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 Post subject: Freies Arabien
PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:24 pm 
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Hi all,

Again, whilst surfing the internet looking for information about Norwegian rifles, i came across the above mentioned German Freies Arabien, just really, i suppose, interested to know who they were, where the served (North Africa i guess). Etc.

Sorry just thought i'd ask!!

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 Post subject: Re: Freies Arabien
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Hardcore cadre of German officers & NCO's, mostly from Svd288. The majority of troops being native arab's kitted out in a mixture of french / german uniforms.
Most of the germans had a second language of Arabic. They had a bevo arm insignia issued to them.
Quite a good bit on them in the Afrikakorps book by R.Bender.

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Wow cracking cheers for info on this.


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Hi all,

Anymore photos/ websites or info on this subject???

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Actually I do a second impression of a soldat from Sonderverband 287. They wore the Freies Arabien arm shield on there right sleeve s did the Deutsche Arabische Battalion Nr. 845. There is great information in the best book on Middle Eastern volunteers: The East Came West. There was also a bunch that served in the Luftwaffe as Fallschirmjagers. I believe they were FJR 25 under Major Gerhardt Schacht they later followed Schacht and helped defend the outskirts of Berlin. WOW, more foreign volunteers defending Berlin. Funny how I didn't see foreign volunteers in the Downfall. (Just joking....................don't want to make a movie debate). Some of the Arabs in the FJ wore the Freies Arabien arm shield and the Sonderverband 288 arm patch. Pictures can been seen on the BundsArchive. You can kind of make out the Freies Arabien arm shield in my avatar.


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Sonderverband 288

I have just found the following entry in the OKW Kriegstagesbuch, Lagerbericht OKH, 7th January 1942.

My translation from the German....

Sonderverband 288 (full strength of 2.400 men) have sent 360 men to Bengazi. The Fallschirm-Lehrtruppe XI Fliegerkorps (full strength 1.700 men) have sent 700 men to Bengazi. The vehicles of both groups have remained in Europe.

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