The forced repatriation of Soviet citizens: a study in military obedience
Dismukes, Donna E.
Laba, Roman A.
Patenaude, Bertrand M.
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On 11 February 1945, at the conclusion of the Yalta Conference, the United States signed a Repatriation Agreement with the USSR. The interpretation of this Agreement resulted in the forcible repatriation of all Soviets regardless of their wishes. Repatriation operations became scenes of carnage as Soviets fiercely resisted the return to ersecution, torture, and in many cases, execution. Military objections to the policy failed to result in its cancellation. This thesis examines the military struggle to find a balance between obedience and moral obligation under extremely difficult conditions. The forced repatriation operations, which took place from 1945-1947, stand as a precursor to the new world of peacekeeping and peace enforcement. These new military missions will undoubtedly bring military personnel face to face with operations of a similarly troubling nature. This study of past events may prove useful for the development of policy for future operations
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