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Why do you wish to exclude Volkstrum from your count? Or are you trying to produce a figure of those who were not rounded up in the last desperate conscriptions in the latter months of 1944 to provide an accurate count of how many Great War veteran's were able to serve in the Second World War?
Unfortunately I don't have any figures, but I have to admit it'll be interesting to see what it is.
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One small thing first: why do so many English speaking write "Volksstrum" instead of "Volkssturm" as it is called? Or "Liebstandarte" when it should be "Leibstandarte"??
Very many fought in both wars. Most officers, and even a grat numbers of NCOs and EM. I have never seen a figure, but have close relatives that fought and surived bith world wars.
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The Germans, Lutjens, Raeder, Donitz, Lindemann, Brinkmann, Tovey, Holland, Wake-Walker all were veterns.
The sea training of these officers alone could start the core of a navy.
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One small thing first: why do so many English speaking write "Volksstrum" instead of "Volkssturm" as it is called? Or "Liebstandarte" when it should be "Leibstandarte"??<<
Its just a common mistake among English speaking peoples. The "ur" thing happens quite a lot. Even with people with a high proficiency in writing. The "ie" thing in the mis-spelling "Liebstandarte" is due to the English rule of 'i' before 'e', except after 'c'. I don't think there are a lot of words in English with "ei" in it. In German theres quite a lot. "Frei", "zwei", etc. But this is quite alien in English.