Ukrainian Liberation Army

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Ukrainian Liberation Army
Ukrainian: Українське Визвольне Військо
German: Ukrainische Befreiungsarmee
Українське Визвольне Військо.png
Insignia of the Ukrainian Liberation Army
Active 1943 - 15 April 1945
Country Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Nazi Germany
Branch Army
Type Infantry
Size Division
Engagements World War II
Mykhailo Omelianovych-Pavlenko
Petro Dyachenko

The Ukrainian Liberation Army (Ukrainian: Українське Визвольне Військо, Ukrayins’ke Vyzvol’ne Viys’ko, UVV) was formed by the German Army (Wehrmacht Heer) in 1943 to collect the Ukrainian volunteer units that came into being during World War II. It was composed of former Ukrainian Hiwis (Hilfswilliger), Ostbataillonen, and other Soviet prisoners of war (POWs) or volunteers.

Headed by Ukrainian general Mykhailo Omelianovych-Pavlenko, the unit grew to the size of 50,000 by 1944 and peaked at some 80,000 towards the end of the war.[1] The army comprised a collection of units scattered all over Europe. In April 1945, remnants of the UVV were attached to the Ukrainian National Army, commanded by general Pavlo Shandruk.

See also[edit]


Further reading[edit]

  • Небелюк М. Під чужими прапорами. Paris 1947;
  • Thorwald U. Wen sie verderben wollen. Stuttgart 1952;
  • Anders W. Hitler's Defeat in Russia. Chicago 1953;
  • Луць Горобець С. Курінь ім. Івана Богуна. Газ. "Шлях Перемоги", pp. 6–39. Munich 1967.