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Old 11-16-2010, 09:38 AM
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If you enjoy obscure history facts, the following stories may be of interest. There was something called the Georgian Uprising on the Netherlands island of Texel that continued through much of May 1945. This involved troops from the Soviet republic of Georgia captured on the eastern front who were formed into German auxiliary units. As the war neared its end, the Georgians worried that they would be viewed as traitors. They turned on the Germans and a bloody conflict ensued. When Canadian forces arrived, they were so impressed with the Georgian's resistance that they didn't disarm them. After repatriation, most of the Georgians were sent to gulags and many didn't survive. A general release was given in the mid 1950s. More information follows:

Georgian auxiliary battalion valiantly fought loosing battle » The Windmill news articles » goDutch

We've heard much about the Japanese holdouts in the Pacific Theater, but the surrender of a nearly forgotten unit of German soldiers at a weather station on the Svalbard (Spitsbergen) archipelago wasn't accomplished until September 1945. More on the following link:

Operation Haudegen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 11-18-2010, 01:40 PM
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The Georgians knew full well what they were doing when they joined the Eastern Peoples forces of the Reich and joined under the presumption/hope that Germany would win the war. They knew they would be killed or imprisoned if turned over to the Russians. My guess is they revolted in order to surrender to the western allies and hoped that they would be sent anywhere but back to Russia. I was in the army with a guy whose dad was in the Russian army in WWII. His dad was captured at Stalingrad and somehow ended up in the hands of the western allies and then made it to the US. His dad never returned to Russia because he knew that he would be executed or imprisoned for being a traitor because he was captured.
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Old 11-19-2010, 03:01 PM
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I think your assumption is correct. The Georgians certainly knew what awaited them on their return to Russia. The Yalta agreement to repatriate all Russian prisoners of war and deserters was tragic. It was called the 'betrayal of the Cossacks.' General Vlasov's army of well over a million men was repatriated and it's assumed most were sent to the gulags. Your friend's father was smart and very lucky to have escaped that fate.
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:42 PM
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I remember seeing a "Twentieth Century with Walter Cronkite" when I was a kid. It talked about the Russians who fought for the Germans. Many of them hanged themselves or dived under passing trains rather than being returned to the fate which they knew awaited them.
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