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They were able to somewhat win over Alfred Rosenberg.
only to be disbanded before seeing combat in July 1944.
Russian volunteers who enlisted into the German Army (Wehrmacht Heer) wore the patch of the Russian Liberation Army, an army which did not yet exist but was presented as a reality by Nazi propaganda.
These volunteers (called Hiwi, an acronym for Hilfswilliger, roughly meaning "volunteers") were not under any Russian command or control; they were exclusively under German command carrying out various noncombat duties.
A 14 September communication from the army states that in the recent period, Hiwi absenteeism had risen strongly.
they decided in September 1942 that the reliability of these units had fallen to levels where they were more a liability than an asset.
On 12 September for example, 2nd Army had to withdraw Sturm-Btl.
AOK 2 in order to deal with what is described as “several mutinies and desertions of Eastern units".
Adolf Hitler allowed the idea of the Russian Liberation Army to circulate in propaganda literature so long as no real formations of the sort were permitted.
As a result, some Red Army soldiers surrendered or defected in hopes of joining an army that did not yet exist.
These latter were generally deployed in a security role in the rear areas of the armies and army groups in the East, where they constituted a major part of the German capacity to counter the activity of Soviet partisan forces, dating as far back as early 1942.
The Germans were, however, always concerned about their reliability, and with the German setbacks in the summer of 1943 this situation took a turn for the worse.
This division was joined in large numbers by eastern workers which caused it to nearly double in size as it headed on its march south.