The official AHF Foreign Volunteers & Collaboration quiz

Discussions on the foreigners (volunteers as well as conscripts) fighting in the German Wehrmacht, those collaborating with the Axis and other period Far Right organizations. Hosted by George Lepre.
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Re: The official AHF Foreign Volunteers & Collaboration quiz

Post by Ivan Ž. » 17 Mar 2019 23:13

Hello, Frans

The I./28 was called the Albanian Battalion (it wasn't really a nickname; it was simply an Albanian battalion within a Bosnian-Herzegovinian division). I haven't heard that III./51 had a nickname.

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Re: The official AHF Foreign Volunteers & Collaboration quiz

Post by DFrolov1992 » 18 Mar 2019 01:56

Ivan Ž. wrote:
17 Mar 2019 23:13
Hello, Frans

The I./28 was called the Albanian Battalion (it wasn't really a nickname; it was simply an Albanian battalion within a Bosnian-Herzegovinian division). I haven't heard that III./51 had a nickname.

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Ivan
Hello, Ivan

You are right, however, as in at least several German documents there is the name "Albanian battalion" as a nickname. III./SS-2 (Not 51 since that number was added to the regiment after it had been disbanded and the battalion itself was disbanded). He really didn't have a nickname.

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Re: The official AHF Foreign Volunteers & Collaboration quiz

Post by FransN » 18 Mar 2019 10:23

Hi DFrolov1992 and Ivan,
Point taken! George Lepre mentions in his divisional history the departure of the Albanian battalion, and he was referring to I./28. Schmidhuber mentions the Albanian battalion (from "Handschar") in his final report on 02.10.1944, referring to III./2 in the "Skanderbeg" division. In that sense you may call that a nickname. Indeed there is no official mention of the renumbered battalion (III./51).
I guess one of you two guys should ask the next question.
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Re: The official AHF Foreign Volunteers & Collaboration quiz

Post by Ivan Ž. » 18 Mar 2019 10:39

Again, it's not really a nickname ("not really" usually means "kind of is but basically isn't"); "Devil's Division", "Tiger-Division", "Blue Division", those were real nicknames, for none of those units was actually devil's, tiger-related, or blue. But the Albanian battalion was actually an Albanian battalion (which later evolved into an Albanian division). It's the same as the "Handschar" Division was both officially and unofficially called Croatian, or Bosnian-Herzegovinian division; it wasn't nicknamed - it actually was Croatian/Bosnian-Herzegovinian.

Anyhow, enough with the "Handschar"; who is this foreign volunteer officer?
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Re: The official AHF Foreign Volunteers & Collaboration quiz

Post by balkanguy44 » 18 Mar 2019 13:49

Ivan Ž. wrote:
18 Mar 2019 10:39
Again, it's not really a nickname ("not really" usually means "kind of is but basically isn't"); "Devil's Division", "Tiger-Division", "Blue Division", those were real nicknames, for none of those units was actually devil's, tiger-related, or blue. But the Albanian battalion was actually an Albanian battalion (which later evolved into an Albanian division). It's the same as the "Handschar" Division was both officially and unofficially called Croatian, or Bosnian-Herzegovinian division; it wasn't nicknamed - it actually was Croatian/Bosnian-Herzegovinian.

Anyhow, enough with the "Handschar"; who is this foreign volunteer officer?

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Is it Leon Degrelle?
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Re: The official AHF Foreign Volunteers & Collaboration quiz

Post by Ivan Ž. » 18 Mar 2019 13:57

Indeed it is :) Over to you ;)

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