Italy's Eastern-Front volunteers

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Italy's Eastern-Front volunteers

Post by Komi » 16 Feb 2021 21:02

Aside from the "Savoia" Cossack unit, what other foreign-volunteers did Italy use on the Eastern Front?

I have seen some mentions (in the book 'The Italian Army 1940-45' by Philip S Jowett) of a Croatian Legion (called "Legione Croata Autotransportable") which was sent to support Italy on the Eastern Front. Can anyone share details about them?

And were there any other foreign-volunteers used by Italy to fight the Soviets?

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Re: Italy's Eastern-Front volunteers

Post by LColombo » 17 Feb 2021 01:09

There's some information on the Croatian Legion, as well as other foreign volunteers employed by Italy on the Eastern Front, in these older threads:

https://www.forum.axishistory.com/viewt ... 5&start=45

viewtopic.php?t=117656

viewtopic.php?t=19377

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Re: Italy's Eastern-Front volunteers

Post by Komi » 17 Feb 2021 10:50

LColombo wrote:
17 Feb 2021 01:09
There's some information on the Croatian Legion, as well as other foreign volunteers employed by Italy on the Eastern Front, in these older threads:

https://www.forum.axishistory.com/viewt ... 5&start=45

viewtopic.php?t=117656

viewtopic.php?t=19377
Thank you. I had not heard about those Ukrainian "Polizia ausiliaria" ... it would be interesting to know more about them if there is information available.

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Re: Italy's Eastern-Front volunteers

Post by thezerech » 27 Feb 2021 04:58

Komi wrote:
17 Feb 2021 10:50


Thank you. I had not heard about those Ukrainian "Polizia ausiliaria" ... it would be interesting to know more about them if there is information available.
I had not even heard about an Italian occupation zone in Ukraine, I know Romania had a small one, including mostly Bessarabia and the SE, they were quite brutal. I'm trying to find info on the Italian occupation, I really can't find anything in English, I'll try searching in Italian, then Ukrainian, oddly enough those are the two languages I am learning.

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Re: Italy's Eastern-Front volunteers

Post by Komi » 28 Mar 2021 11:25

Italy recruited quite a lot of collaborators in Yugoslavia (mostly for the local MVAC), yet I've only heard of one unit of Yugoslavs (the above-mentioned "Legione Croata Autotransportable") sent to the Eastern Front. Did Italy recruit any other Yugoslavs for service on the Eastern Front? Or were these Croats the only ones?

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