Forced To Fight For 3 Different Countries

He was a Korean man captured by the Japanese army and forced to fight against the Soviets, again captured by the Soviet army and again forced to fight against Germany.

He was later captured by the German army and forced to serve in Germany to defend the Normandy, until he was captured by the American army.

This is the true story of Yang Kyoungjong, the only known army fighting for three different countries. Little is known about YangKyoungjong's life before he became involved in World War II.

He was a Korean and lived in Manchuria, the area that was then occupied by the Japanese. Here he could not refuse to serve in the army in 1938 and was forced to join the Kwantung army at the age of 18.


During the Khalkhin Gol battle, he was captured by the Soviet Red Army and sent to a forced labor camp. Due to the Soviet shortage of manpower in the struggle against Nazi Germany, in 1942 he was forced into the Red Army along with thousands of other prisoners of war.

He fought for the Soviets for a year. During that time, he fought various battles along the Eastern Front, especially during Kharkov's third battle. In this last battle he was again captured and taken prisoner to another country's war.


The Germans did not care how a Korean could fight for the Soviets in Ukraine. They still held him captive along with hundreds of other soldiers. Although the history of Yang Kyoungjong seems to end here, Nazi Germany did not condemn him to death.

The Kyoungjong were then absorbed into the German Army known as the Wermacht. He was later compelled to fight in the German Ostbataillone (East Battalion), Wermacht 709 Infantry Division.

Ostbataillone was a small battalion of 'volunteers' from various parts of Europe controlled by Nazi Germany. The battalion was merged into a larger German military unit to serve as a support unit provided to assist more experienced soldiers.

He was then sent to help the Germans defend the Cotentin peninsula in France before the mass invasion or called D-Day off the coast of Normandy by the Allies.


As D-Day and the Allies gained control of the Normandy coast, he was among the few soldiers captured by the 506th Parachute Infantry Regimen. Lieutenant Robert Brewer of division 506 reports that he has arrested "four Asians in German uniforms".

Lieutenant Robert Brewer mistakenly reported that he thought the four arrested (including Yang Kyoungjong) were Japanese, while the other three men were originally from Turkestan, while Yang Kyoungjong was from Korea.

Because they could not communicate with Yang Kyoungjong because he did not speak English or German well, Yang Kyoungjong was then taken to a British captive camp where he was eventually rescued until the end of the war.

When World War II ended, he chose not to return to Korea because he wanted to stay in the US. He lived in Illinois until his death in 1992.

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