German Historical Institut Moscow with online access to Wehrmacht files

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  1. HA96

    HA96 Member

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  2. dbf

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  3. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Have they found the 1940 BEF HQ Documents that are rumoured to be in Moscow ?
     
  4. HA96

    HA96 Member

    I believe the other earlier link in English is only very general and does not help for details you may want to Research.

    What are the BEF HQ Documents?

    Stefan.
     
  5. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Stefan....No-one knows but there have been suggestions that the BEF failed to destroy all their documentation and much was captured and removed to Berlin. This was logically, in turn, captured by the Russians who would have wasted no chance to find out as much as possible about their future cold-war enemies. That said, they may not have kept it for long.....
     
  6. Andreas

    Andreas Working on two books

    There are also WW1 documents, including divisional war diaries. Here's an interesting one relating to unloading F-lighters on beaches, in the context of the invasion of England:

    http://wwii.germandocsinrussia.org/de/nodes/1390-akte-600-okh-oberquartiermeister-belgien-strandausladung-von-versorgungsgutern-im-rahmen-der#page/30/mode/grid/zoom/1

    http://wwii.germandocsinrussia.org/de/nodes/1389-akte-599-okh-oberquartiermeister-belgien-strandausladung-bildbeilage-teil-der-vorbereitung#page/30/mode/grid/zoom/1

    All in German of course. The scan quality and interface are top-notch in my view, and put other archives to shame.

    All the best

    Andreas
     
  7. HA96

    HA96 Member

    Totally agree with Andreas. If only I had the time to search through the thousends of documents.

    Andreas,

    have you seen any possibility to go to a Findbuch and enter say the term Kriegsgefangene?

    Stefan.
     
  8. Andreas

    Andreas Working on two books

    You can just search the webpage, since all documents are shown, and have a semi-detailed description. At present I think there is very little that does not relate to the war in the East. Whether that is because other documents weren't kept, or because that is the priority of the institute, I don't know. The project will only conclude in 2018, so I would expect a lot of documents to be added.

    Regarding the other inquiry about BEF files, there is only German stuff at the moment, nothing else.

    All the best

    Andreas
     

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