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    Foreign Volunteers in the Wehrmacht and ϟϟ

    During WW2, everyone who supported the German struggle for the survival of national-socialism was allowed into either the Wehrmach or the SS. WW2 was not so much a war of the rest of the world against Germany but of traditionalists against capitalists and communists.

    Below is an incomplete list of units in which a significant amount of foreign volunteers fought.

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    Arab Nations
    Deutsche-Arabische Bataillon Nr 845
    Deutsche-Arabische Lehr Abteilung

    Albania
    21. Waffen-Gebirgs-Division der SS Skanderbeg (albanische Nr. 1)

    Belorussia - See Soviet Union

    Belgium
    27. SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Division Langemarck (flämische Nr. 1)
    28. SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Division Wallonien
    SS-Freiwilligen Legion Flandern
    SS-Freiwilligen-Standarte Nordwest
    SS-Freiwilligen-Sturmbrigade Langemarck
    6. SS-Freiwilligen-Sturmbrigade Langemarck
    5. SS-Freiwilligen-Sturmbrigade Wallonien
    SS-Freiwilligen-Verband Flandern
    SS-Sturmbrigade Wallonien
    Wallonisches-Infanterie Bataillon 373

    Bulgaria
    Waffen-Grenadier Regiment der SS (bulgarisches Nr 1)

    Croatia
    17. Air Force Company
    369. (Kroatische) Infanterie-Division
    373. (Kroatische) Infanterie-Division
    392. (Kroatische) Infanterie-Division
    Croatian Air Force Legion
    Croatian Air Force Training Wing
    Croatian Anti-Aircraft Legions
    Croatian Legion
    Croatian Naval Legion
    Polizei-Freiwilligen-Regiment 1 Kroatien
    Polizei-Freiwilligen-Regiment 2 Kroatien
    Polizei-Freiwilligen-Regiment 3 Kroatien
    Polizei-Freiwilligen-Regiment 4 Kroatien
    Polizei-Freiwilligen-Regiment 5 Kroatien
    Polizei-Freiwilligen-Regiment Kroatien - See Polizei-Freiwilligen-Regiment 1 Kroatien
    13. Waffen-Gebirgs-Division der SS Handschar (kroatische Nr. 1)
    23. Waffen-Gebirgs-Division der SS Kama (kroatische Nr. 2)

    Denmark
    Danish volunteers in Waffen-SS
    Freikorps Danmark (Frikorps Danmark)

    Estonia
    Estnische Grenzschutz Ersatz Regiment
    Estnische Grenzschutz Regiment 1 (Polizei)
    Estnische Grenzschutz Regiment 2 (Polizei)
    Estnische Grenzschutz Regiment 3 (Polizei)
    Estnische Grenzschutz Regiment 4 (Polizei)
    Estnische Grenzschutz Regiment 5 (Polizei)
    Estnische Grenzschutz Regiment 6 (Polizei)
    Estnische SS-Freiwilligen-Brigade
    3. Estnische SS-Freiwilligen-Brigade
    Estnische SS-Legion
    20. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (estnische Nr. 1)

    Finland
    Finnisches Freiwilligen-Bataillon der Waffen-SS

    France
    French forces during WW2
    French Volunteers and Collaborationist Forces
    Französische SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Regiment
    Französische SS-Freiwilligen-Sturmbrigade
    Légion des Volontaires Français (LVF)
    Légion Tricolore - See Légion des Volontaires Français
    Waffen-Grenadier-Brigade der SS Charlemagne (französische Nr.1)
    33. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS Charlemagne (französische Nr. 1)

    Hungary
    22. SS-Freiwilligen-Kavallerie-Division Maria Theresa
    1. Ungarische-SS-Schi-Bataillon
    1. Ungarische SS-Sturmjäger Regiment
    25. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS Hunyadi (ungarische Nr. 1)
    26. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS Hungaria (ungarische Nr. 2)
    33. Waffen-Kavallerie-Division der SS (ungarnische Nr. 3)
    Waffen-Schi Bataillon der SS 25
    Waffen-Schi Bataillon der SS 26

    India
    Indische Freiwilligen Legion der Waffen-SS
    Infanterie-Regiment 950 (indische) (Legion Freies Indien)

    Ireland
    Irish volunteers in the Waffen-SS

    Italy
    Italienische-Freiwilligen-Legion
    Karstwehr-Bataillon
    Karstwehr-Kompanie
    1. Sturm-Brigade Italienische Freiwilligen-Legion
    Waffen-Gebirgs-(Karstjäger)Brigade der SS
    24. Waffen-Gebirgs-(Karstjäger-)Division der SS
    Waffen-Grenadier-Brigade der SS (italienische Nr. 1)
    29. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (italienische Nr. 1)

