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The Werewolf Principal[Terrorist Attacks In Germany After WW11]
The Command Post ^ | July 20, 2003 | Alan E Brain

Posted on 08/26/2003 7:37:12 PM PDT by Lady In Blue

July 20, 2003

The Werewolf Principle

Lessons of History, Continued: From a review of "Werewolf! The History of the National Socialist Guerrilla Movement, 1944-1946"


What did the Werwolf do? They sniped. They mined roads. They poured sand into the gas tanks of jeeps. (Sugar was in short supply, no doubt.) They were especially feared for the "decapitation wires" they strung across roads. They poisoned food stocks and liquor. (The Russians had the biggest problem with this.) They committed arson, though perhaps less than they are credited with: every unexplained fire or explosion associated with a military installation tended to be blamed on the Werwolf. These activities slackened off within a few months of the capitulation on May 7, though incidents were reported as late as 1947.

... Goebbels especially grasped the possibility that guerrilla war could be a political process as well as a military strategy. It was largely through his influence that the Werwolf assumed something of the aspect of a terrorist organization. Where it could, it tried to prevent individuals and communities from surrendering, and it assassinated civil officials who cooperated with the Allies. Few Germans welcomed these activities, but something else that Goebbels grasped was that terror might serve where popularity was absent. By his estimate, only 10% to 15% of the German population were potential supporters for a truly revolutionary movement. His goal was to use the Werwolf to activate that potential. With the help of the radical elite, the occupiers could be provoked into savage reprisals that would win over the mass of the people to Neo-Nazism, a term that came into use in April 1945.

And from an article on Minutemen of the Third Reich.(history of the Nazi Werewolf guerilla movement) The Werewolves specialised in ambushes and sniping, and took the lives of many Allied and Soviet soldiers and officers -- perhaps even that of the first Soviet commandant of Berlin, General N.E. Berzarin, who was rumoured to have been waylaid in Charlottenburg during an incident in June 1945. Buildings housing Allied and Soviet staffs were favourite targets for Werewolf bombings; an explosion in the Bremen police headquarters, also in June 1945, killed five Americans and thirty-nine Germans. Techniques for harassing the occupiers were given widespread publicity through Werewolf leaflets and radio propaganda, and long after May 1945 the sabotage methods promoted by the Werewolves were still being used against the occupying powers. Although the Werewolves originally limited themselves to guerrilla warfare with the invading armies, they soon began to undertake scorched-earth measures and vigilante actions against German `collaborators' or `defeatists'. They damaged Germany's economic infrastructure, already battered by Allied bombing and ground fighting, and tried to prevent anything of value from falling into enemy hands. Attempts to blow up factories, power plants or waterworks occasionally provoked melees between Werewolves and desperate German workers trying to save the physical basis of their employment, particularly in the Ruhr and Upper Silesia.

Several sprees of vandalism through stocks of art and antiques, stored by the Berlin Museum in a flak tower at Friedrichshain, caused millions of dollars worth of damage and cultural losses of inestimable value. In addition, vigilante attacks caused the deaths of a number of small-town mayors and, in late March 1945, a Werewolf paratroop squad assassinated the Lord Mayor of Aachen, Dr Franz Oppenhoff, probably the most prominent German statesman to have emerged in the occupied fringes over the winter of 1944-45.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Germany; Miscellaneous; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: militaryhistory; rebuildingiraq; werewolfguerrillas; wwii
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1 posted on 08/26/2003 7:37:13 PM PDT by Lady In Blue
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To: Big Steve; deport; blackie; nickcarraway
ping
2 posted on 08/26/2003 7:39:26 PM PDT by Lady In Blue (Thou Art Peter And Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church &The Gates Of Hell Shall Not Prevail ..)
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To: Lady In Blue
Good article, although the werewolves never ended up being as big a threat that they could have been.
3 posted on 08/26/2003 7:43:59 PM PDT by SAMWolf (Oregon - Where the Legislature keeps writing checks the taxpayers can't cover.)
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To: Lady In Blue
The werewolves were mostly Hitler Youth fanatics, I believe, and many of the explosions in the weeks after the war ended were the result of time-delay demolition charges placed by the German army before hostilities ended. They had clockwork detonators with as long as 2 months' delay, similar to those used by the Russians during 1941.

