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GERMAN WINTER WARFARE, aka HANDBOOK ON WINTER WARFARE, aka TASCHENBUCH FUR DEN WINTERKRIEG 1942-43 English edition
By Army, US: Military Intelligence Division, War Department
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DC, War Dept, 1943, 1st ed. 215 pp, many drawings and diagrams. Softcover, covers loose, one detached, otherwise Near Fine. 

A translation off the German manual for Barbarossa, the winter invasion of Russia by the Nazisw in 1941-1945. 

This ‘RESTRICTED’ book is dated 1943 was produced as a training tool for Allied and U.S. forces and is a translation of an Germany document which has been edited in the style and format of War Department publications and rearranged in order to present the material in a more logical order than in the original text. All of the illustrations, which were rough sketches in the original captured German document, and were redrawn, and have been improved as much as possible in the Allied publication of this RESTRICTED booklet. 

The handbook was based on the experiences of the German Army during the first two winters of the war in Russia. Essentially it tells a story of efforts to solve two vital problems of winter warfare: mobility and shelter. 

The handbook was published by the German High Command on 5 August 1942, apparently in a great hurry, in order to help the German forces to prepare for a third rigorous winter on the invaded territory of a formidable foe. The material, evidently collected from the various branches of the German Armed Forces, was put together badly and in some places was almost unintelligible. 

A considerable portion of the material was in the form of appendices under headings that duplicated section captions in the main text. These appendices have been merged into their logical places. Some material which had no special application to winter warfare was eliminated. While the handbook was badly arranged, the material itself is considered to be valuable for the insight that it gives into the experiences of an Army under conditions of extreme cold and for its reflection of the degree of improvisation to which the German Army was compelled to resort. 

The numerous references to "nlakesbifts," "expedients,"and "'improvisations " point to the lesson that the problems of winter warfare must be considered and solved long before a force is committed to winter combat.

In the manual the German High Command repeatedly emphasizes the lesson that equipment, methods, techniques, and clothing must be specially designed for the struggle against snow, ice, mud, moisture, and bitter cold. Above all, it emphasizes the lesson that the individual soldier must be specially acclimated, trained, and toughened to fight in winter and that he must develop the will to resist its hardships as determinedly as he should resist the enemy. 

In paragraph 4, "Preparation for Winter Warfare,"the manual asserts:. "In building up endurance against the rigors of the Russian winter, mental discipline is the determining factor." Again in paragraph 6, "Morale," the manual states: "The coming winter will again severely tax the spiritual stamina of the soldier. All suitable means, commensurate with the situation and combat conditions, will be employed to bolster his inner resilience. 

''It will be noted that the German High Command does not consider winter as a fixed season of snow and low temperatures. Before and after the winters in Russia there were periods which in most respects raised practically the same problems as snow and cold. The rains of autumn and the thaw in spring brought floods and mud; which, like deep snow, tended to immobilize the German forces on the long Eastern Front. The text of the Taschelnbuch fur den Winterkkrieg begins in Section I. 

The "Foreword" and other preliminary matter of the German original are also included in order to emphasize the fact that this publication is a translation of a German manual intended for German troops. It is not a manual for U. S. troops, but must be read as an enemy document which is intended to convey information about the enemy's doctrine, techniques, and methods.

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