Wehrmacht units under Allied control after 8 May 1945?

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Wehrmacht units under Allied control after 8 May 1945?

Post by koczownik » 20 Jan 2019 12:52

I have heard before about some German soldiers being retained for a short while to help the Allies with security duties after 8 May 1945, but I know no details, and I would like to know more. Can anyone share some information on this subject?

I am interested, for example, in how many Wehrmacht troops were kept active, whether they all retained their wartime uniforms/ranks/equipment, whether junior officers or just enlisted men were kept around, and whether personnel from different branches (e.g. Luftwaffe, or Heer infantry) were kept on duty? So far, I have only seen mentions of military police and some Kriegsmarine sailors on minesweeping duties.

Here are the only quotes (unfortunately just wikipedia) that I have offhand about this subject:
The German Army was demobilized following the unconditional surrender on 8 May 1945. Confronted with a huge number of German prisoners of war after VE Day, the Western Allies kept Feldjägerkommando III, which was a regimental-sized unit of German military police, active and armed to assist with the control of the POWs under the US Army. Feldjägerkommando III remained armed and under Western Allied control until 23 June 1946, when it was finally deactivated.
source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Ar ... er_the_war
The German sailors initially served in their Second World War uniforms, with the German Eagle and the Swastika removed, and under the same rules and regulations as were valid in the Kriegsmarine. The sailors were paid a moderate wage and had the right to take local leave, unlike other German POWs, but service was not voluntary. Still, the daily, dangerous operations and the resulting high esprit de corps lead to increasing uneasiness about the GMSA, especially in the Soviet Union ... On 25 May 1946, the GMSA was equipped with new blue work uniforms and special rank insignia, worn on the sleeve.
source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Mi ... nistration

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Re: Wehrmacht units under Allied control after 8 May 1945?

Post by Hanny » 21 Jan 2019 09:52

Afaik Germans were pow, and could not be so used. The Allied Armies set up former military units to act as constabulary by July 46, https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a446126.pdf

I remember in Band of Brothers seeing a German MP in a scene when the Div was in German on occupation duty, https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=8Q4 ... ce&f=false it seems Amrose refers to MP being allowed to retain their weapons but no more than that.
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