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Author:  BIG AL PRICE [ Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:33 am ]
Post subject:  Russians at Normandy

while digging through the sand at some bunkers on UTAH beach this year,along with lots of German & US ammo,we found a spent russian round.
i know Russian(i use the term "Russian" as an umbrella title)troops were based around there,but wouldnt they have had german weapons rather than Russian for ease of supply?
Al

Author:  WAYNE15071965 [ Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:05 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Russians at Normandy

Al
There was plenty of eastern european and weapons and equipment on the Normandy coast during 1944.
Some of the German units in Normandy where there for a break after there action on the Ost front.
Then brought with them plenty of Soviet kit, and Ukranian, Polish and other soldiers too.
Unlike the other beaches where Russian and Czech conscripts would build defenses but not put up a stiff fight, Omaha Beach was defended by the crack 352nd Division, veterans of fighting in Russia.
Allied intelligence did not know of their presence at Omaha.

Author:  BIG AL PRICE [ Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:24 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Russians at Normandy

cheers Wayne,we were a little dumbfounded when we found the round(just a single round among other German 7.92)on UTAH.i'd forgotten about it until reading the threads on here.
we also found a brand new spent live 7.62 round in one of the bunkers,someone test firing a weapon out to sea perhaps!

Author:  REME 245 [ Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Russians at Normandy

This picture was posted on a similar thread on this forum recently.

From memory it shows Georgians in German service with Russian weapons.

Author:  Frontovik [ Thu Sep 02, 2010 21:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Russians at Normandy

Here's the detail of the thread... viewtopic.php?f=136&t=53719

Author:  Jon Das Reich [ Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:59 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Russians at Normandy

I have a German ammo box for a Russian mortar that came from Normandy

Author:  Frontovik [ Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:33 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Russians at Normandy

rordog95 wrote:
Many citizens from occupied countries were forced to join the German army, Many of these were Russian and they fought at Normandy, some Sikhs fought there aswell.



Not according to Feldgrau.net.....

http://www.feldgrau.com/azadhind.html

Author:  Swiper [ Tue Feb 01, 2011 22:41 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Russians at Normandy

Most German Infantrie Divisions were full of oddball nationalities, I really wouldn't rule it out - especially if there was a movement orders tits up. What book is it in?

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