From summer 1941, some 100,000 Russians served in the German Wehrmacht, mostly as so called Schutzmannschaften under the command of the German Police (HAhere SS- und PolizeifA"hrer) in the eastern occupied areas.
The most famous unit was the Brigade Kaminski, established by Bronislav Kaminski in the summer of 1941.
In 1944 it became the Waffen-Sturmbrigade der SS "Rona" later the 29.
Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS "Rona" (russische Nr.1).
A second division was later established from various Schutzmannschafts-Bataillonen and was designated 30.
Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (russische Nr.2).