Germany engaged in numerous anti-partisan operations during World War II. The brutality of these anti-partisan activities has been well documented by historians. This article discusses the nature and extent of Germany’s anti-partisan operations, and why Germany engaged in such vicious activities during the war.
“One nation’s terrorists are the other nation’s freedom fighters.” This truism holds especially during World War II. Whom the Allied nations perceived as freedom fighters, the Germans and Japanese considered to be terrorists. These partisans, for the most part, acted outside of international law, by which most of the belligerent nations had agreed to abide. So in a certain, tragic sense, both sides were right, and hence, what evolved during World War II, was a brutal guerrilla war of horrific retaliation and counter-retaliation.