None of this is really comparable to what is happening in Iraq, since contrary to the lies of the RAT lapdog media, most of the attacks on our troops and the iraqui infrastructure are being carried out by outside terrorises and professional criminals paid by the Baath party loyalists with the billions stolen from the "oil for food" debacle.
4 posted on 08/26/2003 7:45:43 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Austin Willard Wright
You wanted more information about German resistance after the war. Here it is.

You will note this article does not mention the numerous incidents that I told you about the other day. Hitler supporters strung wire across roadways and decapitated our soldiers.
5 posted on 08/26/2003 7:46:15 PM PDT by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Lady In Blue
Ah yes, but one hundred and twenty days after the major conflict it's a "Quagmire". These people expose their ignorance every single time they open their mouths.

Vietnam lasted for years, it was backed by a foreign power (or powers) and Iraq is nothing like Vietnam.

I'm writing to a couple of kids over there and they are really making progress. What disturbs them most is that we're not hearing enough about it.

6 posted on 08/26/2003 7:47:40 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: Lady In Blue
Thank you for the history lesson. A little perspective goes a long way.
7 posted on 08/26/2003 7:55:20 PM PDT by skr (The liberals are only interested in seeking Weapons for Bush Destruction)
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To: Lady In Blue
thanks.......

bttt
8 posted on 08/26/2003 7:58:50 PM PDT by deport
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To: SAMWolf
Thanks.I heard one of the retired generals on Fox this afternoon say that he went into Germany as a boy about 3 years after the war had ended.He said that by then it{terrorist attacks)were just about over.
9 posted on 08/26/2003 8:06:15 PM PDT by Lady In Blue (Thou Art Peter And Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church &The Gates Of Hell Shall Not Prevail ..)
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To: ozzymandus
Thanks for your thoughts about this. One of these days after I've finished reading about 6-8 books(!)I'd like to get a book on the "Werewolfs."
10 posted on 08/26/2003 8:07:47 PM PDT by Lady In Blue (Thou Art Peter And Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church &The Gates Of Hell Shall Not Prevail ..)
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To: Lady In Blue
Most attacks were isolated incidents carried out by die hard fanatics and not any co-ordinated effort.They also didin't have the support of the local people, who were tired of the war.
11 posted on 08/26/2003 8:09:14 PM PDT by SAMWolf (Oregon - Where the Legislature keeps writing checks the taxpayers can't cover.)
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To: McGavin999
I couldn't agree with you more! As one of the retired generals on Fox said today, if these people had been around at the battle of the bulge(sp?)or Normandy they wouldn't have been able to stand it(paraphrasing).Of course they didn't have cable back then,24 hours continuous reporting,he went on to say.
12 posted on 08/26/2003 8:10:27 PM PDT by Lady In Blue (Thou Art Peter And Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church &The Gates Of Hell Shall Not Prevail ..)
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To: Lady In Blue
Get "Hitler's Werewolves" by Charles Whiting (1972) It's not to long and Whiting is a good author.
13 posted on 08/26/2003 8:10:53 PM PDT by SAMWolf (Oregon - Where the Legislature keeps writing checks the taxpayers can't cover.)
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To: Lady In Blue
Let's not forget about the last Japanese soldier that was captured... in the 1970s IIRC.
14 posted on 08/26/2003 8:11:08 PM PDT by RoughDobermann (Nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.)
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To: skr
It sure does! You're very welcome. I'd like to read more about it one day.
15 posted on 08/26/2003 8:11:22 PM PDT by Lady In Blue (Thou Art Peter And Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church &The Gates Of Hell Shall Not Prevail ..)
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To: deport
You're welcome, deport.
16 posted on 08/26/2003 8:11:49 PM PDT by Lady In Blue (Thou Art Peter And Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church &The Gates Of Hell Shall Not Prevail ..)
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To: SAMWolf
Thanks for the info. I wonder if I can find it on amazon.com?
17 posted on 08/26/2003 8:13:21 PM PDT by Lady In Blue (Thou Art Peter And Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church &The Gates Of Hell Shall Not Prevail ..)
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To: RoughDobermann
I vaguely remember reading about that in the newspapers.He was found on some island.I can't remember all of the details.
18 posted on 08/26/2003 8:15:03 PM PDT by Lady In Blue (Thou Art Peter And Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church &The Gates Of Hell Shall Not Prevail ..)
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To: Lady In Blue
We need to Occupy and dejihadify.
19 posted on 08/26/2003 8:25:11 PM PDT by Yehuda (http://www.JewPoint.blogspot.com)
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To: Lady In Blue
One Japanese soldier was found on Guam several years after the War. There were several others found before him on Guam. Readers Digest had an article about a Japanese soldier who was watching G.I.s play baseball after the War. He actually threw their baseball back after it was hit into the jungle.

