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         The bitter irony of the Ukrainian predicament in WWII is revealed in the facts. Ukrainians fought on both sides of the conflict between Germany and the USSR;  often, members of the  same family found themselves on  opposite sides of the battlefield. Ukrainians were the second largest ethnic group of the Red Army during the years of WWII, between 4 and 5 million, while on the German side the number was around 250 thousand. Ukrainians also fought their countrymen in the struggle between the Ukrainian Insurgent Army and Soviet forces.

         In addition let us consider the French Resistance forces. The French military has a long history of using other countries peoples fighting for its interests. This toll usually fell onto French colonies, but several times  other European nations had an opportunity to stand and give lives for the sake of  the  Lhexagone.  In 1944,  at  least  four  separate  groups  of Ukrainians  were  fighting  on the side of French Resistance forces: a group under command of V.Poryk in the area of Pas de Calais, a unit under J.Krukovskyi in Château-Chinon, near Tours. And two battalions in the Franche-Comte region.  Over 820 men  under the command of I.Hloba in  Haute-Saone  department  and 460 men  under A.Negrebetzki in the department of Doubs.

      This page  is intended  for the  research and re-enactment  of the Ukrainians of the Western front, particularly the Ukrainian Battalions of the Franche-Comte region. These battalions were initially German police units that later defected to French Reistance, unofficially became a part of in  the final  stages  of  Allied  operation  Dragoon and ended  up  in  French  Foreign  Legion. 
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