Hungarian tanks in Russia, 1945. Hungary served as a trustworthy allied nation for Germany during WW2 on Eastern Front.
Frustratingly, the TV show never explained what happened to Italy. We're just given a map that shows Italy as being either part of or under the influence of the Reich.It seems weird for me, did the Amazon TV show exploit this? in the book, italian empire was still active.
Minor nitpick: Estonia's population is mostly Finnic. Back in the 1940s, even Narva was barely one third Russian, and in cities like Tallinn/Reval, Tartu/Dorpat, and Parnu, Russians were virtually absent.After the invasion of Poland, Heinrich Himmler sought to expand the ranks of the Waffen SS with foreign military volunteers. In January 1941, the 5th Panzer SS Division Wiking was officially named, made up of Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, Estonian and Flemish soldiers. Under the command of Felix Steiner, SS Division Wiking took part in Army Group South's invasion of the Ukraine during Operation Barbarossa.
In June 1941, the Finnish Volunteer Battalion would be created, becoming the division's third battalion. The SS Wiking Division would play a integral part in the seizure of the Caucasus oilfields in 1942, allowing the rest of the German Army to sweep down into the Middle East and meet up with the Afrika Korps.
Their primary motivation for joining was to take part in the Reich's 'crusade against Bolshevism'. However, when the war ended, the Germans would turn on their volunteers. For the Danes and Dutch, their countries were to be annexed into the Reich. For the Swedes, their government was eventually forced to concede large swathes of it's iron ore deposits to the Reich, with a 'peacekeeping force' kept in the country to make sure the shipments went unmolested. For the Flemish soldiers, who had previously joined the fascist Rexist Party, Flanders would be annexed into the Reich and it's Dutch-inspired culture gradually suppressed in favour of National Socialism. The Finns were able to hold out the longest. Carl Gustaf von Mannerheim was able to ward off German occupation of his country until the 27th of January 1951, when he died. After his passing, Finland was treated like any other tributary state and German forces invaded to maintain the corridor of ore from Sweden.
But Estonia got it the worst. As part of Generalplan Ost, Estonia was brutally depopulated and it's Slavic population either starved to death as part of Nazi hunger polciies or were pushed further east to make way for German settlers.
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Finnish members of the SS Wiking Division
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Norwegian members somewhere in Russia
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Leon Degrelle, former leader of the Rexist Party in Belgium and SS-Standartenfuhrer
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Danish volunteers parading in Berlin, 1941.
While this is true, it is also true that the Nazis did plan to practically eradicate the Estonians as a population group, by Germanizing a part of it and destroying the rest in some fashion (likely through slave labour, etc). For Nazi victory scenarios that include an independent Greater Finland, I often suggest a stock solution for the Finns to rescue at least a part of the Estonian people (say, something like a million or so, or more) from oblivion by offering to take them off the Nazis' hands, and then resettling them en masse to their newly-annexed Eastern Karelian territories, hereby creating an "Estonian homeland" of sorts somewhere along the Onega or the White Sea. While there would be humanitarian-cultural reasons for the Finns to do this, it would also make sense from a cynical economic POV: after the expulsion of the Russian population of Eastern Karelia, Greater Finland would be sorely in need of people to settle in its far-flung territories as farmers and workers...Minor nitpick: Estonia's population is mostly Finnic. Back in the 1940s, even Narva was barely one third Russian, and in cities like Tallinn/Reval, Tartu/Dorpat, and Parnu, Russians were virtually absent.