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Military Insignia » WW2 Axis Forces Insignia » Foreign Volunteers » Turkistanische Volunteer's Sleeve Shield 2nd pattern

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Turkistanische Volunteer's Sleeve Shield 2nd pattern [FV 110]
Turkistanische Volunteer's Sleeve Shield 2nd pattern
Turkistanische Volunteer's Sleeve Shield 2nd pattern [FV 110]

With the German invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941 the German army is among large sections of the non-ethnic Russian population who welcomed him as a liberator from the yoke of Bolshevism. Despite the fact that Hitler was negative, the German front commanders quickly saw the advantage of using these eager volunteers for auxiliary roles. As a result of limited human resources, the German army began using inmates as volunteer workers from the summer of 1941 despite contrary orders of Hitler. Despite the fact that the Turkish peoples (Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, Uzbeks and Tajiks) originally viewed by the Nazis as racially inferior, this attitude changed officially starting in the autumn of 1941, when the Nazis tried to exploit the anti-Russian sentiment for political gain. In an effort to convince the Central Asian nationalists to ally with the German cause, Hitler eventually will enable to create a Turkestan Legion, the November 1941, contingent upon the German 162nd Infantry Division as a parent and training unit. Most of these volunteers were POWs of the Red Army, who chose to fight for the Nazis in the hope of establishing an independent state in Central Asia after the war. The first Turkestan Legion mobilized in May 1942, initially consisting of only one battalion, but later in 1943 and then increased to 16 battalions and 16,000 soldiers. Under the command of the Wehrmacht, these units were mobilized exclusively on the western front, isolating them from the Red Army in France, northern Italy and Greece. In Greece units consisting of Turkmen and Uzbeks would disperse among the units guarding railway facilities and many of them will participate in antiguerilla operations during the spring of 1944. On their sleeve bears the 2nd pattern emblem with the golden bow granted to them after 1943. During the fighting in the liberation of Thessaloniki the rail station guard consisting of the Turkest.Inf.Btl. 789 will engage in battle with guerrillas of ELAS. The battle will end leaving behind 10 dead and the RS will pass into the hands of the forces of ELAS. The remaining will be collected by the British forces and repatriated to Russia, where they will discover the beauty of nature in Siberia for having fought on the side of the Axis powers.


 

 

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