Very curious data on 992-nd penal battalion were given by captured Romanian lieutenant Georgescu - chief of a warehouse in city SHACHTY.
Whether is true what 992-nd penal battalion has consisten of persons with higher education?
f. 331 op. 5041 d. 131 l. 87
Prospecting report No 56 army headquarters "Drill"
To 21.00 25/2/43
4. According to the neighbour on the right
Under indications POW of lieutenant GEORGESCU /chief of a warehouse in city SHACHTY/ is grasped 19/2 in region BOKOVO-ANTRAZIT: the Romanian 2 and 3 AK in structure of 14, 13, 5, 7, 8, 11, 18, 20 ID, 1 TD, 11 CDs after their rout on DON and ð. CHIR are merged together and through SHACHTY [SHAFTS] were removed on rearrangement. All these formations have had enormous losses in persons and an equipment. In city SHACHTY the army headquarters 29 AK was placed.
German troops, - on conversations of German officers, - depart through KRASNYJ LUCH [RED BEAM – Yuri] on DNEPRODPETROVSK on r. DNEPR to not appear in an encirclement in region DONBAS. On DNEPR will stop and will be consolidated.
The primary goal now - to stop the further promotion of Russian troops, and then to consolidate a boundary of defense. Germans are going in March - April from Germany to bring up to 30 fresh infantry divisions and new types of tanks, and then at the end of April and the beginning of May to proceed in approach and to defeat Russian troops.
The German army by the spring 1943 will receive new types of tanks which have on arms of 4 guns and 4 machine guns, the part of machine guns is coupled to guns.
In ROMANIA are created from persons with the higher education, adjusted against the existing order, 16 penal battalions, in particulars 992-nd penal battalion which in the structure completely had people with higher education.