- Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression
- Volume VI
Partial translation of document C-52
By officer only
Fuehrer HQ. 23 July 1941
Chief, High Command of the Armed Forces
No. 441254/41, Top Secret, by officer only
Armed Forces Operational Staff/Dept. L (1 Op)
Copy No. 2
Supplement to order no. 33
On 22 July, the Fuehrer after receiving the Commander of the Army issued
the following order with a view to supplementing and enlarging Order No.
[1 to 5: strategic measures]
6. In view of the vast size of the occupied areas in the East, the
forces available for establishing security in these areas will be
sufficient only if all resistance is punished not by legal prosecution
of the guilty, but by the spreading of such terror by the occupying
forces as is alone appropriate to eradicate every inclination to resist
amongst the population.
The respective Commanders, with the troops available to them are to be
held responsible for maintaining peace within their areas. The
Commanders must find the means of keeping order within the regions where
security is their responsibility [Sicherungsraume], not by demanding
more security forces, but by applying suitable, draconian measures.