HC Deb 22 October 1946 vol 427 cc333-4W
99. Mr. Baird

asked the Secretary of State for War how many Polish troops in this country served in the German armed forces and how many in the Todt organisation; and how many of these men afterwards fought for the Allies.

Mr. Bellenger

Some 39,000 of those now in this country served with the German Armed Forces or with the Todt organisation. I cannot give separate figures for the two bodies. Some 18,000 of the men afterwards fought for the Allies. The rest had no opportunity of fighting before the war ended. As previously stated, most if not all of these men were compulsorily conscripted by the Germans, and many took the first opportunity of crossing to our lines, often at considerable risk to themselves.

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