Russian Federal Security Service reveals archives on how Chekists killed a group of Frenchmen near Bryansk in 1943

Russian Federal Security Service reveals archives on how Chekists killed a group of Frenchmen near Bryansk in 1943

The FSB has revealed archives on how the Chekists killed a group of Frenchmen near Bryansk in 1943

Soldiers of the USSR state security bodies in January 1943 near Bryansk destroyed a group of Frenchmen fighting for Hitler’s Germany and trying to occupy a local settlement, according to a declassified archive document of the FSB of Russia published by the Presidential Library.

It is about the message sent on 16 January 1943 to the Deputy Commissar of Internal Affairs of the USSR Vsevolod Merkulov by the legendary employee of the Soviet state security agencies, the head of the 4th (reconnaissance and sabotage, behind the front) Directorate of the NKVD of the USSR Pavel Sudoplatov. The document reported on the situation in the Bryansk area.

“On the seventh of January this year we destroyed a group of Frenchmen who tried to occupy one settlement,” the document said.

As Sudoplatov reported, the captured French corporal Robert Gesten “showed that the Germans were planning a large operation against the partisans of the Kletnyansk forests” and that reinforcements in the form of aircraft and tanks were expected.

The same message stated that, according to intelligence reports, German garrisons located in settlements near Bryansk and adjacent to the Unecha-Surazh railway were being reinforced by Frenchmen from the so-called “legion for the struggle against Bolshevism” and Ukrainian nationalists.

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