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Andrei Vlassov (1900-1946)Download nowEnlargeShow similar images

Title: Andrei Vlassov (1900-1946)

Description: Andrei Vlassov (Andrey Vlasov; September 14, 1900-August 2, 1946), Russian general, who, in WWII, defected to the Germans, and collaborated with them, leading anti-communist Russian troops on the Eastern Front. Vlassov had been a dedicated communist since the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, and had successfully led several Russian armies in the defenses of Kiev and Moscow in 1941 in WWII, and had been decorated and promoted by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin (December 17, 1878-March 5, 1953), but his fortunes were shattered when he and his army were surrounded and captured at Leningrad by German forces in 1942. While imprisoned, he offered his services to the Germans. He and other defecting Russian officers organized the Russian Liberation Army (ROA), which fought alongside German troops against Soviet forces in 1945 on the Oder River, but that army was very small and quickly overwhelmed by Soviet forces. He and what was left of his forces surrendered to U.S. forces in order not to fall into Soviet hands, knowing that they would be summarily executed by the Soviets. Vlassov and many of his top officers where nevertheless captured by Soviet forces in the Tyrol and taken to Moscow where they were convicted as traitors in a show trial and executed by hanging. Throughout his service with the Germans, and the chief reason why he was accepted into their ranks, Vlassov provided detailed information on Soviet forces and their military operations and techniques, working with German liaison officer Heinz Herre (Heinz Danko Herre; January 23, 1909-October 5, 1988), who funneled all that information to German Military Intelligence (Abwehr) chief Reinhard Gehlen (April 3, 1902-June 8, 1979). That information largely contributed to the successful German military campaigns in Russia in 1942-1943.

Category: Intelligence

Keywords: Andrei Vlassov, Andrey Vlasov, Soviet generals, military leaders, Russian generals, defectors, defection, Joseph Stalin, Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, Russian Revolution, Leningrad, Moscow, Kiev, Soviet Russia, Russian Liberation Army, ROA, German troops, U.S. forces, United States, WWII, World War II, Second World War, Eastern Front, capital punishments, hangings, executions, Heinz Herre, Reinhard Gehlen, German Military Intelligence, Abwehr

Orientation: Portrait

Dimensions: 900 x 1255 (1.13 MPixels) (1.39)

Print Size: 7.6 x 10.6 cm; 3.0 x 4.2 inches

File Size: 3.27 MB (3,424,706 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000004546

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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