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 Post subject: Czech Volunteers
PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2008 22:48 pm 
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I have searches the net but cannot seem to find any info on any czech units fighting for the axis. I know that there were probably pocket s of czech soliders in german units but i cant seem to find any predomintly czech units. Maybe there werent any?!

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In 1938 Germany took Sudetenland from Tsjechoslovakia after the conference of Munich and it became a part of the Third Reich.

On 15 maart 1939 Tsjechia became "Reichsprotektorat Böhmen und Mähren" and became under protection (rule) of the Reichprotector Reinhard Heydrich.

Slovakia declared itself independand in 1939 and Germany was it's protector against an emminent Hungarian occupation. So it had it's own army wich also fought next to the German army in Poland 1939 and on the Easternfront.

Same thing as for Luxemburg, Germany saw it as a German area.

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 Post subject: Re: Czech Volunteers
PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 15:32 pm 
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There's just the Vladni Vojsko which Dolfie never trusted, rightly so given the numbers that bunked off as soon as they got the chance....

http://www.feldgrau.net/forum/viewtopic ... 7&start=15

My mother in law's partner had two uncles who were German enough to be called up. One went to the U Boats and the other to the Afrika Korps. Against all the odds it was the guy who was in the U Boats that came back from the war.

Interestingly the 'German' who tries to surrender at the start of SPR actually speaks Czech.

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 Post subject: Re: Czech Volunteers
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There is a book out called "Czechs in the Wehrmacht" but this mainly refers to those non Sudeten Germans such as Silesians who the Germans regarded as "German volk" and not Czech, and so they signed the Volksliste and were then legally conscripted in the Wehrmacht.

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A certain Martin Hrustak who was a Sergeant in the Czechoslovak army until 1939 who was then absorbed into the German army won the ritterkreuz. See this link for his service in the wehrmacht.

http://www.ritterkreuztraeger-1939-45.d ... Martin.htm


There were many Czechs of Sudeten origin who had say a German and a Czech parent like the man above, (Hrustak is a Czech origin surname) and were eligable to conscription. Basically, if you were on the volksliste it didnt matter what language you spoke, what your families origins were you would serve in the wehrmacht. Also some 10s of thousands of Czechs served in the Wehrmacht after the annexation of Hultschin region in 1938, they were added to the volksliste aswell so ready for absorbtion into the Wehrmacht.

There were quite alot of Czechs serving in the 73.ID and 5th.PzD

Also, in the area of Tesin there were 2000 Czechs drafted into the Wehrmacht, alot deserted and went into the Polish underground.

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