Brandenburgers in Asia/Pacific

Discussions on all (non-biographical) aspects of the Freikorps, Reichswehr, Austrian Bundesheer, Heer, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Fallschirmjäger and the other Luftwaffe ground forces. Hosted by Christoph Awender.
Volklin
Member
Posts: 799
Joined: 18 Apr 2004 01:24

Brandenburgers in Asia/Pacific

Post by Volklin » 25 Aug 2004 09:55

I've heard that Brandenburgers have operated in Asia/Pacific and heard they didn't repeatedly. Did German clandestine forces reach there or not?

User avatar
Anwar bin Zapari
Member
Posts: 176
Joined: 01 Jun 2002 19:39
Location: Malaysia

Post by Anwar bin Zapari » 25 Aug 2004 11:39

I believe not.

Goldfish
Member
Posts: 410
Joined: 31 May 2004 13:51
Location: Atlanta, USA

Post by Goldfish » 25 Aug 2004 13:26

Aside from naval units, I have never heard of any German combat units that fought in Asia. It would make a cool Alistair MacLean or Jack Higgins-style novel though.

User avatar
Peter H
Member
Posts: 28628
Joined: 30 Dec 2002 13:18
Location: Australia

Post by Peter H » 25 Aug 2004 14:05

This book review mentions clandestine operations in Iraq,Afghanistan,and in support of Bose's Indian National Army:

http://stonebooks.com/archives/980127.shtml

User avatar
General
Member
Posts: 263
Joined: 25 Dec 2003 18:52
Location: Dutch Empire

Post by General » 25 Aug 2004 14:31

Peter H wrote:This book review mentions clandestine operations in Iraq,Afghanistan,and in support of Bose's Indian National Army:

http://stonebooks.com/archives/980127.shtml


Correct, if you give me some time i can put some info about these operations in this topic. My source is the mentioned book.


The Brandenburgers did no operations in the Pacific.

User avatar
Peter H
Member
Posts: 28628
Joined: 30 Dec 2002 13:18
Location: Australia

Post by Peter H » 25 Aug 2004 14:52

Volklin,
If you don't mind I've changed your topic heading somewhat--it helps later if someone does a Search on this subject.

General,
Looking forward to some highlights from the book.

Regards,
Peter

Volklin
Member
Posts: 799
Joined: 18 Apr 2004 01:24

Post by Volklin » 26 Aug 2004 08:56

What naval units were in the region?

User avatar
Anwar bin Zapari
Member
Posts: 176
Joined: 01 Jun 2002 19:39
Location: Malaysia

Post by Anwar bin Zapari » 26 Aug 2004 09:30

IIRC, there was a U-Boat floatilla operating out of Penang.

viewtopic.php?p=220878&highlight=penang#220878

http://uboat.net/forum/search.php?f=3&s ... &fldbody=1

There are more topics out there.

User avatar
Anwar bin Zapari
Member
Posts: 176
Joined: 01 Jun 2002 19:39
Location: Malaysia

Post by Anwar bin Zapari » 26 Aug 2004 09:36


User avatar
General
Member
Posts: 263
Joined: 25 Dec 2003 18:52
Location: Dutch Empire

Post by General » 26 Aug 2004 15:33

Afganistan
- Activities against British positions in the border region of India with the help of native tribes.

India
- Establishing of Asad Hind (Free India) Legion, which was part of 4th Regiment (800th Special Purpose Construction Training Division).
- Brandenburgers were involved in the transport of the commanding element of the Indian Legion to Singapore. A Swedish ore ship was partionated in such way that a thin layer of ore could be placed in the upper part of the cargo hold, while the Indian soldiers were accomodated in an open area beneath it. Some Indian soldiers, those with experience as seamen, were made part of the ships crew. The other crew members were Brandenburgers who spoke Swedish. Shortly before reaching the Sunda Strait it was pickup up by a Japanese cruiser and escorted it to Singapore.

In The Branderburgers - Global Mission by Franz Kurowski are around 25 pages spend on the operations in Afganistan, India, Iran and Iraq. According to your replies you (Volklin) you are especially interested in German operations in Asia and less in Iraq, Iran, Afganistan and India? Correct?

Volklin
Member
Posts: 799
Joined: 18 Apr 2004 01:24

Post by Volklin » 26 Aug 2004 22:25

Yes, asia, pacific, and africa.

User avatar
Eden Zhang
Member
Posts: 1196
Joined: 28 Dec 2003 09:54
Location: XXX

Post by Eden Zhang » 27 Aug 2004 08:18

Pardon my ignorance, but who were the Brandenbergers?

User avatar
Peter H
Member
Posts: 28628
Joined: 30 Dec 2002 13:18
Location: Australia

Post by Peter H » 27 Aug 2004 09:38


User avatar
General
Member
Posts: 263
Joined: 25 Dec 2003 18:52
Location: Dutch Empire

Post by General » 27 Aug 2004 12:57

General wrote:- Brandenburgers were involved in the transport of the commanding element of the Indian Legion to Singapore. A Swedish ore ship was partionated in such way that a thin layer of ore could be placed in the upper part of the cargo hold, while the Indian soldiers were accomodated in an open area beneath it. Some Indian soldiers, those with experience as seamen, were made part of the ships crew. The other crew members were Brandenburgers who spoke Swedish. Shortly before reaching the Sunda Strait it was pickup up by a Japanese cruiser and escorted it to Singapore.


Here's the same story a little bit more detailed.

ninoo
Member
Posts: 479
Joined: 10 Nov 2003 08:08
Location: manado

Post by ninoo » 09 Sep 2004 02:38

Hi,

In Bogor, Java Island, there is a military cemetery of 10 German sailors, some of them of U-Boat crews from WW II. It seems they were belong German Asiatic fleet that visiting Indonesia during war. Every year German embassy always visiting the place to honor them.
Beside in "Return from Kwai River" there is a story about Kriegsmarine men in Singapore harbor who help European Allies POWs that worked in the dock. One day, a Japanese kick a German sailor because he misidentified him as Allied POW. The German became furious and throw him to the sea. After this incident, Japanese separated German sailors and European POWs.

Best Regards

Bless the people who like to help others.

Return to “Heer, Waffen-SS & Fallschirmjäger”