From 1941 to 1945, a large number of foreign soldiers were incorporated into the ranks of the German army in order to compensate for the enormous losses suffered by the Wehrmacht, including thousands of French.
Whether fighting against the Soviets on the Eastern Front, with the Afrika-Korps in Tunisia or fighting with the occupying army in France, these volunteers generally took the plunge to join the Germans with the authorization of their own government, even though there was never any 'formal link' to the Vichy regime.
For the first time in the English language, this book provides details of the units' various insignias, along with rare and previously unpublished and personal photographs of the few surviving members interviewed by the author.
As a result, a new vision of these collaborators emerges, allowing them to be regarded as adventurers or even nationalists.
After all, despite being clothed in the "enemy's" uniform, the majority of these soldiers respected their oath of allegiance, often giving their lives in return.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 300 colour and black and white images
- Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 18/05/2016
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9781473856561