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Donovan Nuremberg Trials Collection

Nuremberg trial transcripts and documents from the Collection of General William J. Donovan

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Volume 009
Subdivision Subdivision 16 / Prisoners of War and Concentration Camps
Part Not applicable
Section 16.16 (sabotage troops)
Title Fight against enemy sabotage troops. / Translation of Document 1263-PS / Office of U.S. Chief of Counsel
Pages 5
Pages Supplemental None
Date 1942-10-15
Language English; the translator is Fred Niebergall, 2nd Lt. Inf. 0-1335567.
Author Warlimont
Witness Not applicable
Other Names Jodl
Other Dates 7 October 1942; 10 October 1942; 13 October 1942; 14 October 1942; 18 October 1942
Abstract This document is an English-language translation of a German document related to the Army's treatment of British sabotage troops. The document is, in fact, a series of five documents that reflect the German Army's effort to formulate a workable, effective policy against sabotage troops without impairing its own use of similar tactics. The predominant attitude here is to regard British sabotage troops as bandits engaged in illicit acts of warfare— in effect, terrorism—and to treat them not as POWs but as terrorists, i.e., to execute them without trial. This document is a typewritten copy of good to poor quality on very brown, brittle paper.
Keywords Sabotage troops; Conduct of war; International law; Commando Order