Alfred Liskow

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Alfred Liskow sometimes Liskov[1][2] or Liskof[3] or Albert Liskow[4] or Albert Liskov[5] (1910–1942?) was a German soldier who swam across the Bug River at 21:00 on the eve of Operation Barbarossa near Sokal, just north of L'viv, in 1941 to warn the Red Army of imminent attack the next morning.

Alfred Liskow was born 1910. Before joining the German military 1939, he worked as a furniture maker at a furniture factory in Kohlberg, Bavaria. Liskow served at Infantry Regiment 222 of the 75th infantry division stationed on the eve of the invasion north to the village (town) of Sokal north to Lemberg (Lviv, Ukraine). At that time he was 30 years old. After learning about the German invasion, he left his military unit and having swum across the Bug river on June 21, 1941 at about 9:00 pm surrendered to the Russian border patrol soldiers of the 90th Border Unit. During a questioning he said that at dawn on June 22 the German Wehrmacht would attack along the entire German - Soviet border. After that the Soviet authorities used him for their propaganda. January 1942 he was arrested and put to a Russian prisoner camp. He was rehabilitated July 16, 1942. Liskow's ultimate fate is unknown. However, Stalin later ordered the execution of a "German deserter" for misinformation. It is unclear if this refers to Liskow or another German deserter.[6]


  1. ^ [a b W. Leonhard . Child of the Revolution Issue 2, Publisher Ink Links, 1979, ISBN 0-906133-26-2 , page 122]
  2. ^ [a b M. Blank: booty:. POWs in German and Soviet photography Margot Blank, Museum Karlshorst, Ch Links Verlag, 2003, ISBN 3-86153-294-8 , p.29 limited preview in Google Books]
  3. ^ [HH Düsel: The Soviet leaflet propaganda against Germany in World War II. Volume 1, Ingolstadt, 1985, page 107]
  4. ^ [a b The war was lost in Kursk. In Der Spiegel 27, 1966, of 27 June 1966]
  5. ^ [Den sjarmerende terrorist. in: Dagbladet 30 January 2006 ( Bokmål )]
  6. ^ Absolute War: Soviet Russia in the Second World War. Bellamy, Chris. p156-157.