Arabs and African volunteers in wehrmacht

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Arabs and African volunteers in wehrmacht

Post by klaw » 08 May 2007 00:32

Deutsche-Arabische Lehr Abteilung / fries arabien etc
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Post by UMachine » 08 May 2007 01:11

Great pics.Any other info?

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Post by Matt » 08 May 2007 12:47

Thanks for posting the pics, interesting stuff.
Any information on campaigns/combat performance etc?

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Post by Animal » 08 May 2007 14:21

I notoced that many in the pics are wearing French uniforms, which were worn with German helmets by the Phalange Africaine. Are we sure that they're all FAL members?
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Post by Reader3000 » 08 May 2007 22:07

The first posted emblem is the one of the "Sonderverband 287 or 288", right?

Did they spent some time at Vienna, Austria between 1942 and 1944?

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Post by wesker101 » 10 May 2007 16:25

well i read sth in Chinese about this topic, but i am not quite certain...

An Arab unit was formed to assist the anti-British coup in Iraq in the auturn of 1941, with a strength of 300 men. because of the quick failure of the coup the plan was abolished and the unit was sent to African Corps to serve as a guard unit behind the front, and they met their end in April 1943 when surrendered to the Allied forces in Tunisia.

another piece of info is that the 21st panzer division, wihile fighting in the end of 1942, had a battalion named 2nd Tunisian battalion, no further info about that unit, but i guess it could possibly be a volunteer unit raised from local Tunisians.

and last a few balcks also served in African Corps after the fall of Tunisia despite the nazi racial theory, they served as drivers and security guards.

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Post by Askold » 11 May 2007 19:37

Fantastic pics, thank you for posting them!

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Post by klaw » 12 May 2007 09:06

From what I have researched the original unit was formed in 1941 with anti British agitators from Iraq, Syria and other Arab counties smuggled in through turkey as well as Arab students in Germany were recruited, the place of deployment was Cape Sounion in southern Greece.

The only combat they saw was in the Caucasus apparently deployed there in August 1942 in the hope that they could be used in a breakthrough into the middle east, I don't know much about their combat performance but apparently they did take causalities, also they were withdrawn by January 1943 to North Africa


On January of 1943, was formed in Tunisia the denominated unit "Kommando Deutsch-Arabische Truppen or KODAT". by the middle of February of 1943 the KODAT had two battalions of Arab volunteers of Tunisia, an Algerian battalion and a Moroccan battalion that count a total of 3000 men; with German cadre. The KODAT was part of the Sonderverband 287 denominated "Deutsch-Arabische Lehr Abteilung" or also called "Deutsch-Arabische Truppen."

In some photos the soldiers are wearing a white armband apparantly it says Im Dienst der Deutschen Wehrmacht" (To the Service of the German Army), used by the KODAT recruits

this site has some good information, but I don't know how accurate it is

http://www.bills-bunker.privat.t-online ... ion*id*val*
Free Arab Legion in North Africa 1942-1943

Sonderverband 288 was formed from Germans and foreign language specialists from the Brandenburg Division. The unit served in North Africa and worked closely with Arab volunteers, they had ties to the "Deutsche-Arabische Lehr Abteilung", which was raised on 7th April 1942.

A group of French Arabs were formed into the "Phalange Africaine" from the french colonies of Algeria and Tunisia. Just before the fall of Tunis, a battalion of Sonderverband 287 arrived in North Africa.

Free Arab Legion- 1943-1945

Sonderverband 287 was raised from Arabs living in Europe, and was based in Athens, Greece. They fought in the Caucasus in Russia and later in Yugoslavia in anti-partisan operations.

Other Arab formations were formed from Muslims living in southern France.

By 1943 all Arab volunteers should have been issued with the "Freies Arabien" armshield.
Also I read that after the surrender in 1943 some members of this unit were transported to Alabama USA, and held until 1946

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