Thursday 13 September 2018


"Translation from German
9th Army HQ
Intelligence department, counterintelligence section
#653/43 Secret
July 18th, 1943

RE: Operation Citadel

All documents that relate to Operation Citadel even now have a special meaning for the enemy. Because of this, all documents, down to every last copy, in both the corps and the divisions, need to be thoroughly and completely destroyed. The report of this destruction must be submitted by August 3rd, 1943. Copies not marked for destruction in corps and divisions must be delivered immediately to rear line organizations. 

Division HQs must transfer the documents to corps HQs, which will take on the task of ensuring that they are transferred to the distant rear.

Army Chief of Staff"

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