could a foreign person serve in the german army during ww2?

hi there,

was just wondering if a british,french(ETC) person could volenteer to join the german army during ww2?

or if there was any known perosn who did?

many thanks

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  • 8 years ago
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    Yes - there were SS divisions, composed of fascist volunteers, raised in the Netherlands, Norway and Belgium, and smaller units of fascists from other countries including Finland, Denmark and France.

    There was also a very small unit of British fascists, once described as a battalion, but actually never more than a company. I believe two at least of its soldiers survived the war, but am unsure what happened to them subsequently.

  • 8 years ago

    The Wehrmacht didn't allow foreigners in their ranks but the SS did. The following divisions in the Waffen-SS were in part or completely formed from people other then Germans. The list is incomplete and what should be noted is that although these are all mentioned as Divisions many of them were nothing more then strengthened brigades.

    5. SS Panzer Division Wiking - Volunteer division with multiple nationalities.

    7. SS Freiwilligen-Gebirgs Division - Serbian volunteers.

    11. SS Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier Division - Nordic volunteers, formed from the Nordland regiment of the 5. SS Division.

    13. SS Waffen-Gebirgs Division - Croatian, formed 1943.

    14. SS Waffen-Grenadier Division - Ukrainian, formed in April 1943.

    15. SS Waffen-Grenadier Division - Lithuanian, formed mid 1943.

    19. SS Waffen-Grenadier Division - Latvian, formed in February 1944.

    20. SS Waffen-Grenadier Division - Estonian, formed in late 1943 - early 1944.

    21. SS Waffen-Gebirgs Division - Albanian, formed in April 1944.

    23. SS Freiwilligen Panzer-Grenadier Division - Dutch volunteers, formed in December 1944.

  • nosdda
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    Before hitler invaded Rusia, Russian troops fought alongside the Germans, and Bulgaria also fought with the Germans. Italy too fought with them in Crete.

  • Mark F
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    Yes, the Wehrmacht and Waffen SS had hundreds of thousands of foreign volunteers.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Can and did.

    -in 1939?? Germany issued a "call to the Fatherland" that all Germans return home and defend it. Some did.

    Even in America.

    http://journalstar.com/lifestyles/article_66492ff6...

    , press coverage of the Bund tapered off as the group declined and public fear of domestic Nazism waned. Hundreds of dispirited Bund members returned to Germany.

    http://www.americainwwii.com/stories/americansforh...

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Get on board a time machine set the dial to 1939 and find out, personally !!!

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Many people of the occupied nations did just that. They had entire divisions of them.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    So long as they were 'Aryan' there wasn't any problem with it. I've actually heard of blacks that served in it, but it wouldn't have really done them any good, seeing as the Nazis were aiming to rule over them.

  • 8 years ago

    Many did.

  • ?
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    Instinctive answer, many did. Then I saw someone else's answer.

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