    Latvia
    Lettische Freiwilligen Polizei Regiment - See Lettische Freiwilligen Polizei Regiment 1 Riga
    Lettische Freiwilligen Polizei Regiment 1 Riga
    Lettische Freiwilligen Polizei Regiment 2
    Lettische Freiwilligen Polizei Regiment 3
    Lettische Grenzschutz Regiment 1 (Polizei)
    Lettische Grenzschutz Regiment 2 (Polizei)
    Lettische Grenzschutz Regiment 3 (Polizei)
    Lettische Grenzschutz Regiment 4 (Polizei)
    Lettische Grenzschutz Regiment 5 (Polizei)
    Lettische Grenzschutz Regiment 6 (Polizei)
    Lettische SS-Freiwilligen-Brigade
    2. Lettische SS-Freiwilligen Brigade
    Lettische SS-Freiwilligen Legion
    15. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (lettische Nr. 1)
    19. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (lettisches Nr. 2)

    Lithuania
    Litauische Polizei Regiment 1

    Netherlands
    Landstorm Nederland - See SS-Grenadier-Regiment 1 Landstorm Nederland
    SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Brigade Landstorm Nederland
    SS-Freiwilligen-Legion Niederlande
    SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Brigade Nederland
    4. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Brigade Nederland
    34. SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Division Landstorm Nederland
    23. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division Nederland (niederlandische Nr. 1)
    SS-Freiwilligen-Standarte Nordwest
    SS-Freiwilligen-Verband Niederlande
    SS-Grenadier-Regiment 1 Landstorm Nederland

    Norway
    Freiwilligen Legion Norwegen (Den Norske Legion)
    SS-Schijäger Bataillon Norwegen (Skijegerbataljon Norge)

    Romania
    Romanian volunteers in the Waffen-SS
    Waffen-Grenadier-Regiment der SS (rumänisches Nr 1)
    Waffen-Grenadier-Regiment der SS (rumänisches Nr 2)

    Russia - See Soviet Union

    Serbia and Montenegro
    Polizei-Freiwilligen-Regiment Montenegro
    Polizei Freiwilligen Regiment 1 Serbien
    Polizei Freiwilligen Regiment 2 Serbien
    Polizei Freiwilligen Regiment 3 Serbien
    Polizei-Selbstschutz-Regiment Sandschak
    Serbische Freiwilligenkorps - See Srpski Dobrovoljački Korpus
    Srpski Dobrovoljački Korpus

    Spain
    Esquadron Azul
    250. Infanterie-Division (División Azul)
    Spanische-Freiwilligen-Kompanie der SS 101
    Spanische-Freiwilligen-Kompanie der SS 102

    Soviet Union
    Armenische Legion
    Azerbajdzansche Legion
    Böhler-Brigade
    Freiwilligen-Stamm-Division
    Galizische SS Freiwilligen Regiment 4 (Polizei)
    Galizische SS Freiwilligen Regiment 5 (Polizei)
    Galizische SS Freiwilligen Regiment 6 (Polizei)
    Galizische SS Freiwilligen Regiment 7 (Polizei)
    Galizische SS Freiwilligen Regiment 8 (Polizei)
    Georgische Legion
    162. (Turkistan) Infanterie-Division
    600. (Russische) Infanterie-Division
    650. (Russische) Infanterie-Division
    Kalmücken-Kavallerie-Korps - See Kalmüken Verband Dr. Doll
    Kalmücken-Legion - See Kalmüken Verband Dr. Doll
    Kalmüken Verband Dr. Doll
    Kaminski Brigade - See RONA
    Kaukasischer Waffen-Verband der SS
    Nordkaukasische Legion
    Osttürkischen Waffen-Verbände der SS
    Russkaya Ovsoboditelnaya Narodnaya Armija (RONA)
    Sonderverband Bergmann
    Tataren-Gebirgsjäger-Regiment der SS
    Turkestanische Legion
    Waffen-Gebirgs-Brigade der SS (tatarische Nr. 1)
    Waffen-Grenadier-Brigade der SS (weißruthenische Nr. 1)
    14. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (ukrainische Nr. 1)
    29. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (russische Nr. 1)
    30. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (weissruthenische Nr. 1)
    Waffen-Sturm-Brigade Kaminski - See RONA
    Waffen-Sturm-Brigade RONA - See RONA
    Wolgatatarische Legion

    Sweden
    Swedish volunteers in the Waffen-SS

    Ukraine - See Soviet Union

    United Kingdom
    Britisches Freikorps (British Free Corps)

    White Russia - See Soviet Union

    USA
    US volunteers in the Waffen-SS

    Yugoslavia - See Croatia and Serbia & Montenegro


    Indian fighters in de Heer




    Kroatian Muslims in de Waffen-SS (Handschar Division)




    Koreaan soldiers in the Heer




    Turkmen soldiers in the Heer




    Chinese and Hungarian soldier both receive the Iron Cross 2nd Class

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    The multiculturalism within Germany's army was targeted by the Soviet WW2 propaganda.

    "In German uniform - an Italian thief, a barefooted Spaniard, a French hooligan, a Romanian bandit, a Finnish hulk and a Hungarian executioner... What a scum!"