I believe that last Japanese soldier was found in the Phillipine Islands about 35 years after the end of the War. Japan sent a group to the Phillipines to convince him to come out. He returned to Japan but was unable to assimilate back into the culture which had changed so much. He migrated to Brazil I understand.

20 posted on 08/26/2003 8:28:56 PM PDT by dvan
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To: Lady In Blue
Predict Greybird will be in here spouting his "Quagmire! Quagmire!" paleobabble sometime in the next 20 minutes...or by 7:30 at his local time if he's already gone to bed. He likes to come into werewolf threads and claim that we're all big liars because we see the historical similarities.
21 posted on 08/26/2003 9:07:57 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback ("Helen Thomas, I've got a question for you: Just how many cats do you own now?")
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To: Lady In Blue
Correction: Meant Austin Willard Wright. Get those two confused sometimes.
22 posted on 08/26/2003 9:09:02 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback ("Helen Thomas, I've got a question for you: Just how many cats do you own now?")
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To: Peach
Are you actually trying to reason with AWW? Remember, we're talking about a person who, in the post-9/11 worl, doesn't believe that busting up terrorist training camps in Iraq is a legitimate national security interest. Not sure you can let any light into that kind of density.
23 posted on 08/26/2003 9:11:50 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback ("Helen Thomas, I've got a question for you: Just how many cats do you own now?")
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To: McGavin999; Lady In Blue
I heard this said during the major combat part of the war, but can't remember by whom:

"If they'd had 24 hour news networks with live cameras on Bloody Lane at Antietam, you would now need a passport to go from DC to Arlington."
24 posted on 08/26/2003 9:15:04 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback ("Helen Thomas, I've got a question for you: Just how many cats do you own now?")
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To: Lady In Blue
btttt
25 posted on 08/26/2003 9:15:08 PM PDT by ellery
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To: Mr. Silverback; Austin Willard Wright
Response???
26 posted on 08/26/2003 9:43:48 PM PDT by cibco (Xin Loi... Saddam)
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To: Austin Willard Wright
Time to get real...
27 posted on 08/26/2003 9:45:51 PM PDT by cibco (Xin Loi... Saddam)
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To: Lady In Blue
They have it in "out of print" books
28 posted on 08/26/2003 9:53:42 PM PDT by SAMWolf (Oregon - Where the Legislature keeps writing checks the taxpayers can't cover.)
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To: SAMWolf
Just bought a copy of it! Thanks.
29 posted on 08/26/2003 10:10:33 PM PDT by Lady In Blue (Thou Art Peter And Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church &The Gates Of Hell Shall Not Prevail ..)
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To: Mr. Silverback
I knew AWW was unreasonable, but didn't know he was quite that out-there. And to think he's a Freeper...
30 posted on 08/27/2003 5:57:00 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: cibco
Response to what?
31 posted on 08/27/2003 6:06:21 AM PDT by Austin Willard Wright
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To: cibco
"get real" Hey, I'm all for that! Specify please?
32 posted on 08/27/2003 6:06:55 AM PDT by Austin Willard Wright
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To: Lady In Blue
Hiroo Onoda
33 posted on 08/27/2003 7:04:27 AM PDT by RoughDobermann (Nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.)
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To: dvan
See #33
34 posted on 08/27/2003 7:05:48 AM PDT by RoughDobermann (Nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.)
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To: Lady In Blue
We Are Winning ... The Bad Guys And Their Toadies In The Media Are Losing!

Let's Roll!
35 posted on 08/27/2003 7:07:08 AM PDT by blackie
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To: Lady In Blue
thanks for the post
36 posted on 08/27/2003 7:09:29 AM PDT by rrrod
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To: Peach
I knew AWW was unreasonable, but didn't know he was quite that out-there. And to think he's a Freeper...

I should have put it another way. It's not that he's explicitly said that we have no business going after the training camps, it's just that he oppsed the Iraq war so vehemently, and nothing, not even Salman Pak has shaken him. Pretty much the same thing, but I wanted to be clear about it.

