ROA

Russian Balkan Corps

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Russian Liberation Army 1941-1945

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Artillery Leutenant of Russian Guard Group 1942.First models of uniforms for Russian Guard Korps(group) were made from Yugoslavian uniforms with remade collar. But begining 1942 they began to make uniforms with their own possibilities. As headgear were used Chehoslovakian helmets with white cross (Opolchenskiy Krest)  and imperial army side-caps.

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Machine gunner form one of "young"  4 or 5 regiments of Russian Guard Corps 1944-1945 Wears italian Uniform with German insignia 

 

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Russian Guard corps Collar patches Cornell Cossack formations then Lieutenant Cavalry and Infantry Soldier. Soldiers and officers weared Russian Imperial army shoulder boards with their last rank in imperial army but they mean only honor rank was showed only by collar patches.

 

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5-th Hundred  4-th Regiment of Russian Guard corps. Belgrade, August 1942. All officers and soldiers wearing uniforms dark-brown colour with Russian shoulder boards and cockades  . Unter-officers collars are silver piped . Most warriors have badges of Russian regiments and military schools badge of first Kuban "Ice" battle trip and George Crosses  

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Soldier George's cross with leaf, which was awarded only to officers by soldiers after February 1917

   In the autumn of 1943 the lieutenant colonel Luftwaffe Holters has offered to form a flying unit from the Russian volunteers, ready to combat on a leg Germanium. In October of the same year in Suvalki the special camp, where In June, 1941 soon after assault Germanium on the Soviet Soyuz the chief of Russian bureau in Yugoslavia the general - major M.F. was created. Skorodumov has offered to the German occupation authorities to form Russian division and to send it on Eastern front, but has received failure(refusal). Later, in connection with necessity to protect against a contingency emigrant families in conditions of guerilla warfare, deploying in Serbia, the general Skorodumov converted with the proposal on architecture from the emigrants of police squad for scrambling with the guerrillas, to what the gGermans have agreed. However September 12 Skorodumov unexpectedly has pronounced about shaping a Separate Russian body for front and mobilization of all militarians in the age of from 18 till 55 years.

Such initiative has not received approval of German authorities(powers), and on September 14 Skorodumov arrested GeStaPo. Nevertheless at protection of a local military command the body was formed, but is renamed into Russian security group and is slave in administrative and economic attitude(relation) to the principal representative on trade and industry in Serbia SSgruppenfuhrer Neuhasen. The corps commander (security group) assigned the general - лейтенант B.A.Steifon.

The main(basic) contingent of a body (security group) was constituted by(with) the officers, soldiers and Cossacks of Russian army the general - лейтенанта P.N.Wrangel, laden down in 1921-1922. In Yugoslavia and Bulgaria. Approximately 10 percents from total number of the volunteers were constituted by(with) Russian youth, evolved far from Rhodinums. The circular letters about a gang of the volunteers were delivered on Russian military architectures and in other countries in Germanium and Protectorate, Poland, Franciums, Greece, Italy, however figure invoked from these countries was insignificant. Since September, 1943 the body replenished also at the expense of the volunteers from among the Russian population Bukovina, Bessrabia and Odessa of territories annexed in 1941. By Romania. From this contingent which has constituted almost half of all body, it was possible to form two new пoлка. Besides the minor updating(replenishment) has come from prisoner-of-war camps from Eastern front. In total for years of war through Russian body the man has passed more than 17 thousand.

By November, 1941 of 1-st shelves of Russian security group was finally formed and after holding November 19 of review is transferred(translated) from Belgrad in Losnitsa; 2 shelves was formed by January, 1942, and 3-rd basically at the expense of contingent arriving from Bulgaria, by May. April 29, 1942 the shaping 4-th shelf began. Everyone of shelves (squad) incorporated 12 companies (hundreds), integrated in 3 batallions (Druzina). To the extremity of November the security group included about 6 thousand the soldier and officers, including up to 2 thousand the Cossacks, speckled on all shelves, batallions and companies. November 30, 1942 by the special order of the German command Russian security group was included in a structure Wehrmacht with renaming into Russian security body. The body was reorganized according to staffs of the German army: 4-th she