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Is there any truth to these accounts?
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Mr. Sudoplatov, who claims to have been appointed director of the Administration for Special Tasks on July 5, 1941, sets out the extent of Soviet operations:
Then, in cooperation with district and local party organizations, we began to send guerilla units with experienced intelligence officers and radio operators behind enemy lines. During the course of the war, we placed 212 guerrilla detachments and units comprising 7,316 men to the rear of the enemy. We trained a thousand officers and technicians in sabotage for the Red Army. We also sent 3,500 civilian saboteurs and agents. The parachutists' unit dropped an additional 3,000 guerrillas behind enemy lines. Twenty-three of our officers were decorated with the highest honor, Hero of the Soviet Union, and more than 8,000 people received lesser decorations with orders and medals. Marshals Georgi Zhukov and K. K. Rokossovsky made special appeals to Beria for detachments of the Fourth NKVD Directorate to destroy enemy communications and support offensive operations of the Red Army in Byelorussia and the Caucasus. Detachments of the Fourth Directorate and the Special-Purpose Brigade annihilated 137,000 German officers and soldiers, killed 87 high-ranking German officials by individual terrorist operations, and liquidated 2,045 agents and police officers who were Soviet collaborators in the service of the Germans.
The source of these numbers is not disclosed. The figure of 137,000 German casualties dwarfs the ballpark figure of 50,000 suggested by General Jodl at Nuremberg and other conservative estimates which fall in in the region 10-20,000.
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