Kaukasisch-Mohammedanische Legion

in WWII this banner was banner of the North Caucasian Legion,which was created on the basis of the Caucasian-Mohammedan Legion (as well as the Mountain-Caucasian and Azerbaijanian Legions)

The Caucasian-Mohammedan Legion (German: Kaukasisch-Mohammedanische Legion) was a volunteer unit of the German Army. The Legion was created on January 13, 1942[1] by order of General Infantria Olbricht. The unit was composed of Muslim Northern Caucasians and Azerbaijanians. In accordance with the decree of February 19, 1942, volunteers from the peoples of the North Caucasus were August 2, 1942 allocated on a national-territorial basis separately to the North Caucasian Legion / Mountain-Caucasian Legion. The initial placement of the Legion was German Wesel city


The swastika of mithological so-called "Horse Parking". According to N. Napso, a similar symbol was depicted on the uniform of the soldiers of the Mountain-Caucasian legion.

In October 1941, one for each of the Turkestan and Caucasian prisoners of war (the operation of the Abwehr "Tiger B") was created for the special purposes of Abwehr and controlled by the Stab Walli (in June of 1941, it consisted of 21 Abwehr commandos, at least 70 Abwehrgroups and many sabotage-intelligence schools) and subordinated to the two officers of the Abwehr, Major Andreas Meier Mader and Theodor Oberländer. Professor Oberleutenant Oberländer was the Head of the Department of Social Sciences department in Königsberg, Greifswald and Prague before the war. Oberleutenant Oberländer was also the political leader of the Nachtigall Battalion.

Caucasian-Mohammedan Legion was created on 13 January 1942 by order of General Olbricht, commander of the reserve army. For this purpose, a German training headquarters was established, headed by Major Andreas Meier Mader. He was assigned the task of replenishing the 7 companies of the respective nationalities created by prisoners of war before that. Suitable prisoners of war were to be checked, released from captivity, and after a short trial period, dressed in German uniform. On the basis of the Mayer-Mader union, it was allowed to form the Caucasian-Mohammedan and Turkestan legions. On the 19 February, the chief of armaments and the commander of the reserve army ordered the Caucasian-Mohammedan and Turkestan legions were separated. On 2 August 1942, the representatives of the Caucasian peoples were consolidated into a separate North Caucasian legion. The Legion consisted of Abkhazians, Circassians, Kabardians, Balkars, Karachais, Chechens, Ingushes, and the peoples of Daghestan. The Kurds, Talyshs and North Ossetians appeared later.

In 1943 the headquarters of the North Caucasian Legion was created in the town of Mirgorod of Poltava region under command of Lt. Col. Ristov. In the summer of 1944, the formation of the North Caucasian and Caucasian SS regiments began on the basis of 70 and 71 police battalions. At the end of the war in Northern Italy, the North Caucasian combat group joined the Caucasian Unity of the SS troops. The commander of the Standard Army of the SS, a former officer of the White Army Kuchuk Ulagay, joined the regiment as a regiment.

In addition to the reinforced 9 field battalions,1 battalion of the Sonderverband "Bergmann" (Special Unit Highlander) of the and one combat group of the Caucasian Waffen-SS unit, the natives of the North Caucasus were part of a separate Sonderkommando Schamil consisting of three groups of forces up to a platoon, three sapper, railway and road-building companies, as well as two serf regiments. According to the researcher Traho R. "The total number of North Caucasian volunteers since the beginning of the war against the USSR and until 1945 amounted to 28-30 thousand people".

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  1. ^ Motadel, David (2014-11-30). Islam and Nazi Germany's War. ISBN 9780674724600.