    "Disobedient people of Norway, Denmark and Holland have lost their Nordic name that is transfered to Romanian, Hungarian and Italian servants of Hitler"

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    National-Socialism must've been good if so many non-Germans were willing to fight for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elysium View Post
    National-Socialism must've been good if so many non-Germans were willing to fight for it.
    They did not necessarily fight for NS, or for Germany, they fought against Bolshevism, against old rivals - like Albanians fought against Serbs etc., and against their colonial masters. Summa summarum most Europeans were opposed to NS and the German occupiers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aptrgangr View Post
    They did not necessarily fight for NS, or for Germany, they fought against Bolshevism, against old rivals - like Albanians fought against Serbs etc., and against their colonial masters. Summa summarum most Europeans were opposed to NS and the German occupiers.
    I didn't mean in the sense of Hitler's National-Socialism, but the broader National-Socialism where everyone nation has ownership over their own and every entity of that nation works together FOR that nation. Since Bolshevism is the polar-opposite and they fought against Colonialism, it's fair enough to say that the Broader NS is what they fought for.

    But nevertheless, even fighting with the Axis powers is enough to say that Nazis were better than Bolsheviks whose protectors were the Allies.

    I re-read what I wrote and it seems that I am anti-Allied powers. Don't take it that way. I just think that one ideology is inherently more "just" than the other and I, in no way, discriminate against those who fought for Allies since they were indoctrinated, as was everyone, to fight for what they say as the just cause.

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    Most Europeans then and still today are mislead to believe that National Socialism is the enemy. If only they knew that they're only numbers to those who would send them into the firestorm of war for nothing but profit, and in the case of WWII, to destroy a truely people-empowering ideal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elysium View Post
    I didn't mean in the sense of Hitler's National-Socialism, but the broader National-Socialism where everyone nation has ownership over their own and every entity of that nation works together FOR that nation.
    Wouldn't that be International-Socialism?
    Quote Originally Posted by Elysium View Post
    Since Bolshevism is the polar-opposite and they fought against Colonialism, it's fair enough to say that the Broader NS is what they fought for.
    But Germany fought for colonialism and imperialism, that's why I do not see much difference between NS and Bolshevism or liberal Democracy.
    Quote Originally Posted by Elysium View Post
    But nevertheless, even fighting with the Axis powers is enough to say that Nazis were better than Bolsheviks whose protectors were the Allies.
    Why better? Both sides killed innocent people in favour of an ideology.
    Quote Originally Posted by Elysium View Post
    I re-read what I wrote and it seems that I am anti-Allied powers. Don't take it that way. I just think that one ideology is inherently more "just" than the other and I, in no way, discriminate against those who fought for Allies since they were indoctrinated, as was everyone, to fight for what they say as the just cause.
    It does not need much of indoctrination to fight those having invaded your homecountry.

    Quote Originally Posted by TeutonicMensch
    Most Europeans then and still today are mislead to believe that National Socialism is the enemy.
    So people whose homland was bombed and invaded by NS troops were wrong to believe NS was their enemy?
    Quote Originally Posted by TeutonicMensch
    If only they knew that they're only numbers to those who would send them into the firestorm of war for nothing but profit, and in the case of WWII, to destroy a truely people-empowering ideal.
    Well, this so called people-empowering ideal did not stay behind own borders, but started conquering others, that's the real problem.
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    It looks like the standard tactic of arming ethnic groups against rival majority/occupying powers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aptrgangr View Post
    Wouldn't that be International-Socialism?
    It could be or International-Socialism could be multiracialism. It depends how you want to see it since there hasn't been any movement of "International-Socialism" there is nothing to use as precedence.

    But Germany fought for colonialism and imperialism, that's why I do not see much difference between NS and Bolshevism or liberal Democracy.
    I don't think they did. The only way to win a world war is to expand temporarily. It would've been even more impossible to defend just Germany with just Germans against the U.S., Soviet Union, British Commonwealth, France, and the smaller allied countries. What would you propose then if you see none of them as good? I do hope it's not something unrealistic.[/quote]

    Why better? Both sides killed innocent people in favour of an ideology.
    Killing is always necessary. You can't befriend everyone and therefore you will always have enemies, and when it comes to politics that means you will get killed or they will. Innocent people are always killed, not just for ideological reasons.

    It does not need much of indoctrination to fight those having invaded your homecountry.
    England, France, and US declared war on Germany not the other way around.


    So people whose homland was bombed and invaded by NS troops were wrong to believe NS was their enemy?
    Not really. It's either them (they didn't usually bomb and violently invade for no reason) or the Soviets who would definitely treat them nicely while letting them maintain any level of independence.

    Well, this so called people-empowering ideal did not stay behind own borders, but started conquering others, that's the real problem.
    Grossdeutsches Reich?

    If people were killing my people for no reason (Danzig) I'd definitely invade especially in the numbers they were getting killed.

    Sorry about replying to someone else's posts.

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