PARTISAN LEADER – TWICE HERO OF THE SOVIET UNION
Under Sydir Kovpak’s leadership, partisan units fought a brutal guerrilla war against the Germans as well as anti-soviet Ukrainian Nationalist forces. Partisans were comprised of civilians who took up arms, as well as Red Army survivors. in all, a purported 250,000 partisans died fighting the Nazi invaders while Soviet records claimed half a million Germans killed, wounded or captured by their actions. Additionally, 60,000 Russians were killed by partisans when considered German collaborators.
Kovpak survived the war, later serving in the Soviet