Russian Defence Corps
Incorporated into the Wehrmacht, Independent Russian Corps was formed on September 12th, 1941 form Russian Imperial Army veterans. On October 2nd it was renamed Russian Defence Corps (Russisches Schutzkorps) - max strength 3000. From September 15th it come under the command of Lieutenant-General Boris Alexandrovich Shteyfon. It had three regiments and a total strength of 4,000. From November 18th 1941 to November 30th 1942 it was named Russian Defense Group. Many of the personnel were incapable of extended field service, and the Germans generally restricted them to such security duties as the protection of the vital Belgrade-Nish railroad line and factory guards. Corps was reinforced by younger émigrés and former Soviet POW. It had grown to one Cavalry regiment, 1st Cossack Regiment "General Zborovskogo" and four infantry regiments. In September 1944 it had grown to 11,197 man and was used in Belgrade defence. Later it was transferred to Bosnia for anti-partisan duties. On October 10th it was renamed Russian Corps in Serbia (Russky Korpus v Serbii) and on December 31st only Russian Corps now based in Croatia. On April 30th, 1945, Colonel Anatoliy Ivanovich Rogozhin assumed command. In May, Corps surrendered to the British, who allowed the pre-Soviet era émigrés to settle in the West.
Russisches Schutzkorps Serbien on 15 August 1944
Brigade Staff Brigade Staff 2 Half Field Hospitals Supply Column Light Supply Column Signals Platoon Veterinary Company 1st Schutz Regiment Regimental Staff Signals Platoon Pioneer Platoon 3 LMG's Mounted Infantry Platoon 1 Czech LMG Support Platoon 1 Czech LMG & 3-37mm Czech Guns Support Platoon 2 Czech LMG's & 2-75mm leIG Regimental Band 1st Battalion 1st Company 12 Czech LMG's 2nd Company 12 Czech LMG's 3rd Company 12 Czech LMG's Machine-Gun Company 4 Czech HMG's & 4-120mm Mortars 2nd Battalion - see 1st Battalion 3rd Battalion - see 1st Battalion 2nd Schutz Regiment see 1st Schutz Regiment 3rd Schutz Regiment see 1st Schutz Regiment 4th Schutz Regiment see 1st Schutz Regiment 5th Schutz Regiment see 1st Schutz Regiment
Russian Corps in Serbia on 10th October 1944
1st Schutz Regiment Regimental Staff Signals Platoon Pioneer Platoon Mounted Infantry Platoon Regimental Band 1st Battalion 1st Company 12 Czech LMG's 2nd Company 12 Czech LMG's 3rd Company 12 Czech LMG's Machine-Gun Company 4 Czech HMG's & 4-120mm Mortars Anti-Tank Platoon 3-37mm & 1 LMG Anti-Tank Platoon 2-75mm & 2 LMG's 2nd Battalion - see 1st Battalion 3rd Battalion - see 1st Battalion 2nd Schutz Regiment see 1st Schutz Regiment 3rd Schutz Regiment see 1st Schutz Regiment Ersatz Company Wach Company Supply Company Light Supply Column (tmot) Half Field Hospital
OOB's from Allen Milcic
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