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sid guttridge wrote:Hi HvM,
Sudetenland Czechs were conscripted by the German Army wehrkreise that were extended into them in October 1938: (from memory, WKVIII, WKIV, WKVII and WKXVII.) They have nothing to do with W-SS recruitment in the Protectorate.
hi,Helmut Von Moltke wrote:hi, was the 31.SS Freiwilge Division made of Czechs or what?
Yes, 31st Division Batschka had personnel mostly from Slovakia and Hungary. I don't know why post-war historians confuse this unit with the Division Bohmen-Mahren, which doesn't have a number.hardi wrote:hi,Helmut Von Moltke wrote:hi, was the 31.SS Freiwilge Division made of Czechs or what?
unfortunately that is absolutely false, see Pencz, Rudolf: For the Homeland! The History of the 31st Waffen-SS Volunteer Grenadier Division
Solihull, UK: Helion & Company, 2002
75% of the enl. men were volksdeutsche from Bácska (~ Komitat Batschka, Hungary).
The Div. raised at 44. oct. 1. and had nothing to do with the former Czechoslovakia.
It seems the mistakenly given name ("Böhmen und Mähren") lead us to an other mistake again :)
"Until 1918 the whole region was part of the Habsburg Hungary, after that the southern part became part of Servia/Yugoslavia whilst the northern part remained Hungarian".Bis 1918 gehörte die gesamte Region zum habsburgischen Ungarn, danach kam der südliche Teil zu Serbien bzw. Jugoslawien, der nördliche Teil verblieb bei Ungarn.