Wehrmacht foreign volunteers and conscripts
Among the approximately one million foreign volunteers and conscripts who served in the Wehrmacht and Waffen SS during World War II were ethnic Germans, Belgians, Czechs, Dutch, Finns, Danes, French, Hungarians, Norwegians, Poles, Portuguese, Swedes, and British, along with people from the Baltic states and the Balkans. At least 47,000 Spaniards served in the Blue Division.
Some estimates state anywhere between 600,000 and 1,400,000 Soviets (Russians and non-Russians) joined the Wehrmacht forces as Hiwis. (or Hilfswillige) The Ukrainian collaborationist forces were composed of an estimated number of 180,000 volunteers serving with units scattered all over Europe. Russian émigrés and defectors from the Soviet Union formed the Russian Liberation Army or fought as Hilfswillige within German units of the Wehrmacht primarily on the Eastern Front. Non-Russians from the Soviet Union formed the Ostlegionen (literally "Eastern Legions"). The East Battalions comprized a total of 175,000 personnel. These units were all commanded by General Ernst August Köstring. (1876−1953) A lower estimate for the total number of foreign volunteers that served in the entire German armed forces (including the Waffen SS) is 350,000.
List of units
|Armenian Legion||Mostly Soviet Armenians|
|Azerbaijani Legion||Mostly Soviet Azeris|
|Georgian Legion||Mostly Soviet Georgians|
|XV SS Cossack Cavalry Corps||Until 1 February 1945 under command of the Wehrmacht, then the Corps was transferred to the Waffen-SS|
|Kalmykian Voluntary Cavalry Corps||Mostly Kalmyks|
|Luftwaffen-Legion Lettland||Air unit composed of Latvians.|
|Nachtigall Battalion||Ukrainians of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists|
|Ostlegionen||Consisting mostly of Caucasians|
|Roland Battalion||A.k.a. Special Group Roland. Second Polish Republic citizens of Ukrainian ethnicity|
|Russian Liberation Army||Mostly ethnic Russians|
|162nd Turkoman Division||Formed in May 1943 and comprised 5 Azeri and 6 Turkestani artillery/infantry units.|
|Ukrainian Liberation Army||Ukrainians|
|Ukrainian National Army||Ukrainians|
|Free Arabian Legion|
|Legion of French Volunteers Against Bolshevism|
|Poles in the Wehrmacht|
|British Free Corps|
- Waffen-SS foreign volunteers and conscripts
- Non-Germans in the German armed forces during World War II
- Russian Liberation Movement
- Lithuanian Territorial Defense Force
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- Audrey L. Alstadt (2013). "The Azerbaijani Turks: Power and Identity under Russian Rule". p. 187. ISBN 9780817991838
- Carlos Caballero Jurado (1983). Foreign Volunteers of the Wehrmacht 1941–45. Translated by Alfredo Campello, David List. Osprey. p. 29. ISBN 978-0-85045-524-3.
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- “SS: Hitler's Foreign Divisions” description
- Rolf Michaelis: Die Waffen-SS. Mythos und Wirklichkeit. Michaelis-Verlag, Berlin 2001, p. 36
- Nikolai Tolstoy (1977). The Secret Betrayal. Charles Scribner’s Sons. pp. 304ff. ISBN 0-684-15635-0.
- Carlos Caballero Jurado, Ramiro Bujeiro (2009). Blue Division Soldier 1941-45: Spanish Volunteer on the Eastern Front. Osprey Publishing. p. 34. ISBN 1-84603-412-4.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)