As a fed Russian traitors in the Vlasov army

History 05/01/20 As fed Russian traitors in the army of Vlasov

Falling into German captivity, almost every soldier saw or heard of propagandists among the Russian, summoning the prisoners to move to the side of the Germans, to fight “against Stalin”, and for it to full life, the new clothing and the ability not to be subjected to bullying and brutality of the camp guards. Many it was tempting, so I was often in captivity, and let the price was for the German rations – treason.

overall, the promises on the part of the supply, the Germans held back. Russian, willing to go to them for service, and relied normal food, and new uniforms, mostly German, but not necessarily. So, Leonid Samoutine (“I was Vlasov”, Moscow, 2013) in his memoirs writes about how he ceased to be prisoners of war and was among the Russian collaborators: “In the afternoon of may 1, 1942, a hundred prisoners had been withdrawn behind the gates of the camp “Oflag-68″, supplied to a warehouse and there disguised in new Czech uniform.”

Got all his collaborators (and “Jivi”, and policemen, and Vlasov) and a good ration. Former prisoner of war, A. L. Kuznetsov, soldier of the 101st tank division, on the interrogation by the NKVD after his escape from captivity in 1943, showed that rations for the Russian officials in this part was as follows: 28 German marks per month, 150 grams of butter, 100 grams sugar, 200 grams salt, bread (6 loaves), tea, flour and 4.6 kg, two cups of buckwheat and other case products. Another former prisoner, V. P. Prokhorov, the corporal 282 th infantry regiment, in 1946, told the interior Ministry that worked in the 14th SS Panzer division and was there a ration of a German soldier, 58 German marks per month, wore German uniforms and were considered the Germans of his soldiers.

On German rations for Russian collaborators in the police and ROA, little is known. It is known that, as a rule, they are, as V. Prokhorov, issued rations of the German soldier the same wages and uniforms. In fact, everything was situational – that is, in different parts and at different periods of the war in different ways. For example, as pointed out by researcher D. Lake (“portrait of a collaborator of the earth Kaluga”), the Vlasov soldiers on the Eastern front were provided daily with three meals a day in daily ration was included soups, cereals, potatoes, 700 grams. Of bread, 30 gr. butter. Relied canned (same as in the German “iron portion” — fish or meat), sugar, tobacco, freeze-dried pea soups and other foods. From time to time the soldiers were able to drink by buying alcohol for issued Reichsmarks salary. Specially issued before the battle, a hundred grams of the Vlasov was not. They received 20 to 58 marks per month, on average – to 38. The officers of the POA received a full German officer’s rations (which periodically included and wine).

In combat, a soldier’s daily ration of a German (and therefore the ordinary Vlasov) consisted of three meals a meager Breakfast, a hearty lunch and a quite light dinner. In rations was bread (600-700 grams), meat or fish (200 grams), fruit and vegetables, potatoes, herbs, butter, sausage, coffee (9 grams) or tea, 6 of cigarettes and other products – solid norms, what was not, was only General recommendations and rations of meat, bread, fats and tobacco, in which was varied the food. In fights mostly ate canned (in contrast to the Soviet army, where a field kitchen was working always near the front).

the Germans are hot on the frontline is rarely the case, so that the gastritis has become a common disease. But if food were brought, and gave the soups, potatoes with meat or fat. Often some of the conventional products are not enough, then instead gave something else – cookies, for example, or a can of sardines. In the rear fed worse. So in terms of caloric intake the Germans the red army was losing.

For example, the German soldier was supposed to 600-700 grams of bread, and the soldier RCSA 800 grams and the best in quality, freshly cooked near the front. It was also more vegetables and cereals (500 grams of potatoes and 320 grams of other vegetables, 170 g cereals or pasta). To this was added, and the famous 100 grams (and in hospitals wine and liquors, which was not the Germans and Vlasov), and other additional products (sweets, parcels from home, if we had supplements from quartermasters). As you know, the better the soldier eats, the better he was ready for battle. In relation to food, as in everything else, the advantage was for the Soviet Union, and it also has the victory.

Konstantin Dmitriev

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