Video WW2 Japan's White Soldiers


MI.Net Member
Feb 20, 2020
The armed forces of many nations have, at one time or another, used foreign volunteers who are motivated by political, ideological or other considerations to join a foreign army. These may be formed into units of a given nationality or may be formed into mixed nationality foreign units. The practice has a long history, dating back at least as far as the Roman Empire.
This is a story of remnants of White Russian army in the WW2 Imperial Japanese Army.
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Russian and Japanese officers take group photo together.


Russian soldiers in Japanese uniforms.
In 1938, Major Asano Makoto created the "Asano Brigade" from ex White Russian army soldiers, which received type 98 Japanese Infantry Uniform and weaponry (Arisaka rifle type 38, the Steyr-Solothurn S1-100 Submachine Gun, the Type 32 Cavalry Sabre, and the Type 14 Nambu Pistol). The main function of this Brigade was reconnaissance and sabotage.
The Asano Brigade numbered between 800-3500 men during its existence. These men were deployed during the Battle of Lake Khasan (fought between July and August 1938 along the Manchuria-Korea border) and the Battle of Khalkhin Gol (fought between May and September 1939, along the Manchurian-Mongolian border).
From 1941 – the Asano Brigade was used to infiltrate and sabotage the Soviet rear in preparation for an expected Japanese invasion of the USSR from the East.
By December 1943 the Asano Brigade was renamed the "Russian Military Detachment" of the Manchurian Imperial Army . In some narratives it is asserted that the Asano Brigade was destroyed by the Soviet Red Army invasion of Manchuria in August 1945 with prisoners taken being executed.

Asano Brigade, 1944

Asano Brigade Soldiers on Leave – Manchuria (1944)

Commanders and fighters of the Asano detachment during the 1st Amur campaign, Chigodyan market town. In the first row, they sit from left to right: the first is Vakhmister G.V. Efimov, the second is Cornet V.N. Mustafin, the fourth is Captain Ijima, the commander of the marching detachment, the fifth is Captain Wada, the military doctor, and the sixth is the cornet V.V. Tyrsin. Spring 1942 (Photo from GAAOOS collections)


Certificate of completion of military service in the Hailar RVO. (From the collections of GAAOOS)


The military team Asano. Pos. Shanchai, early 1943 (Photo from the collections of GAAOOS)

That is amazing and bizarre, I always thought that the Imperial Japanese viewed us Slavs the same way the 3rd Reich viewed Jews.

Didn’t know they had units of Ethic Russians.
japan are imperialist not Na zi in ww2 , allied with german is just benefit not ideology , japan actualy save quite a lot of jew in Europe , there are documentary about it by jew save by Japanese , Asian don't have problem with jew like European and American + most Asian don't have race issue vs westerner , mostly it Asian view bad forward other Asian

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