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[order by von Kluge, commander, 4th. Army]

"Trial proceedings show a frightening increase in rape
offenses. The detailed circumstances are often downright
heinous. The discipline and appearance of the Wehrmacht in the
occupied territory will face grave dangers in view of these
crimes." [BA-MA, RH26-12/274, 27.6.40] (Bartov, 68)

"By late October 1940 the 12th Infantry sentenced to death
five soldiers found guilty of rape and armed robbery, and
sentenced another forty-two to over one year's imprisonment."
[BA-MA, RH26-12/99, 25.10.40](Ibid., 68)

"...the division noticed a rise in cases of plunder,
drunkenness, brawls with officers and civilians, as well as
sexual attacks on women, children, and even intercourse with
animals." [BA-MA, RH26-12/21, 6.5.41](Ibid., 69)

Abbreviations
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BA-MA 	Bundesarchiv-Militarerarchive

                      Work Cited

Bartov, Omer. Hitler's Army: Soldiers, Nazis, and War in the
Third Reich. New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991

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