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ww2admin
11-21-2006, 04:49 PM
I can't remember if this one was posted in here yet, but check this out!

Panzerknacker
11-21-2006, 08:44 PM
I found more often pictures of the the arabian soldiers than this japanese like.

Gen. Sandworm
11-22-2006, 05:23 AM
........... than this japanese like.

Hard to say where exactly these guys are from. More likely chinese, korean and other area's. I doubt that Japan lent to many soliders to Germany and vice versa. I would like to see any info on this. Interesting picture thou.

George Eller
11-22-2006, 04:01 PM
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I seem to remember a similar thread here before (last year?)

At any rate, I have seen the picture before and according to the caption they were part of a Japanese military mission studying the Atlantic Wall fortifications when they were caught up in the Normandy invasion.

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VonWeyer
11-23-2006, 06:05 AM
Look at these....

Gen. Sandworm
11-23-2006, 10:59 AM
While the second person is dressed like any other German solider the Asian person in the front has a distinctive bagde on his right arm. This would be nice to identify that patch.

Helmut Von Moltke
11-25-2006, 02:44 AM
The 3 pictures are generally well known. Thanks for the first one though, originally it did not show the captured Asian Wehrmacht volutneers in such detail, along with the 2 guards. Note that some of them do not have the M36, M40 and M43 uniforms on, possibly making the prisoners who are not wearing uniform non-combatant hiwis.

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FW-190 Pilot
11-25-2006, 03:32 AM
Look at these....

i think i saw those pictures before too, more likely its pictures from the nationalists before ww2. Germany and china has deals that would equipped chinese nationalists army with german equipment, those german equipped chinese soldiers were one of the first defence force against the japanese invasion.

ww2admin
11-27-2006, 09:31 AM
The first picture posted is definitely from the Normandy invasion because I'm going through a stack of them. However, the captions don't say much.

ww2admin
11-27-2006, 09:36 AM
Update:
Here's the caption for the first photo: "US Navy : débarquement américain en Normandie : Deux américains de chaque coté d'un groupe de prisonniers Wehrmacht, d'origine centrale asiatique et passés de l'uniforme soviétique à l'uniforme allemands."

Anyone know what it says?

Gen. Sandworm
11-27-2006, 10:13 AM
US Navy: American unloading in Normandy: Two American of each with dimensions of a group of Wehrmacht prisoners, central origin Asian and last of the Soviet uniform to the uniform German.

As translated from google. Think they just mean that they were Asians fighting for the Red Army and drafted into the Wehrmacht.

VonWeyer
11-27-2006, 04:46 PM
The first picture i posted of the two sitting down is not from the Normandy invasion, just a general picture taken from the war.
The second picture , i am convinced, is from the dday landings at Normandy.
Please correct if i am wrong.

Regards

VonWeyer

P.S.
Really enjoying the site. Well done guys.

alephh
11-27-2006, 06:37 PM
Well, considering how many russian/eastern battalions wehrmacht had in the Normandy, one could say that the D-Day was all about american/uk allied forces fighting "russian" allied forces ;-D

VonWeyer
01-07-2007, 12:02 PM
Another one.....

These look like Indian troops.

Sturmfuhrer
01-15-2007, 06:11 AM
I suppose it may be simple. It is neither chineese nor korean. It is just just some national based units formed from soviet prisoners of war or volanteers from soviet central-asian republics. Something like Kazachstan or Turkmeniya. Typical faces for that regions. I can see such on the market every day.:D

Sturmfuhrer
03-19-2007, 04:00 AM
While the second person is dressed like any other German solider the Asian person in the front has a distinctive bagde on his right arm. This would be nice to identify that patch.

This is Japan specialist. On the patch Japan flag - sun with rays.

patrick
03-31-2007, 07:08 PM
Another one.....

These look like Indian troops.

Yes, its soldiers from the Infanterie-Regiment 950 (indische) (or Legion Freies India) being inspected by non other than Rommel somewhere in nothern France.

The soldiers are most certainly not japanese, but former russian POW:s or volonteers from the southern part of Soviet Union. Due to Hitlers misstrust in the russian (and other formations made up of volunteer from the Soviet Union), he transfered units from the Eastern Front to the Western Front. The German army also equipped POW or HIWI that was posted in the West, with weapons in anticipation of the Allied landing in France 1944.
Most of these soldiers had volunteered to fight Soviet forces, not the Western Allies and their combat value was rather poor.

After the war most of these was handed over to the Soviet Union, and most faced either long sentences in Gulag or was shot as they arrived "home".

Travis
04-04-2007, 11:03 PM
Ive seen numerous photographs of captured German soldiers from d-day and they had the faces of Asian troops. I believe that a lot of the troops that were at Normandy were Recruits from other countries resulting in Asian troops in Normandy

Rocketeer
04-08-2007, 09:50 PM
At any rate, I have seen the picture before and according to the caption they were part of a Japanese military mission studying the Atlantic Wall fortifications when they were caught up in the Normandy invasion.


Wow thats extreamly interesting, They were studying the wall to see how to bluid they're own, or to make that one better?

Anyone know?

George Eller
04-08-2007, 10:46 PM
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I seem to remember a similar thread here before (last year?)

At any rate, I have seen the picture before and according to the caption they were part of a Japanese military mission studying the Atlantic Wall fortifications when they were caught up in the Normandy invasion.

