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During World War II, thousands of non-German men fought in the Waffen-SS and in the Wehrmacht. People from all Europe, volunteers from neutral and occupied countries and enemy prisoners. Even Russian and Arab units existed.

How many were there? It would be interesting to know the numbers grouped by country.

  • It depends, are you asking about the whole Wehrmacht or only the Waffen-SS? – Alex J. Mar 5 at 15:15
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    The Wikipedia page Waffen-SS foreign volunteers and conscripts seems to cover this quite well although I don't see Arabs mentioned. Also, have a look at Wehrmacht foreign volunteers and conscripts. – Lars Bosteen Mar 5 at 15:15
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    I expect that the answer will be a "social sciences number" with lots of qualifiers and unknowns. There were ethnic Germans in central Europe who got both citizenship and their draft papers when the Wehrmacht arrived. How do you count them? There were non-Germans in military coats who were not, technically, soldiers. – o.m. Mar 5 at 17:29
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    @DevSolar I already knew that, but he mentioned both in his original question, so I asked for the sake of precision. However I did phrase it wrongly or ambiguously. – Alex J. Mar 6 at 14:32
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    @AlexJ.: Fair enough. Thanks for clarifying. – DevSolar Mar 6 at 14:34
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this is way better and is from @ Lars Bosteen = better list

As I know there were at least 1 Flanders unit of the SS and, if I believe right, 1 motorized SS division of the Dutch, with 2 infantry divisions. There were also units deployed into normal SS divisions and I don't think there are any actual numbers of volunteers.

There was also a Georgiërs legion deployed on the island of the Texel. They actually mutinied the German island and almost captured Texel but the Germans recaptured the island and try to find all the Georgiërs. This happened from 6th April and ended around end April/start of May. The last fighting on the island was the 20th May when the Canadians captured the island. The Germans had surrendered in the Netherlands 2 weeks earlier on the 5th of May.

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    Have you seen the comment by Lars Bosteen? Which does link to a rather extensive list of nationalities and numbers? – DevSolar May 2 at 12:42
  • nope have not read the comments to well and that looks very wel made – Marc Roelse May 2 at 12:50
  • There were no 3 Dutch divisions. There was a single combined Dutch/Belgian division, several (I think 2) French divisions, one or two Swedish ones, and smaller units from countries like Denmark and Norway. – jwenting Jun 3 at 4:20

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