Osttrupp veterans: post-war anti-Communism?

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Osttrupp veterans: post-war anti-Communism?

Post by Komi » 10 Feb 2021 20:13

Many of Germany's eastern volunteers ended up being handed over to the USSR after the war, but I know there were groups that managed to avoid this fate and settled in various non-Communist countries.

So, knowing this, are there any examples of "Osttrupp" veterans who were active in anti-Communist activities post-war, whether military, political, or covert/underground? The closest example I could find was Lauri Törni, a Finnish Waffen-SS veteran who later served with the US military in the Vietnam War.

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Re: Osttrupp veterans: post-war anti-Communism?

Post by Tamari » 10 Feb 2021 23:23

Hi Komi,

yes, there were a lot of former East-European foreign volunteers on axis side who fought against Soviet communism after World War II.

one example is the holder of the Knights Cross Robert Ancans.

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=159818&p=1407069&hi ... s#p1407069

https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/search/site/Ancans


Another example is that of the Latvian Alfreds Riekstins as well a holder of the Knights Cross.

https://www.tracesofwar.com/persons/680 ... s.htm?c=aw

https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/search/site/Riekstins

In Munich was after the war a mosque established in cooperation between the new German German intelligence service BND and Gerhard Mende which was planned as a fix-point to recruit and use the Muslim world to contain and rollback Soviet communism's influence in countries where Islam has a majority.
Former Muslim soldiers on the axis side and their Imam's were instrumtalized for this goal.

Ian Johnson: Die vierte Moschee: Nazis, CIA und der islamische Fundamentalismus. Klett-Cotta, Stuttgart 2011,

https://youtu.be/ZDuriZ68kuU

Stefan Meining: Eine Moschee in Deutschland: Nazis, Geheimdienste und der Aufstieg des politischen Islam im Westen

https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB111964664777469127

And see also here:

viewtopic.php?f=51&t=244812&p=2227419&h ... s#p2227419

In addition after the war Leutnant Schubert, a former member of Frontaufklärungstrupp 212 (Truppführer: Leutnant Helmut Hasselmann) which was active in the Baltic states, had contacted Latvians who stranded in Germany. If Schubert had done this on a private basis to support them or on behalf of the CIA, SIS or Org Gehlen/ BND for intelligence reasons I wasn't able to find out.

As far as I know especially former soldiers and activists from the Baltic were send in Operation Jungle with former German E-boats/ Schnellboote under the command of Hans Helmut Klose back to their home countries to spy on the Soviet troops and to join the partisan forces of the "Forest Brothers".

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10. ... ode=rjih20

But there are so many other stories and personal fates. Regarding Finnish soldiers you can also search for Operation Stella Polaris, the rescue of Finnish Cyrptographer and SIGINT troops via Sweden. Some of these officers had also joined the USA.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operati ... la_Polaris


Best regards
Robert

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Osttrupp veterans: post-war anti-Communism? -- Karoly Ney

Post by Tamari » 10 Feb 2021 23:47

Hi Komi,

the former Hungarian SS-Officer Karoly Ney is a very prominent example regarding your question.

https://www.axishistory.com/various/121 ... giment-ney

https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/search/ ... roly%20ney

Best regards
Robert

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Re: Osttrupp veterans: post-war anti-Communism?

Post by Seppo Koivisto » 11 Feb 2021 11:33

Finnish Wikipedia link below has a list of Finns who served in the US army after the Weapons Cache Case. Finns could become US citizens after the Lodge-Philbin Act as Finland received no Marshall Plan aid.
https://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marttisen ... sen_miehet

Here is the story of a Lodge-Philbin Act soldier Slovak Jan Janosik.
https://drloriputerbaugh.wordpress.com/ ... -soldiers/

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Re: Osttrupp veterans: post-war anti-Communism?

Post by thezerech » 27 Feb 2021 05:10

The Ukrainian 14th Division (later 1st UNA division) was resettled in the west, I've met some of their descendants, which, I'll say, is a funny thing for a Jew. A Ukrainian nationalist movement in exile first came about in 1914. After 1921 varying political factions had their own associations and clubs, some left-wing some right-wing (including monarchists). After WWII the OUN basically subsumed the rest of Ukrainian exile politics. The varying leaders of the OUN/UPA who made it to the west existed in various Ukrainian academic societies/clubs as well as various anti-communist/anti-soviet political advocacy groups. I know lots of Ukrainian veterans (of varying military formations on both sides) ended up in the FFL, although I don't know of any specific individuals. I'm sure many ended up in the US military as well.

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