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From the Publisher“An important book for those interested in World War II and the law of war.”
"Blood breaks new, important ground in better enabling scholars to discern the forest for the trees...[He] has rendered invaluable service in illuminating these issues to a new and unsettling degree."
“…an in-depth and detailed examination of Bandenbekampfung…offers far more insight and detail than a more casual examination, making it a recommended pick for libraries seeking a scholarly reference.”
"This book provides important new insights into the Nazis' concept and practice of security warfare."
". . . .a compelling picture of the links between the Holocaust and the campaigns against 'bandits'."
"A novel and provocative interpretation of German ‘antipartisan’ operations that offers a detailed examination of the theory and practice of Nazi security warfare."
"This book does not make for comfortable reading. It is a meticulous examination of Bandenbekämpfung, a term which has much broader and more pervasive meaning than simply ‘antipartisan warfare’ and which characterized the German approach to security in occupied areas during the Second World War. Philip Blood uses abundant documentary and oral evidence to take us beyond the verdict of Christopher Browning’s ground-breaking Ordinary Men, his study of Reserve Police Battalion 101 in Poland, by examining the policy and structure that enabled ordinary men to do such extraordinarily dreadful things."