Guide to the World War II German Manuscript Collection

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Guide to the World War II German Manuscript Collection 1937/1945

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: World War II German Manuscript Collection
Dates: 1937-1945
Identification: MS-0275
Physical Description: 1.25 linear ft
Language of Materials: German
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
Phone: 619-594-6791

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Personal Papers

Topical Term:

World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Europe
World War, 1939-1945 -- Maps
World War, 1939-1945 -- Sources

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, World Wat II German Manuscript Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Scope and Contents

These documents are most likely (though this has not been confirmed) copies of those given to the US Military after the War, and eventually issued in published form. There are some hand-written materials, and all maps are hand-drawn.

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

German Divisions in Russia 1942: February, March, April, May, June

Scope and Contents

Daily reports: -of the Divisions' movements and their leaders' names -of reached towns and cities -of the weather conditions
Box 1, Folder 2

Scope and Contents

-January 7, 1942: Operation Crimea-Kharkov, Dnjepr-river, Sevastopol-port -December 1941 - January 1942: Enemy, connections, army positions and instructions -March - June: a battle at Crimea
Box 1, Folder 3

Scope and Contents

-North-East of Sytshevka. The Task Force in winter between November 28 - December 16, 1942. By General Ludwig Merker. A tactic principle and a description of each Division movements. -Orientation summary of German Offensive in Western Europe. May 1940 -"Revival" of one Bunker Line of May 1940 a description -"An Attack in Pathless Wooded Mountains" in Caucasus on September 25-27, 1942. Description written by Emil Wilhem Vogel
Box 1, Folder 4

January 31, 1942 - April 14, 1944

Scope and Contents

Maps of situations of the Russian Army by Maps number: 20-56
Box 1, Folder 5


Scope and Contents

Supplements: General Statements about the Division formation in the German Field Force on the East Front.
Box 1, Folder 6

November 19-22, 1941

Scope and Contents

Mystification and Surprise in Attack of Moscow. By General Ludwig Merker, a description of a plan.
Box 1, Folder 7

November 19-20, 1941

Scope and Contents

An Example number 8 "Moscow." The I.R. 215 assault through the Russian Deep Zone before Moscow November 19-20, 1941 with two sketches.
Box 1, Folder 8

September 1944 - March 1945

Scope and Contents

An Outline 15. The activity of the Western Military District Commands VI and XII and their cooperation with the Front in the "OB West."
Box 1, Folder 9

July 1944 - February 1945

Scope and Contents

The Russian Offensive through Poland, Romania and Hungary Chapter 1: The Russian Offensive against the Northern Ukraine Army in Southern Poland in a summer 1944.
Box 1, Folder 10

Scope and Contents

-Special instructions for Air Force. -Secret commands to North, Middle and South Armies. -Map 12 (-64-): a sketch of States and Regions. The States' borders after September 1943 (Yugoslavia, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria)
Box 1, Folder 11

Scope and Contents

The Operations of the 4th Tank Division in the campaign against the Soviet Union from June 22, 1941 until April 20, 1942. Part IV: Pioneers. Section A: "Goal Leningrad" (June 22-September 17, 1941) Section B: "Gal Moscow" (October 2-December 5, 1941) Section C/D: "Before Moscow to the dense defence" (December 6, 1941 - January 24, 1942)
Box 1, Folder 12

Scope and Contents

Outline 16: Observations of the "Ob. West" event. Description by von Rundstedt, the General-Field-Marshal, former "Ob. West"
Box 1, Folder 13

Scope and Contents

-Secret Commands: drafts -A pattern of the South Army Group, position: June 21, 1941
Box 1, Folder 14

July 1943 - May 1944

Scope and Contents

Part VI: The Russian Offensive on Romania and Galicia up to the clearing of Crimea. 1. Chapter, sketches and maps.
Box 1, Folder 15

Scope and Contents

-Document 1780-PS...from Official Daily Report Book of von JODL, of January 4, 1937 - August 15, 1939. Events in 1937. -MS#P-215. Interpretation and Commentary on the JODL Diaries, 1937 - 45, by D. Walter Warlimont, General of Artillery. -Comments to a copy of MS#P-215. Part 1. By Warlimont. March 15, 1959. -Part 1. January 4, 1937 - September 29, 1938 and August 23-25, 1939.