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Cossack Volunteers

Post by ''X'' » 21 Oct 2006 23:43

From http://www.roa.ru site

This is my personal favorite one.Shashka swords!!

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I think this one is Kononov and von Pannwitz

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Main motive for collaboration with Germans was anticommunism and a famous Cossack leader was von Pannwitz who was named 'Ataman'' (a military honor given only to the Czar by Cossacks),a Prussian aristocrat and WW I Cavalry Veteran

Good information about Cossack volunteers and their (military) action can be found in the below link
http://members.tripod.com/~marcin_w/index-3.html

If anyone has more information about Cossack volunteers,Kononov or other Cossack leaders and any more Cossack volunteer photos i would be gratefull if he could help.

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Post by ''X'' » 22 Oct 2006 14:05

thanks Serbian boy!

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Rare colour footage of Cossack troops fighting for Wehrmacht

Post by ''X'' » 27 Jul 2007 23:46

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qI3NpjOM-ZU

Film also shows the repairing of a damaged tank, the outstanding Schnell-Boots of the Kriegmarine and the training of paratroopers.

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Post by George Lepre » 28 Jul 2007 02:46

Incredible footage!

Thank you from one George to another!

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Re: Cossack Volunteers Pics

Post by AlifRafikKhan » 15 May 2009 16:55

From other thread in this forum.

Here are two pics of a Don Cossack unit,token in Charente Maritime,near Normandy,France,1944,before D-day....
They wear a tank badge on the arm 'cause they belonged to a german tank unit at Rschew in the Eastern Front

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Re: Cossack Volunteers Pics

Post by AlifRafikKhan » 15 May 2009 17:00

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Re: Cossack Volunteers Pics

Post by AlifRafikKhan » 15 May 2009 17:04

The upper photo shows men of Ost.Art.Abt 621 and the on the below is Second Lieutenant Isaieff indeed.He served in Festung Regiment 360.

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Re: Cossack Volunteers Pics

Post by AlifRafikKhan » 15 May 2009 17:11

Here's a pic of von Renteln in Eastern front Winter 43.

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Re: Cossack Volunteers Pics

Post by AlifRafikKhan » 15 May 2009 17:16

All the quotes is in that thread.

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Re: Cossack Volunteers Pics

Post by Rand » 15 May 2009 19:42

Hello, just a quick note on these great photos....

According to David Littlejohn's 'Foreign Legions of the Third Reich Volume 4' page 278, the tank badge "is a facsimile of a German Panzerkampfwagen Auf. III in white metal with a large golden F upon it, which was given by von Rentln to men of his Cossack regiment in recognition of their bravery in action against Red Army tanks." It cetainly does not mean that they attached to a German tank unit on the Eastern Front.

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Re: Cossack Volunteers Pics

Post by AlifRafikKhan » 21 May 2009 11:39

From Axis History Forum, unidentified Generals and Admirals thread. Kononov with mystery general...

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Re: Cossack Volunteers Pics

Post by Arensburger » 30 May 2009 20:49

Siberian Cossack Rgt commander Oberstleutnant Heimert Freiherr von Nolcken [Ernst Gustav Heimert Nolcken] (UraI-Kosaken-Reiter-Rgt.2 or Sib.Kos.Reit.Rgt.2)
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Re: Cossack Volunteers Pics

Post by WW2CroatianNewsreel » 08 Jun 2009 17:51

Arensburger wrote:Siberian Cossack Rgt commander Oberstleutnant Heimert Freiherr von Nolcken [Ernst Gustav Heimert Nolcken] (UraI-Kosaken-Reiter-Rgt.2 or Sib.Kos.Reit.Rgt.2)
Pictures from friendly neighbouring forum: Wehrmacht-Awards.com Militaria Forums
http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/forums/ ... p?t=291659

Who is that person on the left in the first picture, and he's in the second one as well.
Where did he serve?


I can see he has been rewarded with Croatian medal Grand Cross with Oak Wreath and Star (around his neck)
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Re: Cossack Volunteers Pics

Post by Arensburger » 14 Jun 2009 23:45

WW2CroatianNewsreel wrote:Who is that person on the left in the first picture, and he's in the second one as well.
Where did he serve?
Ernst Gustav Heimert Nolcken was born 13. March 1899 (by old russian calendar 1.of March) in Estonia, manor house of Kudjape (Rittergut Kudjapäh [knight manor]) located on the eastern outskirt of Arensburg (today Kuressaare) on the island of Saaremaa (Ösel). Entry in the church book about baptizing of him notes names of his father and mother – Johann Gustav baron Nolcken (owner of manor Kudjape) and Eidoksia Helene Lucia Eva baroness Nolcken. As everybody can see he was born in german noble family in Estonia. But it doesn’t mean that he was fully German and has nothing to do with Estonians. Just the opposite, he spoke good estonian and feel as citizen of Estonia. When Estonian Independence War begun, he join Estonian army but not Baltic Landeswehr as many estonian germans did. After the war he continues serving Estonian Army. All the time between the two wars he was serving cavalry regiment of Estonian army. At the same time he was an excellent sportsman in equestrian sport. He won many of championships.
Before WWII, by agreement between Hitler and Stalin ethnical Germans in Estonia got possibility to move to the Germany. Most of the Germans went to the Germany at the first change, but not Nolcken. He left Estonia by the last change, when Russians were already occupied Estonia, his brother (former policeman) was already executed in the prison of Tartu and German embassy in Estonia picked out leftover ethnic Germans from Estonia (even from the soviet prison, as they did with colonel Paul Bassen-Spillar).
In Germany he joins the Wehrmacht and got rank of Hauptman. First unit he serves was Kavallerie-Regiment 18, later Aufklärungs-Abteilung 35. Was involved in the western campaign. In the beginning of the eastern campaign he was commander of Aufklärungs-Abteilung 268. In February 1942 he took back from Russians airfield of Juhnov near Serpuhov and was awarded with EK1. Later he was commanding Aufklärungs-Abteilung 32 in Demjansk.
In autumn of 1943 he got call from Helmuth von Pannwitz to command Kosaken-Kavallerie-Regiment. As fanatic cavalry officer he did not think a minute. That was a kind of job he was dreaming. Actually he had to start forming Sibirisches Kosaken-Reiter-Reigment 2 in Millau and later as commander of this regiment he battle in Yugoslavia.
He died 8. of February 1960 in Heidelberg Germany.
At the time of living in Estonian Republic between two great wars, he was not using any noble titles as baron or von. Those titles had a bad sonance in Estonia. Later in Germany he used form of name Nolcken Freiherr von, Heimert. Way Freiherr? Actually his family was not an old German knight family. They came to Estonia from Neddersassen without any title. In year 1726 son of the owner of manor Haeska (Hasik) on the same Estonian island of Saaremaa Erich Matthias von Nolcken (1694–1755) got title of Swedish nobleman from Swedish king Frederik I and 1727 this family was immatriculated to the Swedish nobility as knight (nr.1806 - http://books.google.ee/books?id=9bIDAAA ... -PA1406,M1 ). 1747 this family got also Swedish title Freiherr.

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