Do an In Forum on him sometime. It's quite a trip.

37 posted on 08/27/2003 8:02:00 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback ("Helen Thomas, I've got a question for you: Just how many cats do you own now?")
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To: Mr. Silverback
I've gathered that no links to AQ or anything would shake him on the war in Iraq. How does one do an In Forum search?
38 posted on 08/27/2003 8:14:04 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Peach
Excuse my ignorance...What's AQ?

Here's how to do an In Forum:
1. Go to Austin's homepage by clicking his freeper name. He's over in this thread right now spewing a bunch of garbage.

2. Right under the name and sign up date on the upper-left is a series of links. "In Forum" is the third one over.

3. Clicking it gives you a kind of modified "My Comments" page that only includes comments made by that person.

Hope that helps.

39 posted on 08/27/2003 8:53:49 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback ("Helen Thomas, I've got a question for you: Just how many cats do you own now?")
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To: Austin Willard Wright
Read Peaches links, for a start.
40 posted on 08/27/2003 9:20:35 AM PDT by cibco (Xin Loi... Saddam)
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To: cibco
I have.....but not one provides the answer to this question: how many Americans were killed in post-war guerrilla action in Germany/Austria? Simple question.
41 posted on 08/27/2003 9:26:16 AM PDT by Austin Willard Wright
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To: Mr. Silverback
Hey...you're the one who made the humanitarian argument. I merely asked you a question: Are you, are are you not, for a U.S. occupation of the Congo? I am against the Iraq war (though I supported the Afghan war). I have put my cards on the table. Why can't you answer the question?
42 posted on 08/27/2003 9:28:15 AM PDT by Austin Willard Wright
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To: Mr. Silverback
Please note that your "training camps" were in Kurd territory.
43 posted on 08/27/2003 9:29:18 AM PDT by Austin Willard Wright
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To: Lady In Blue
World War Eleven?
44 posted on 08/27/2003 9:30:50 AM PDT by Petronski (I'm not always cranky.)
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To: Austin Willard Wright
Not the ones I read detailed accounts about. Please also note that

SALMAN PAK

"is located approximately 38 kilometers Southeast of downtown Baghdad," according to globalsecurity.org. Doesn't sound like Kurdish territory to me.

45 posted on 08/27/2003 9:40:51 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback ("Helen Thomas, I've got a question for you: Just how many cats do you own now?")
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To: SAMWolf
Sam - Sure would like to see the source for this. As one who was there, I can't recall a single guy who was shot in the Bavaria, Austria area. Maybe the Russians had this problem. Guys were killed in accidents, Patton included. I also checked my friends who were there. This may all be pure bunk to spin what is happening to our guys in Iraq with our WW II occupation. You are a very good researcher, did you ever find anything?
46 posted on 08/27/2003 9:41:41 AM PDT by ex-snook (American jobs need BALANCED TRADE. You buy from us, we buy from you.)
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To: Lady In Blue
They poured sand into the gas tanks of jeeps. (Sugar was in short supply, no doubt.)

Though sugar wouldn't have done anything since it's not soluble in gasoline.
47 posted on 08/27/2003 9:43:44 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Austin Willard Wright
I can't provide a link or a total for all US forces. I did read that one division lost about 47 men. The Russians also lost people.

I don't understand the need to have exact numbers for casualties. It brings back the Vietnam body count and weekly total of Americans lost reported with glee by the TV Networks.

I think the point of this all, is that after the collapse of a country and it's military, you are still going to have resistance from remnants of the defeated military. After the fall of Saigon in 1975, there was still a guerilla resistance by the ARVN for a number of years in the southern part of the country. It wasn't reported by the media, of course...

48 posted on 08/27/2003 9:54:09 AM PDT by cibco (Xin Loi... Saddam)
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To: Mr. Silverback
Thanks so much for your information. I'll check it/him out. AQ = Al Quada.
49 posted on 08/27/2003 10:06:44 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Austin Willard Wright
You keep wanting a number of American soldiers killed in post-war Germany. I've sent you many links that don't give numbers but rather tell how many ways they killed us. We weren't quite so into statistics in the post-war phase as people are now; same with poll numbers.

Would a high number of American soldiers killed in post-war Germany change your mind? I think not. It's a false argument you are making.
50 posted on 08/27/2003 10:18:39 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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