Crimes Against the Wehrmacht



By Franz W. Seidler • Translated by Carlos Whitlock Porter

Franz W. Seidler is a professor of modern history specializing in social and military history at the University of the Bundeswehr, Munich. Dr. Seidler’s principal field of research is World War II. His main publications in book form deal with the personnel problems of the Wehrmacht (German Armed Forces) and with problems of legal jurisdiction of the Wehrmacht and collaboration in German-occupied territories.

The present volume is intended to provide a picture of the mortal dangers posed to every German soldier by the Red Army’s bestial conduct of partisan warfare in violation of international law. Crimes Against the Wehrmacht provides full documentation of over 300 Soviet war crimes committed from 1941 to 1942, accompanied by exact descriptions, many of them proven in detail by eyewitness statements and horrifying photographic evidence.

This volume was made possible by a systematic study of the archives of the incorruptible and entirely objective Wehrmacht War Crimes Bureau, which investigated 8,000 war crimes. Even Goebbels’s propaganda ministry was compelled to keep silent about these atrocities for fear of the possible effect they might have on German morale. Only now is the full truth of the matter revealed. Horrifying mutilations, deliberate blindings, rapes, inconceivable tortures, sadism, massacres of wounded men in hospitals, cold-blooded slaughter—even cannibalism practiced by the Soviets on the bodies of German soldiers—are all proven in abundant detail. More than 100 photographs help prove the point.

Softcover, 481 pages, #733