Kordes wrote:My late father told me, he and some other Germans formed the Georgian Field Btl. I/9 from Soviet POWs in Ukraine. He was at the Caucasian front and retreated crossing the Asow sea. From Krim island, he was sent to Kriegsschule Hannover and lateron Warthelager Posen. As a Lt. he was sent to reiwStammRgt 1 at Castres/South France. After the south invasion, they retreates through the "Black Mountains" (Montagnes noirs) under severe attacks of the Maquis. They had to abandon all material and went by night in small groups to the Rhone valley, which was already occupied by the Allies. The then surrendered and was in French captivity in Algeria until 1947.
At the Freiburg Archives, there is nothing about both unities. I want to know more about them.
Here is what I have:
Georg. Feld-Btl. I./9
Formed 14 September 1942 at Truppen-Übungsplatz Mitte near Radon in central Poland by the Georgische Legion for the German 9. Infanterie-Div., then located in North Caucasia. It was formed from I. Ausbildungs-Btl. of the Georgische Legion, which had come into existence in July 1942. The Bataillon had a Stab and 1. – 5. Kp.
10 Nov 42: assigned to Heeresgruppe A this date with 38 German cadre and 927 Georgians. The Bataillon was recommended for light combat duties only until experience gained.
12 Dec 42: attached to Grenadier-Rgt. 57 (9. Inf.Div.) this date.
1 Mar 43: after 3 and a half months in North Caucasia, ordered to transfer to Crimea.
24 Apr 43: reported to be in transfer to Feodosiya/Crimea with 840 Georgians where it successively came under 153. Feld-Ausbildungs-Div. and then 355. Infanterie-Div. in Crimea.
27 Nov 43: Georg. Feld-Btl. I./9 ordered disbanded as “unreliable” by OKH, with the personnel still deemed reliable to be sent to Truppen-Übungsplatz Wildflecken in Germany to fill up other units. This order was apparently not carried out.
Winter 1943-44: Btl. in South Ukraine attached to 50. Infanterie-Div.
Apr 44: transferred from South Ukraine to France and incorporated into Freiwillige-Stamm-Rgt. 1.
30 Dec 44: its Feldpostnummer was not deleted until this date, which suggests it retained its identity until November or December 1944.
Hptm. Kraus (Jul 42 - 11 Aug 42)
Oblt. Kurt Strack (12 Aug 42 - ? ) 2/43, 4/43
: Tessin, Georg - Verbände und Truppen der Deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS 1939-1945
, III:135; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-78 roll 417/913; T-311 roll 150/993; roll 151/927).
Ordered formed 1 February 1944 (the FpN for the Regimentsstab was entered in the FpÜ on 26 Apr 44) in Castres/southwest France as a Regimentsstab to command Turkestanian, Georgian and North Caucasian replacement troops. Assigned to the Freiwillige Stammdivision.
Mar 44: transferred to Albi/42 km N of Castres.
Apr 44: the Regiment’s first troop components arrived and consisted of Turk. Bataillon I./370, Georg. Feld-Btl. II./4 and Georg. Feld-Btl. I./9 following their transfer to France from South Ukraine.
12 Jun 44: the Regiment’s Turk personnel were ordered reassigned to the Turk. Ausbildungs- und Ersatz-Brigade this date.
Aug – Sep 44: Freiw.Stamm-Rgt. 1 was broken up and largely scattered during the retreat from France and little of it remained by mid-September.
17 Sep 44: the Regiment’s North Caucasian component with 375 men was located just north of Kaiserstuhl near Freiburg on this date.
1945: Regimentsstab headquartered in Grüntal/Bernau near Berlin and continued to exist to the end of the war.
: Tessin – II:27, XIV:270; Kannapin; J.Thorwald - The Illusion: Soviet Soldiers in Hitler’s Armies.
If you discover more detailed information about these two Verbände, please let me know. Detailed information is hard to find for many of these Legion- and Ost- units.