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The Assault Generation
Axis Volunteers on the Eastern Front
363 pages; 16 chapters
One of the most edifying secrets of World War II is now revealed. The German Army was
so popular during World War II that many nations contributed huge contingents of Axis
volunteer soldiers to fight and die beside the German Army on the Eastern Front. In
graphic detail, the story of each foreign army and major combat unit that fought for
Germany, against Russia, is finally told. Few historians know that the Axis nations of
Croatia, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Rumania and Slovakia contributed armies to help
Germany in the war on the Eastern Front.
“As soon as the German Army drove into the USSR in June, 1941, Soviet troop units, perceiving the Germans as
liberators, began to surrender en masse. In August 1941, for example, the entire 436th Soviet Regiment defected to
the Germans and became Russian volunteers. "The Soviet forces surrendered to Hitler in regiments, divisions, corps
and armies. In September 1941, the Soviet 5th, 21st, 26th and 27th Armies surrendered to the invading Germans,
simultaneously and without resistance. In May 1942 the whole of the Red Army’s Southwestern Front, the 6th, 9th, and
57th Armies, the 2nd, 5th and 6th Cavalry Corps, the 21st and 23rd Tank Corps, surrendered to the Germans in the
Kharkov area. They fought for four days and laid down their arms on the fifth. At the same moment, the 2nd Shock Army
capitulated on the North-Western Front. What is more, they then turned their weapons against the Communists."
The German invasion of the USSR sparked mass desertions, mutinies and premature surrendering in many Red Army
units. On the Bialystok front in June 1941, "...three Soviet infantry divisions---the 12th, the 89th, and the 103rd--had not
only offered no resistance to the Germans, but when their political commissars had tried, pistol in hand, to make the
troops fight the troops had shot them and had then melted away."
A mass mutiny of Red Army troops occurred during German Army Group South's encirclement of several Soviet armies at
Uman in July 1941. Many Red Army troops, who were surrounded in the Uman Pocket, mutined and slaughtered their
officers and commissars.
Soviet NKVD (secret police) regiments attacked and overcame the Red Army's Uman Pocket mutineers in pitched battles.
Then the NKVD rounded up hundreds of surviving Soviet mutineers, bound their wrists behind their backs, and liquidated
them. Killing fields full of slaughtered Red Army mutineers were found by conquering troops of the German 1st Mountain
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However, even fewer are aware that Belgium, Estonia, France, Holland, Latvia,
Lithuania, Poland, Spain, Russia, the Ukraine and other European Axis nations also
contributed multiple divisions of combat troops to the first true assembly of United
Nations at war with Bolshevism. Did you know that over half of the “German” troops at
Stalingrad were actually Russian volunteers? By 1943, every German division
included Russian volunteers equal up to fifty percent or more of its manpower. Even
German panzer divisions included former Russian volunteers. Most of those foreign
Axis troops acquitted themselves well in combat, and earned great glory on many
bloody battlefields. This is their story; the story of the assault generation.