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ogenoct
Thursday, April 29th, 2004, 10:18 AM
interesting:

http://www.axishistory.com/index.php?id=310

C.

Prince Eugen
Wednesday, August 18th, 2004, 06:17 PM
I also read that a former USMC NCO with German ancestry who joined Wehrmacht sincr 1939 he was member of Otto Skorzeny's unit!

Athelf
Friday, October 29th, 2004, 02:22 PM
There were even some Turkish ones as you can see from my signature.

Oskorei
Friday, October 29th, 2004, 06:30 PM
There were even some Turkish ones as you can see from my signature.
Do you know if they were from Turkey or if they were Soviet prisoners of war from the Central Asian republics who turned Axis? (the name "Ostturkisch" would imply the latter)

Siegmund
Friday, October 29th, 2004, 08:07 PM
interesting:

http://www.axishistory.com/index.php?id=310

C.
One of my favorite books on this topic:

Hitler's Renegades (http://www.brasseysinc.com/Books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=86643)

Siegmund
Friday, October 29th, 2004, 08:20 PM
Do you know if they were from Turkey or if they were Soviet prisoners of war from the Central Asian republics who turned Axis? (the name "Ostturkisch" would imply the latter)
From Hitler's Renegades (http://www.brasseysinc.com/Books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=86643), p. 123:


In parallel to the RNNA were the so-called Eastern Legions (Ostlegionen). In late 1941, Hitler was visited by General Erkilet of the Turkish General Staff, who urged the Führer to intervene on behalf of Red Army POWs of Turkic nationality. Hitler, eager to recruit Turkey as an ally, granted permission in November for the creation of a Turkistani legion. The experiment was such a success that by the end of the year three more Eastern Legions had been formed... As a gesture to court the Turks, was the formation of the Turkistani 162nd (Turkish) Infantry Division to serve as the parent unit for the various legion batallions.

Athelf
Friday, October 29th, 2004, 10:21 PM
Most of the members of Ostturkischer division were Turks from Azerbaican and some other Turks from Turkey and also Caucausia. As I know there were also Circassians in the division to fight against Russia.