Foreign Volunteers with the Fallschirmjäger

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Re: Foreign Volunteers with the Fallschirmjäger

Post by Lasse » 04 Oct 2022 08:05

At least one Swede served as a Fallschirmjäger. Not too much is known; he was half German, Richard Ulm. The only information I have is that he joined the Luftwaffe to avoid service in the SS. Ended up as a FJ on the western front and was captured there. Returned to Sweden shortly after the end of the war.

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Re: Foreign Volunteers with the Fallschirmjäger

Post by Kurtsuljo » 03 Nov 2022 20:19

There were about 80-100 Arabs in the 9th fallschirmjäger these men were actual fallschirmjägers unlike most of the men in the division since they had been trained specially prior they were a company and fought with very good results.

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Re: Foreign Volunteers with the Fallschirmjäger

Post by FlyingStukas » 04 Nov 2022 23:01

Kurtsuljo wrote:
03 Nov 2022 20:19
There were about 80-100 Arabs in the 9th fallschirmjäger these men were actual fallschirmjägers unlike most of the men in the division since they had been trained specially prior they were a company and fought with very good results.
Do you have any source for that? What, men of the Free Arab Legion became FJ overnight?

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Re: Foreign Volunteers with the Fallschirmjäger

Post by Orlov » 04 Nov 2022 23:50

Georgian (with a Russian mother - "White" emigrants) was killed in Crete in the elite Fallschirmjaeger - for Westfeldzug + Unternehmen "Merkur": EK I, EK II + Verw. Abz.
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Re: Foreign Volunteers with the Fallschirmjäger

Post by Kurtsuljo » 05 Nov 2022 00:57

FlyingStukas wrote:
04 Nov 2022 23:01
Kurtsuljo wrote:
03 Nov 2022 20:19
There were about 80-100 Arabs in the 9th fallschirmjäger these men were actual fallschirmjägers unlike most of the men in the division since they had been trained specially prior they were a company and fought with very good results.
Do you have any source for that? What, men of the Free Arab Legion became FJ overnight?

From Antonio J. Munoz's "the east came west muslim, hindu, buddhist voulnteers in the German armed forces 1941-1945" according to the book the men were already
a company (5th company) in the 845th Arab-german battalion but many deserted to join their old commander (ending up in the 9th fallschirmjäger division) if you want to learn more about them you could get the book.
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Re: Foreign Volunteers with the Fallschirmjäger

Post by CogCalgary » 05 Nov 2022 03:05

FlyingStukas wrote:
04 Nov 2022 23:01
Kurtsuljo wrote:
03 Nov 2022 20:19
There were about 80-100 Arabs in the 9th fallschirmjäger these men were actual fallschirmjägers unlike most of the men in the division since they had been trained specially prior they were a company and fought with very good results.
Do you have any source for that? What, men of the Free Arab Legion became FJ overnight?
The Germans selected many Libyans and others for special training in North Africa.

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Re: Foreign Volunteers with the Fallschirmjäger

Post by FlyingStukas » 05 Nov 2022 21:10

Kurtsuljo wrote:
05 Nov 2022 00:57
FlyingStukas wrote:
04 Nov 2022 23:01
Kurtsuljo wrote:
03 Nov 2022 20:19
There were about 80-100 Arabs in the 9th fallschirmjäger these men were actual fallschirmjägers unlike most of the men in the division since they had been trained specially prior they were a company and fought with very good results.
Do you have any source for that? What, men of the Free Arab Legion became FJ overnight?

From Antonio J. Munoz's "the east came west muslim, hindu, buddhist voulnteers in the German armed forces 1941-1945" according to the book the men were already
a company (5th company) in the 845th Arab-german battalion but many deserted to join their old commander (ending up in the 9th fallschirmjäger division) if you want to learn more about them you could get the book.
Quite interesting, thank you. Any mention of the men in combat and operations? Thanks

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Re: Foreign Volunteers with the Fallschirmjäger

Post by Kurtsuljo » 06 Nov 2022 01:40

FlyingStukas wrote:
05 Nov 2022 21:10
Kurtsuljo wrote:
05 Nov 2022 00:57
FlyingStukas wrote:
04 Nov 2022 23:01
Kurtsuljo wrote:
03 Nov 2022 20:19
There were about 80-100 Arabs in the 9th fallschirmjäger these men were actual fallschirmjägers unlike most of the men in the division since they had been trained specially prior they were a company and fought with very good results.
Do you have any source for that? What, men of the Free Arab Legion became FJ overnight?

From Antonio J. Munoz's "the east came west muslim, hindu, buddhist voulnteers in the German armed forces 1941-1945" according to the book the men were already
a company (5th company) in the 845th Arab-german battalion but many deserted to join their old commander (ending up in the 9th fallschirmjäger division) if you want to learn more about them you could get the book.
Quite interesting, thank you. Any mention of the men in combat and operations? Thanks
Their commander schacht mentioned "his" Arab in a personal letter he wrote:

"....in November 1944 word got around that i had been entrusted with the activation of a parachute regiment for special special employment. Before this month was over approximately 100 Arabs had deserted from their jobs with various staff to volunteer for service in the new Regiment under the leadership of officers who commanded them in the tunisian campaign. They formed an extra company for the regiment. During the fighting in March and April 1945 in pomerania and on the oder marches the Arab company fully proved it's effectiveness. In at least two instances i owed my life to the Arabs. Their losses were in proportion to their courage." also their Regiment was the 25th fallschirmjäger of Regiment of the 9th fallschirmjäger division and your welcome.
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