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Persian - Shiraz
Dear Friends?
Can you help me about the following passage? The words in bold are problematic:
"It would have been improper for the men, as serving Wehrmacht members, to report directly to the SD or Amt VI administration without having first been formally discharged from the Wehrmacht, not individually from their units but as a group in the secure environment of Abwehr headquarters."
I think it means that men should be discharged collectively not individually, but I am not sure about it. I think something is wrong.
It is from this book:

Nazi Secret Warfare
in Occupied Persia (Iran)
The Failure of the German Intelligence
Services, 1939–45
Adrian O’Sullivan
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