The Bosnian Muslim Nazi SS Division Handzar, above in , was of the existence of a “Handzar Divizija” in the Bosnian Muslim Army. The original Bosnian Muslim Nazi SS Handzar Division, shown above in Army known as the “Handzar Divizija”, i.e., the Handzar Division. At the trial, Gusic testified as follows: “This is an order whereby the following units , the Handzar Divizija, the Silver Fox Unit, become part of the special purposes.

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Flank security was to be provided by the reconnaissance battalion in the Srebrnik area. Belgrade Podgorica Zadar Zagreb. Hitler’s Elite Guard at War, — Zvornik and Tuzla had fallen by mid-September. Most of the remaining Bosnian Muslims left at this point and attempted to return to Bosnia. The following day Kampfgruppe Hanke was driven out of its positions, when the remaining troops withdrew.

Both the Wehrmacht and hwndzar Waffen -SS were concerned about the rapidly deteriorating security situation in the NDH that tied down German military personnel needed elsewhere. nandzar

The division had by now been vivizija almost continuously throughout the summer. Over the same week, the Allies conducted Operation Ratweek throughout the Balkans, which involved Allied air power pounding Axis troop concentrations and key infrastructure in order to impede the German withdrawal from Greece. The division was not re-united until January Soon after Hampel’s assumption of command, he became aware that local Chetniks were scavenging the Operation Vollmond handazr for divisional equipment.

The regiment also seized a huge amount of medical supplies from aid stations in the area of Donja Trnova.

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He further states it was the largest of the Muslim SS divisions with 26, men. By 25 November the rest of the division was on its way from the Zagreb area.

War and Revolution in Yugoslavia, — Despite the support of al-Husayni, divkzija of Muslims for the division fell well short of the numbers needed. Daj mi ruku ti, draga Ivana, Give me your hand, dear Ivana, oj s Bogom sad, oj s Bogom sad, oj s Bogom sad Follow God now, Follow God now, Follow God now habdzar branit, idem branit, idem branit mili, I shall defend, I shall defend, I shall defend my beloved rodni kraj, rodni kraj.


Contact was immediately made with Partisan forces, who quickly withdrew into the forests. A “proven leader of men”, he spoke no Serbo-Croatian but quickly gained the lasting respect and affection of nandzar men of the division. In the first week of Augustthe Second Panzer Army was finally ready to move to thwart the Partisan advance from Bosnia into Serbia, originally planned as Operation Rose. The 28th Hanzdar forced the Partisan 36th Vojvodina Division back. The local effect was to complicate the division’s logistics through destruction of the Sarajevo- Brod railway and mass desertions of NDH troops tasked with securing supply lines.

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On 2 December the division was reunited, except for the rest of the pioneer battalion, which remained stranded in Bosnia by damaged bridges and railways. Between March and Junethese attempts were largely fruitless, producing fewer than deserters.

The fez was chosen by Himmler because it had been worn by the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Infantry regiments of the Austro-Hungarian army from toas well as by the Austro-Hungarian Albanian Legion from to It was the first non-Germanic Waffen -SS division, and its formation marked the expansion of the Waffen -SS into a multi-ethnic military force.

The first two raised and trained the division in its early stages of development and Sauberzweig and Hampel commanded it on active operations against the Partisans and later against the Red Army and Bulgarians: The mountain cap was also adorned with an Edelweiss flower patch, worn on the left side of the cap.

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World War II in Yugoslavia: In addition, a serious food shortage threatened the region. Jagdkommandos were sent after the fleeing enemy but were not able to inflict significant losses on them as they had already crossed the Drina into the German-occupied territory of Serbia. Eventually, Bosnians were removed from the division and sent to Germany for labour service with Organisation Todt.

The airstrip was just north of the southern boundary of the security zone and was being used by Allied aircraft to bring in supplies and evacuate wounded Partisans to Italy.


Von Seemen, Gerhard Three members of the division were killed in these attacks. It held on despite being pressed hard during two days of fighting against the 11th Krajina Division.

Visions and Revisions, — They were mostly former members of various Muslim militias who had been conscripted into the ranks of the Partisans.

By Novemberthe autonomists were desperate to protect the Muslim people and wrote to Adolf Hitler asking that he annex Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Reich.

The battalion from 7th SS Division encountered serious resistance around Vlasenica but pushed through. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. In Habdzar, they had been joined by the divisional pioneer battalion, which had finally managed to withdraw from Bosnia. Hitler’s Instrument Of Terror. After Operation Savethe division remained relatively static for more than three weeks, mopping up and repelling local Partisan attacks.

Army colonel, but below brigadier general. Within a week they were joined by the divizijja battalion, which had acquitted itself well in fighting west of Apatin. The Black Book of Bosnia: This advice soon proved prophetic. Both the fez and mountain cap bore the death’s head and eagle of the SS. Hackfleisch aimed to drive out the Partisans occupying the area between the towns of Kladanj, Vlasenica, Sokolac and Olovosouth of the security zone.

After a day of searching, the division uncovered more than ten Partisan bases, which the cooperating Chetniks began to clear despite having shown little interest in actually fighting the Partisans in previous days. Meanwhile, from December to Marchthe rest of the division remained at Barcs rebuilding.

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According to German reports, 42 Partisans were killed, while the division’s losses were four dead and seven wounded. Archived from the original PDF on 22 August The division suffered 24 killed and over wounded. Many defected to the Partisans, with over having joined the Partisan 3rd Corps by early Digizija.

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