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Ostuf Charlemagne wrote:Kamerad Panzermahn ,here the information you requested to the SS FHA AMT V (Personalamt )...
It seems they were 300 italians serving within LSSAH.... In 1943,after the 8th september armistice,some fascist soldiers wanted to stay loyal to the Axis and joined the division... most were used as mecanicians since the LSSAH had seized lot of italians vehicles.But after the division was sent to Ukrain in November,many were sent to replace losses within the panzergrenadieren rgts of the division.In March 44 ,50 of them accepted to be sent to the italian SS brigade ..this group was formed at the Lichterfelde Kaserne,Berlin's depot of the LSSAH,and traveled by train to Italy ,ounder guidance of german oberscharfuehrer Willy Detering,to Verona,Italy. Those were the first italians of the italian SS Legion to wear the SS runes black tabs,while their comrades had always the red tabs.
(and ones of the fews to be tattoed - the italian brigade volunteers were never tattoed.)
One of them was unterscharfuehrer Giuseppe Medda,who will lost his leg in a communist explosive attempt against the Pinerolo Quarters where an SS italian batallion was stationned ,in september 1944.
But not all italians leave the LSSAH, 100 will stay untill the end of the war with the division,others were sent to the 12th Hitler-Jugend and organic units of the I SS Panzerkorps.For instance a report of the 501 th SS Panzerabteilung (Tigers tanks ) of september 5th 1944,mentionate that 21 italians volunteers of this abteilung were killed in action in Normandy.
They provened from the LSSAH....
Many italians served within other SS divisions like in the 4th SS , 7th SS,
10th SS, 11th SS, 16th SS, 17th SS ,24th SS, 28 th SS (yes.. 100 italians nationals within the Wallonie...) and with Otto Skorzeny special forces.
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