-Wow thats extreamly interesting, They were studying the wall to see how to bluid they're own, or to make that one better?

Anyone know?

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The one I saw was posted on these forums on 15 Feb 2006
by savoy6 and quoted below:

http://www.ww2incolor.com/forum/showpost.php?p=81039&postcount=12


found this one in the Ceris normandy signal corps photos...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/airsoftshooter35/airsoft%20stuff/p012606.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/airsoftshooter35/airsoft%20stuff/p012606.jpg

after doing some research if found out that they were part of a detachment of japanese officers and enlisted men that were at normandy doing in depth research on the beach defences that the germans were building to get ideas for the defence of the home islands..guess their info didn't get back home....lol...some of the officers..

http://www.geocities.com/alvinlee_81/Asiatic5.jpg
http://www.geocities.com/alvinlee_81/Asiatic6.jpg

Part of a thread started 13 Feb 2006
http://www.ww2incolor.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3303&highlight=japanese+normandy

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Standartenfuhrer
06-09-2007, 04:55 AM
Another one.....

These look like Indian troops.

The Wehrmacht had units of Indian volunteers to defend the Normandy beaches in 1944, however they were mainly in the role of pioneer battalions and the figure you see inspecting them is none other than Erwin Rommel.

Splinter54
06-28-2007, 05:48 AM
Well he knew how to get his *** out of the shit:

http://website.lineone.net/~thevolunteers/Asiatic21.jpg


If my memory is correct,this guy is not a japanese ,he is a korean. originally he was conscripted into the Japanese Army as a korean volunteer.then was captured by soviet in the Far East Soviet and Japanese forces clashed at 1939,afterward he were given a chance to join the Soviets or pressed into Service.When the Germans invaded the Soviet Union ,he was captured once again,he joined Heer and was assigned to defending the Normandy Beaches,finally surrendering to the Allied forces at normandy beaches at 1944..


That particular photo is quite famous.

Various ethnicity has been attributed to the soldier in question (generally Japanese), but he was identified by a Korean publication called "Weekly Korea", which ran a story about him on the 6th december 2002.

The soldier in the photograph has a story that is stranger than fiction. He served in multiple uniforms, in multiple Armies,on multiple fronts.

His name is/was Kyoungjong Yang.
He was born in Shin Euijoo, which is found in Northwestern Korea on the 3rd of March 1920.
He was conscripted to the Japanese Kwantung army in 1938-Korea having been annexed by Japan in 1910-this Army was crushed by the Soviets in the years 1938-39 and he was captured by the Soviets in Nomonhan.

Serving now in Soviet uniform he was captured yet again, this time by the Germans in the Ukraine in the summer of 1943.

This turn of fate brought a new uniform and destination.

Europe, and in particular Normandy.Here he was captured for the last time(!) by American troops in the area of Utah beach, on the 6th June 1944.

From the beaches of Normandy he was sent across the channel to the UK to a POW camp.
Upon his release he elected to start his life again in the US settling in the state of Illinois where he lived until his death in December 2002.

diverdoc
11-17-2007, 05:38 PM
wouldnt be surprising if they were russians from the far east. there was so much "army jumping" going on back then. In high school i had a part time job at a wharehouse, and the guy who everyone said "watch out for" was a guy from soviet georgia. he had been captured over and over again, fighting for the russians 2 times, and the germans 2 times, then was supposedly captured by the US, and volunteered to fight for the US, but they just stuck him in a POW camp. he got out of going home when the war ended, as he would surely have been shot. he was the sneekiest snitch i ever worked with!!!

PA.Dutchman
01-28-2008, 12:41 AM
Perhaps they were students in Germany before the war and after Peal Harbor they were in it.

Being in Germany and having a Defense Treaty with Germany and not being able to get home the next best thing is fighting with Germany against your common enemy

Y Ddraig Goch
03-22-2008, 11:01 AM
I believe the were Mongolian herdsman who were pressganged into the Red Army who were in turn captured by the Germans and pressganged into the Wehrmacht.

bangalore_andy
05-21-2008, 05:00 AM
in the past I Have been heard about the Indonesian citizen become a SS officer does any body who knows about this, or maybe someone could help me about this.

aly j
09-19-2008, 06:38 AM
I can't remember if this one was posted in here yet, but check this out!

if they where in the german army,wouldet
they have smarter unifroms,instead of that crap

flamethrowerguy
09-19-2008, 06:50 AM
if they where in the german army,wouldet
they have smarter unifroms,instead of that crap

Aly, these are common german 1944 lo-quality uniforms (maybe the chest eagle is missing on some), regular german troops weren't dressed any better by then.

aly j
09-19-2008, 06:57 AM
Aly, these are common german 1944 lo-quality uniforms (maybe the chest eagle is missing on some), regular german troops weren't dressed any better by then.

pretty of puttin........i can c they r very low quality unifroms

bangalore_andy
11-05-2008, 04:06 AM
i have been heard that in the WW II there a man from Indonesia (formerly) Netherlands Dutch Indies who had been a officer in German (Nazi) Army ?, does any body can explains about this (sorry about my terrible English) ,

Staz Johnson
11-05-2008, 06:37 PM
More troops from the 'Indian Legion'.. Sikhs by the look of them, manning an MG34 nest on the atlantic wall.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c267/StazJohnson/seike-mg34.jpg