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First off, are there any estimates for the total number of "hiwis" recruited, respectively, by Germany, Italy, and any other Axis nation participating in this phase of the Eastern Front?
Second, during this period how were "hiwis" typically organised once recruited? Were they just attached to regular Axis units wherever they were needed, or was there any attempt during this period to organise distinct "hiwi" units?
Third, were "hiwis" during this period typically segregated by nationality (e.g. Ukrainians together, Russians together, etc) or could you find groups of mixed nationality?
Fourth, what were the common tasks assigned to "hiwis" during this initial period? Were they most often relegated to rear-line duties like hospitals, kitchens, and such? Or were any utilised in combatant roles during June-December 1941?