Hitler’s Russian & Cossack Allies 1941–45

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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.

Table of Contents

Introduction /Uniforms & insignia 1941-42: the Eastern Battalions /Uniforms & insignia 1943-45 /Cossack units: uniforms & insignia 1941–42 /1st Cossack Division, uniforms & insignia 1943–44 /XV Cavalry Corps, uniforms & insignia 1944–45 /Plate Commentaries /Index

Product details

Published Oct 20 2015
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781472806871
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 40 b/w; 48 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Men-at-Arms
Short code MAA 503
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

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Nigel Thomas

DR NIGEL THOMAS PhD is an accomplished linguist an…

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Johnny Shumate

Johnny Shumate works as a freelance illustrator li…

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