THE STEPPE RAID OF PARTISAN’S CAVALRY UNIT (THE DOCUMENTS OF CENTRAL STATE ARCHIVE OF PUBLIC ASSOCIATIONS OF UKRAINE)

VLASENKO S.I.

  • Based on the documents of the Public Associations Central State Archives of Ukraine
    funds (The Ukrainian Partisan Movement Headquarters, the united Ukrainian cavalry, the
    Central Committee of the Communist Party (Bolsheviks)). Revealed the prerequisites, course
    and results of the Steppe Raid of the Partisan’s Cavalry Unit under the Command of M.S.Naumov,
    that had place in the southern regions of Ukraine from February 1 to April 5, 1943. Described
    in details the process of preparing the Sumy regional headquarters of the partisan movement to
    the campaign in the southern regions of the Sumy region and course of the first phase of the
    Steppe raid. Special attention is given to the partisan’s fight during the second phase of the
    raid on the territory of Poltava, Kirovograd, Odessa, Vinnitsa, Zhitomir, Kiev and Polesiye
    (Belarus) regions. The raid command’s of the partisan movement in Ukraine and direct
    participants’ assessment is presented. Described problems and shortcomings faced by the
    partisans during the Steppe raid. It is shown a vision of Cavalry Unit’s commander M.S. Naumov
    on reasons of the unsuccessful raid that had place in the southern regions of Ukraine, his
    explanation of the situation with the Partisan’s Cavalry Uniton the area of Golovanevsk forest
    (the Odessa region). Analyzed the combat and number of the partisans, results of the combat,
    sabotage, scouting activities during the raid Steppe. During the preparation of the article used
    little known new archival documents. It is allowed to explore comprehensively, thoroughly the
    research subject and draw conclusions. The article can be useful when writing general articles
    on the history of Ukraine, special researches of the Great Patriotic War and the partisan
    resistance movement.

  • VLASENKO S.I. – Central State Archive of the Public Associations of Ukraine, PhD (History) (Ukraine).

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