The Russian Agent (Hardback)
A Secret Mission To Penetrate the Russian Liberation Army
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Lieutenant General Andrey Andreyevich Wlassow (or Vlasov) was awarded the Order of the Red Banner, the Soviet Union’s first, and at the time highest, military decoration. This was in recognition of his handling of the 37th Army when Hitler’s forces invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, and for his efforts in the defence of Moscow. But during the siege of Leningrad in 1942 he was taken prisoner.
During his time in captivity, Wlassow defected to the Germans. He went on to establish the Russian Liberation Army, a movement to support the Germans in defeating Stalin’s Bolshevism. Stalin’s intelligence services would undoubtedly sought to have disrupted and infiltered the RLA.
In this book, the author Franz Taut reveals one plausible, but fictitious, attempt to infiltrate Wlassow’s organisation and report back to Moscow on those ‘traitors’ who sought the collapse of the communist regime. The agent in question Taut has named Lieutenant Sonja Rasumowa.
Adopting a different persona for each situation, this former employee of the Soviet embassy in Berlin was able to make her way back into the German capital. She was soon approached by a member of the Russian Liberation Army – though there were those in Wlassow’s group who were highly suspicious of this clearly highly intelligent and well-informed young woman.
How would Rasumowa gain their trust, and once fully accepted into the treacherous group how could she transmit their subversive intentions back to Mother Russia?
Though the activities of Sonja Rasumowa are entirely fictitious, the story of Wlassow’s Russian Liberation Army is a factual one. In The Russian Agent, the complexities of the political situation are revealed as the German armies in Russia crumbled and the fear of reprisals for those who had turned against the country of their birth became more acute with the passing of each week. This is a story that explores an intriguing element of the Second World War, one that is little known of outside Russia and Germany.
An interesting and informative read, that pulls the reader into the web of deceit and violence of those awful years, and one which clearly illustrates the Russian Psyche that remains little changed today.Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)
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Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Ron Baumer
An highly enjoyable read! The story will grab and hold your interest. The characters are well done and you can picture yourself in the middle of the story. A great read for all.