Legion of French Volunteers Against Bolshevism

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The Legion of French Volunteers Against Bolshevism (French: Légion des volontaires français contre le bolchevisme, LVF; German: Französische Freiwilligenlegion gegen den Bolschewismus) was a unit of the German Army during World War II made up of French volunteers.


The Legion was established on July 8, 1941, 15 days after Operation Barbarossa began. The LVF consisted of thousands of French volunteers, recruited by the Parti populaire français to take part in the fighting on the Eastern Front.

The LVF was disbanded in September 1944 (other sources claim on 23 July 1944) and its remaining personnel incorporated into the Waffen SS in the short-lived SS "Charlemagne" Waffen-Grenadier Brigade.

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