The Azerbajdzansche Legion (Azerbaijani Legion) was formed in December 1941 as the Kaukasischer-Mohammedanische Legion and was redesignated in 1942. It was made up mainly of Azerbaijani volunteers but also volunteers from other peoples in the area.
It was used to form 162. (Turkistan) Infanterie-Division in 1943.

Notable members

Nikolaus Graf von Üxküll-Gyllenband (Active in the resistance against Hitler and executed after the failure of the July 20 Plot)

Insignia

A sleeve badge in the Azerbaidjani colors blue/red/green and the text "Aserbaidschan" was approved in 1942. A second design was approved in September 1943, this had a Muslim star and crescent in the center.

Sleeve badge of the first design
sleeve-foreign-az
Photo © The Ruptured Duck

The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Amin al Husseini visiting Islamic volunteers, note the Azerbaidjani shield

azerbaidjani-husseini
(Courtesy of Bundesarchiv/Wikimedia, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Germany)

Sources used

David Littlejohn - Foreign Legions of the Third Reich, vol 4

Reference material on this unit

- None known at this time -

Do you have any corrections or additions to the material presented on the site?
Please help us improve the site by sending them to us.