Between 7 October and 1 November 1942, the NKVD mobilized a total of 566 Russian-Germans in Turkmenistan into labor columns. Only 169 of these labor army conscripts were men and the remaining 397 were women. The NKVD then transferred these mobilized men and women by rail to work in other regions of the USSR outside of Turkmenistan.
Source: N.F. Bugai, ed. _"Mobilizovat' nemtsev v rabochie kolonny...I. Stalin:" Sbornik dokumentov (1940-e gody)_ (Moscow: Gotika, 1998), doc. 216, p. 288 and doc. 217, pp. 288-289.