197803) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This introductory article begins by sketching the general historical background of partisan and anti-partisan warfare in German-occupied Europe. It then briefly outlines the state of available primary sources, and the often heated, controversial character of the historiographical debates which are taking place within this area. It then considers, at some length, the lessons which the five articles presented, offer for the present-day conduct of counter-insurgency warfare – lessons relating to the effects of higher-level strategic perceptions; to the potential, then as now, for directing a policy of ‘disaggregation’ against insurgents; to the importance of situating counter-insurgency warfare within the context of wider policies which are receptive to the needs of the occupied population and its social and cultural characteristics; and to the necessity of fielding counter-insurgency forces which not only are well-resourced, but which also, in stark contrast to the anti-partisan formations which the Germans so often deployed, conduct themselves in ways that cultivate the population rather than alienate it.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/01402390802197803
Uncontrolled keywords: Partisan Warfare, Anti-partisan Warfare, Grand Strategy, Occupation
Subjects: D History General and Old World
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: M.R.L. Hurst
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2016 16:06 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 16:56 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/53974 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Pattinson, Juliette S: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6726-4727
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