Criminal orders

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Criminal orders is the collective name given to a series of orders, directives and decrees given during the Invasion of the Soviet Union in World War II by the Wehrmacht High Command[1][2][3] The criminal orders went beyond established codes of conduct and led to widespread atrocities on the Eastern Front.

The orders[edit]

See also[edit]

Commando Order

Myth of the clean Wehrmacht


  1. ^ Heer et al. 2008, pp. 17–19.
  2. ^ Bartov 1986, p. 106.
  3. ^ Beorn 2014, p. 52.


  • Heer, Hannes; Manoschek, Walter; Pollak, Alexander; Wodak, Ruth (2008). The Discursive Construction of History: Remembering the Wehrmacht's War of Annihilation. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230013230.
  • Bartov, Omer (1986). The Eastern Front, 1941–1945, German Troops and the Barbarisation of Warfare. New York: St. Martins Press. ISBN 0312224869.
  • Beorn, Waitman (2014). Marching into Darkness. London, UK: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-72550-8.