Hitler's Russian & Cossack Allies 1941-45

Hitler's Russian & Cossack Allies 1941-45


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Given the merciless way in which the war on the Eastern Front of World War II was conducted, it is difficult to imagine soldiers changing allegiance from one side to another. Yet after the German invasion of Russia in Operation Barbarossa, well over 400,000 former Soviet Citizens went on to fight for Nazi Germany in some capacity. These included not only the 'legions' recruited from non-Russian ethnic groups eager for freedom from Stalin's dictatorship, but also some 100,000 Russians and Cossacks. What began as small local security units of 'Ostruppen', enrolled for the ongoing campaigns against Soviet partisans, were later reorganized, given special systems of uniform and insignia, amalgamated into larger formations, and eventually committed to the front line. This book offers up an essential guide to the appearance, formation and equipment of the myriad Russian and Soviet units that fought for the Germans. It uses rare photographs and revealing color illustrations to create a peerless visual reference to the troops who switched from one ruthless superpower to another and met with a horrific fate when the fighting was over.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472806871
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 10/20/2015
Series: Men-at-Arms Series , #503
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 1,164,577
Product dimensions: 7.07(w) x 9.88(h) x 0.23(d)

About the Author

Dr Nigel Thomas is an accomplished linguist and military historian, formerly a Principal Lecturer at Northumbria University, now a freelance military author, translator and military uniform consultant. His interests are 20th century military and civil uniformed organizations, with a special interest in Germany, Central and Eastern Europe. He was awarded a PhD on the Eastern enlargement of NATO. The author lives in Cleadon Village, UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

Operation 'Barbarossa' - German occupation zones and command structures

Local recruitment - nomenclature

Eastern Troops 5


Security units, 1941-42: organization, uniforms and insignia

Eastern Battalions. 1942-43: organization

Russian Liberation Army (ROA), 1943-44: uniforms and insignia - transfers to the West

Russian People's Liberation Committee (KONR) and Armed Forces (VS-KONR), 1944-45

The Eastern Luftwaffe

Independent Russian Volunteer Units 15

Russian Nationalist People's Army (BNNA)

SS-Verband Drushina

Russian People's Liberation Army (RONA)

1st Russian National Army (1-ya RNA)

Russian Cossacks 20

Origins - Cossack Security units, 1941-42: organization - uniforms and insignia

Cossack units, December 1942-September 1943: organization -uniforms and insignia December 1942-May 1943 - uniforms and insignia May 1943-May 1945 - transfers to the West

1st Cossack Division - XIV Cossack Cavalry Corps - XV Cossack Cavalry Corps

Cossack Division distinctive uniforms and insignia

The Cossack Settlement, 1943-45

Select Bibliography 40

Plate Commentaries 44

Index 48

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