Czechs in German army?

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Czechs in German army?

Post by SloveneLiberal » 08 Sep 2020 15:05

It has been recently claimed by one of Slovene historians that Czechs were serving in German army under Hitler. However i doubt this information. Has someone informations about this? Were Czechs during the time of German occupation conscripted in German army or some other military unit which collaborated with Germans? Were maybe people from Carpatho-Ukraine conscripted in Hungarian army and used in eastern front against USSR?

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Re: Czechs in German army?

Post by Waleed Y. Majeed » 08 Sep 2020 17:36

This might be of some help viewtopic.php?f=76&t=68956

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Re: Czechs in German army?

Post by SloveneLiberal » 08 Sep 2020 18:18

I see. So Czechs were not conscripted in German army but they had their own army in Protectorate. Was this army and police engaged in fighting against resistance movement?

Later after the fall of fascism already some were sent to Italy to build fortifications for Germans.

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Post by Georg_S » 07 Oct 2020 20:27

Even Czechs served in the Waffen-SS, I Read an article about the approx 20 Czechs who served at KL Auschwitz just some time Ago.

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Re: Czechs in German army?

Post by Cekekb » 12 Oct 2020 00:02

There certainly was number of ethnic Czechs serving in the Germand armed forces.
Most significant groups came from part Czech Silesia which were aprt of the Reich and where was the same policy with Volksliste as in the rest of Silesia. Then there was area around Hlučín (Hultschin) which was part of the Germany before 1918 - locals were given German citizenship a and consequently conscripted.

Then there was a number of individual cases such as sons of infamous Emanuel Moravec - one served in the Waffen SS, another in Wehrmacht.

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Re: Czechs in German army?

Post by Sid Guttridge » 12 Oct 2020 22:56

Hi Slovene Liberal,

From memory, the Protectorate Army consisted of twelve infantry battalions. In late 1943 or early 1944 all except one battalion were sent to Italy to serve as construction troops. Somewhere I have a book published in 1947 in Prague just before the Communists took over with a detailed history of their Italian deployment.

In 1944/45 many of them deserted to the Italian partisans and escaped into Switzerland. From there many went on to provide reinforcements for the Czechoslovak Brigade raised by the British.

The remaining battalion stayed in Prague as President Hacha's bodyguard unit and its men took part in the final uprising against the Germans in early May 1945.

Cheers,

Sid.

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