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Stalin's DefectorsHow Red Army Soldiers became Hitler's Collaborators, 1941-1945$
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Mark Edele

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198798156

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198798156.001.0001

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Scenarios

Scenarios

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(p.59) 4 Scenarios
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Stalin's Defectors
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Mark Edele

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198798156.003.0004

This chapter discusses the various ways in which defectors came across the front line. Scenarios varied. Some defectors came as part of organized desertions of entire units; more came in small groups; and about just as many came alone. The front line could be overcome simply by letting it pass, a particularly viable option in 1941, but also possible later in the war; others exploited holes in the front, used planes or tanks to get across, or absconded after having been sent across the line in an attack or a commando operation. Often, defection was a violent process, which required sometimes deadly force against superiors or compadres. The chapter describes these scenarios and puts the moment of defection into a larger framework of the wartime trajectories of men who ended up surrendering.

Keywords:   attack, retreat, encirclement, scenarios of defection, primary groups, Red Army, military history from below, Ivan Nikitich Kononov, history of violence

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