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A farmer “deceived” by the Germans: the memories of a Soviet general about the interrogation of a policeman

A farmer “deceived” by the Germans: the memories of a Soviet general about the interrogation of a policeman

In the course of the Russian SVO in Ukraine, there were many cases when notorious Ukrainian nationalists, having been taken prisoner, called themselves drivers, cooks and other exclusively peaceful “personnel” of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

It is worth noting that история knows many similar cases of "miraculous reincarnation." One of them is found in the memoirs of Major General Pyotr Petrovich Vershigora, who describes the interrogation of a captured policeman during the Great Patriotic War.

Being in one of the partisan detachments in the Bryansk forests, Vershigora witnessed a remarkable interrogation.

As the Soviet military leader writes in his memoirs, in fact, the policeman who was brought to the commissar of the partisan detachment did not look at all what he imagined. He described the captive policeman as a nondescript and downtrodden man in tattered clothes.

When asked if he was a policeman, a man named Mitrofan Pleskunov, pretending to be a simpleton, replied that he was a local farmer - a railroad guard.

True, when they found an appropriate bandage on him, the man nevertheless admitted that he was a policeman and went to serve the Germans voluntarily.

At the same time, he justified his act by the fact that he needed to feed his family: his wife and three children. The Germans promised him 30 kilograms of bread a month, but allegedly deceived him.

Pleskunov assured the commissar that he never attacked anyone, did not shoot at partisans, but only guarded the road for a piece of bread for the family, which he never received. Moreover, according to the policeman, he never fought against the Soviet regime, since, literally, "had nothing but benefit from it."

As Pyotr Vershigora writes, after such confessions, the commissar did not even know what to do with a war criminal. However, all the i's were dotted by two local women who lived with Mitrofan Pleskunov in the same village.

It turns out that during his service to the Nazis, he managed to personally shoot about thirty soldiers and commanders of the Red Army. Moreover, Pleskunov killed the two-year-old son of one of the residents of his village.

The verdict was handed down to the offender and carried out immediately.

In his memoirs, General Vershigora writes that before the execution, the policeman looked at the partisans, hoping to see in their eyes, inherent in himself, hatred and anger. But he saw only contempt.


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  1. faterdom
    faterdom 16 November 2022 21: 22
    Vershigora and an excellent writer, that's whose books should be taught at school, and not the renegade Isaevich.
    1. Aviator_
      Aviator_ 17 November 2022 19: 09
      Vershigora and an excellent writer, that's whose books you need to learn at school
      In his book, he, in particular, described such an episode. Somehow, Kovpak's unit was fired upon from a German village (this is the question of why all our Germans were resettled with the start of the war. Unfortunately, these were not in time.). So, in the unit were killed and wounded. Kovpak, in response to this, drove out all the inhabitants and burned the village. There were no more shellings, no matter what German villages he passed.
  2. Bingo
    Bingo 16 November 2022 22: 21
    Yes, old garbage ... And also - I'm sure - until the last second I thought that they had dragged him to the execution for absolutely no reason. There is a very flexible morality of these goblins.
    1. laws70
      laws70 17 November 2022 06: 36
      There is a very flexible morality of these goblins.

      Their morality was flexible even before recent events, but then the Anglo-Saxons tweaked the settings for this flexibility a little more ..
  3. Lech from Android.
    Lech from Android. 17 November 2022 10: 50
    Yes, in Ukraine there are no longer a small number of such policemen ... it's a pity that our authorities treat them too humanely, they are fed, watered, dressed, treated, and all at our expense ... all this is not good.
  4. Buyan
    Buyan 17 November 2022 11: 42
    Werewolves need to be slammed and that's it
  5. Pravodel
    Pravodel 17 November 2022 12: 42
    memoirs of a Soviet general about the interrogation of a policeman

    So SMERSH should operate in the front-line and front-line zone, which will deal with such caught and disguised policemen and banderlogs, and then transfer them to military courts, which finally decide what to do with the freak, and carry out the sentence: punishers, murderers, rapists - the gallows, the rest, too, in justice.
    1. KLM77
      KLM77 18 November 2022 12: 58
      Will it change something? Personally, I doubt it.
      1. Pravodel
        Pravodel 18 November 2022 15: 42
        Will it change something? Personally, I doubt it.

        As you know, the death penalty itself is not capable of eliminating crime. But that is not its significance. The death penalty is a social measure that excludes obvious freaks and the existence of the offspring of these freaks from existence.
        In biological nature, the biological law of species competition operates, excluding non-competitive species from existence.
        In society, the biological law of competition - the exclusion of non-competing species from existence does not work. Therefore, the death penalty in society is a measure of exclusion of "non-socialized members", equally, members of society who do not meet the requirements of social norms, such as serial killers, rapists, punishers, banderlogs, etc., from existence. In this sense, the death penalty is a measure of social protection of society from members and their offspring that do not meet the requirements of society.
        The current situation in Ukraine is a consequence of banderlogs that were not liquidated after the Second World War and amnestied by Khrushchev.
        Banderologists in Ukraine are, initially, the children and grandchildren of these Banderlogs, who were not destroyed after the Second World War, who have now developed into a cancerous tumor throughout Ukraine, and which we now have to clean out with a red-hot iron ..
        1. KLM77
          KLM77 18 November 2022 16: 35
          I'm not against the death penalty, I'm more concerned about the shots. Fans of rides on Gelendvagens will substitute their heads for bullets? That's not why they went there.
  6. Naval
    Naval 17 November 2022 12: 43

    When they return for an exchange, the "heroes of Ukraine" sing in a completely different way
  7. Altmann
    Altmann 17 November 2022 20: 39
    The last hope of these cowards was a quick and painless execution. There are certain rules of humanity and humanity to be observed, but in some cases it should not be so. Impaled, if successful, the impaled prisoner lived in severe pain for 3-5 days. It was a punishment. am