Ukrainian home guards/ home defence ?

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Ukrainian home guards/ home defence ?

Postby wardenhill » 16 Dec 2016 10:12

Hello,

were there any home guard/ defence ( heimatwehr/ heimatschutz ) units in Ukraine for local defence duties, that were not part of the schuma battalions ? Pete.

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Re: Ukrainian home guards/ home defence ?

Postby history1 » 16 Dec 2016 21:52

Hi Pete,

local defense duties against whom?

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Re: Ukrainian home guards/ home defence ?

Postby bertamingo » 18 Dec 2016 01:51

No Ukrainian Home Guards were established, though these were present in Estonia, Lithuania and Belarus. There might be some Tartar self-defense formations in Ukrainian Crimea before being transformed into schuma or ost battalions.

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Re: Ukrainian home guards/ home defence ?

Postby Askold » 15 Feb 2017 22:45

Yes there were some home guard units. Originally called as "Ukrainski Kuschi Samo-oborony" (Ukrainian Self-Defence units). Formed from locals and originally under OUN control. Afterwards were either disbanned, integrated into police or transformed into Schuma battalions.

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Re: Ukrainian home guards/ home defence ?

Postby bertamingo » 15 Feb 2017 23:59

Askold wrote:Yes there were some home guard units. Originally called as "Ukrainski Kuschi Samo-oborony" (Ukrainian Self-Defence units). Formed from locals and originally under OUN control. Afterwards were either disbanned, integrated into police or transformed into Schuma battalions.


To my understanding, Home Guards weren't self-defense forces. For example, in German-occupied Belarus, The Belarusian Home Guards refered to the BKA, while the Belarusian Self-Defense refered to the armed peasant irregulars established earlier than BKA.

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Re: Ukrainian home guards/ home defence ?

Postby tom_deba » 17 Feb 2017 22:40

Were these Home Guards supervised or controlled by German Ordnungspolizei?

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Re: Ukrainian home guards/home defence ?

Postby history1 » 20 Mar 2017 12:52

Moderately, Tom.


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