HC Deb 24 May 1946 vol 423 cc115-6W
Mr. J. Freeman

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, (r) how many ex-Wehrmacht personnel are employed by the military authorities or by the Military Government in the British zone of Germany; and what is the nature of, and the reason for, their employment;

(2) to what extent the Wehrmacht is now disbanded; what units or formations still exist; and where and how they are employed.

Mr. J. Hynd

The Wehrmacht has been completely disbanded throughout Germany and no units or formations of it now exist. One hundred and ten thousand ex-Wehrmacht personnel; organized in labour gangs, are employed by the British authorities. These men are engaged on general labouring duties, clearance of land mines and sweeping mines at sea. Other suitable labour is not available.