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Eden Zhang wrote:I just find it weird that I've heard stories of men of Asian and African origins dressed as Panzergrenadiers, but many don't allow women.
Just a though.
The Wehrmacht in Normandy in June of 1944 was an international army. It had troops from every corner of the vast Soviet empire -- Mongolians, Cossacks, Georgians, Muslims, Chinese ... captured by the Germans in 1941 or 1942. There were some Koreans, captured by the Red Army in the 1939 war with Japan. In Normandy in June 1944, the 29th Division captured enemy troops of so many different nationalities that one GI blurted to his company commander, "Captain, just who the hell are we fighting, anyway?"
You asked about the capture of prisoners of war with Chinese or Mongolian appearance? We captured so many with what appeared to be Mongolian features, that we carried them to the rear in lorries with boards up the sides just like carrying hay. So many, lorry after lorry load, many of them quite happy to be taken prisoner, sadly, we learned in later years that they were repatriated to the land of their birth, and legend has it that they were all executed, but I have no first hand knowledge of that. Certainly we captured very many. I am unable to say exactly what nationality they were.
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