The Russians in German service were known as Hilfswilliage (Hiwis) ie, helpers and were essentially volunteers. Some are found as casualties in German military cemeteries with "Hiwi" inscription on their tombstones.In Germany they manned FlaK batteries for preferential treatment.On the Eastern Front these Hiwis retreated with the Germans when the Russian offenses drove west and when capture had to answer for their betrayal of Russia. They also were used as troops to complement German occupation troops in France but soon deserted in front of the Allied advance into Eastern France and soon anticipated the end when Maquis units /SAS units gained the upper hand against local occupation forces.On the other hand some deserted the Germans and fought with Maquis units.Evidence of those who died lie in cemeteries such as the one in the French National Cemetery at Sainte Anne d'Auray in the Morbihan with the usual epitaph...."Mort pour la Patrie" .....notice not France but Russia. A figure of 100000 Hiwis in German service was referenced to by SS Oberstgruppenfuehrer Karl Wolff post war.Wolf was Himmler's liaison officer to Hitler until 1943.....then went on to be the governor of North Italy and plenipotentiary to Mussolini. Apparently Hitler was not in favour of the recruitment thinking that Hiwis would be allowed to climb higher in the organisation....however manpower shortage was the key factor and Hitler raised no objection when Himmler created SS Waffen divisions,with lower qualifying entry standards of volunteers raised in the occupied territories from 1943.