Russian-German men living east of the Urals before 1941 became subject to service in the labor army as a result of GKO Order No. 1281 ss of 14 February 1942. The Russian-German men inducted into the labor army due to this decree living in Kyrgyzstan and other Central Asian republics of the USSR as well as the Bashkir ASSR and Cheliabinsk Oblast found themselves building the South-Ural Railroad. The NKVD moved these forced labor conscripts to Cheliabinsk Station where they began construction. From February through April 1942, the Stalin regime mobilized nearly 40,900 Russian-German men living in the Urals, Central Asia, Siberia, the Soviet Far East and other regions into labor army detachments for railway construction and other physically demanding work.
A.A. German, "Mobilizovannye sovetskie nemtsy v lageriakh NKVD i na khoziaistvennykh ob'ektakh drugikh narkomatov v gody Velikoi Otechestvennoi Voiny," in Stranitsy Velikoi Otechestvennoi Voiny (k-60-letiu pobedy): Doklady Akademii Nauk, No. 3, 2008 (15), pp. 171-172.