The Soviet population living in areas temporarily occupied by the Germans suffered immensely from the very first days of the Nazi invasion. Wherever they ruled, the Germans established regimes of bloody terror. They sacked and destroyed towns, villages, factories, and farms, and they attempted to expropriate all valuable factory and machine and tractor station equipment and remove it to Germany. They committed outrages against the civilian population in the towns and the countryside, and they deported hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians to Germany.