THE EAST CAME WEST : MUSLIM, HINDU, AND BUDDHIST VOLUNTEERS IN THE GERMAN ARMED FORCES 1941 - 1945.

Munoz, Antonio J. (Ed.).


£55.00




Axis Europa Books, New York, 1st ed., 2001. 332 pp., 1 page of cold., ills., + numerous b&w photo-ills., ills., maps & plans. D.j., 29 x 22cm. FINE. During the Second World War, tens of thousands of West Europeans volunteered for service in the German Army under the banner of anti-Communism. What is incredible is that in the East, where the Nazi racial theorists claimed lived the majority of the so-called "untermensche" (sub-humans), the Nazis were to recruit close to two million of these men as their volunteers. More remarkable is that many of these volunteers called Islam, Hinduism, and even Buddhism as their religious faith. They fought alongside the German soldier, mostly to the bitter end of the war. The reasons why they did so are as varied as they are fascinating. This is the intriguing story of these men and the units in which they served. After six years of extensive source research, the authors have compiled an extensive number of photographs, documents, maps and data, providing the most complete account of the history of these men and their esoteric formations.


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