Ost-Bataillone were composed of various nationalities, raised mostly
amongst POWs captured in Eastern Europe, who had been formed into
battalion-sized units, which were integrated individually into German
combat formations, and;
Members of Osteinheiten usually faced execution or harsh terms of
imprisonment, if they were captured by
1 Ost-Bataillone 2 Ostlegionen 3 See also 4 References 5 Further reading
Ost-Bataillone wore German uniforms and equipment and were integrated
into larger German formations. They began as the private initiatives
of individual military commanders, but eventually became formalized
and by late 1943 they contained 427,000 personnel, a
force equivalent to 30 German divisions. Most were utilized on the
Eastern Front and in the Balkans.
During 1944, a number of Ost-Bataillone were stationed in northern
France, in anticipation of a western Allied invasion. Units that
fought in the Battle of
Name of unit Size and composition
Armenian Legion 11 battalions consisting of ethnic Armenians.
Azerbaijani Legion/Muslim Caucasus Legion Composed of Azeris, Daghestanis, Chechens, Ingushes, and Lezghins.
Georgian Legion 14 battalions, consisting of ethnic Georgians.
Russian Liberation Army a. k. a. the "Vlasov Army"; a corps-sized formation composed mostly of ethnic Russian volunteers.
34 battalions, composed of Turkmens, Uzbeks,
Ukrainian Liberation Army various Ukrainian units comprised more than 50,000 personnel.
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^ Ambrose, Stephen (1997). D-Day: the Battle for the Normandy Beacches. London: Simon & Schuster. p. 34. ISBN 0-7434-4974-6.
The East Came West: Muslim, Hindu, And Buddhist Volunteers in the German Armed Forces, 1941-1945, edited by Antonio J. Munoz (Axis Europa Books, 2002, ISBN 1-8