By September 1941, the legion During its last days at Stalingrad, the Legion was desperately retraining about 700 inexperienced artillery and support soldiers to infantry combat duty. Major Tomislav Brajkovic is noted to have desperately attempted to keep morale and discipline high. Although the unit was considered by the NDH to be a part of the Croatian Home Guard and the NDH authorities retained responsibility for providing replacements, the members of the regiment swore an oath to Adolf Hitler. Markulj was transferred back to Croatia and was temporarily replaced by Colonel Marko Mesic on 7 July 1942 and Lieutenant Colonel Ivan Babic who was finally replaced by Colonel Viktor Pavicic. Among the last Wehrmacht soldiers to leave Stalingrad by air were a group of 18 wounded and sick Croat legionnaires, including Lt. Baricevic, who were flown out by Luftwaffe pilots and were landed on the last serviceable German airfield at Staljingradskaja near the 369ths artillery section positions on the night of 22 to 23 January 1943. Both officers were praised by Soviet general Sergey Biryuzov. One notable citation is that of Captain Madras, who was wounded and was to be flown out of Stalingrad, but refused and instead stayed and fought with his men. In the two weeks leading up to the capitulation the 369th Regiment had lost 175 soldiers. the Croatians on taking 5000 Russian prisoners. Only Croats, Ukrainians or White Russians were accepted as volunteers, and about one third of those accepted were Bosnian Muslims. Yugoslavia. They were sent on a forced march to Moscow where they were joined by Croatian legionnaires from the Light Transport Brigade who had been attached to Italian forces on the Eastern Front. Leaf in silver. This unit was formed in early 1944 partly from former members of the 369th Croatian Reinforced Infantry Regiment, and was commanded by the former Ustase Lieutenant Colonel Marko Mesic assisted by Captain Milutin Perisic, a Serb. 369th Croatian Reinforced Infantry Regiment (Wehrmacht) is within the scope of WikiProject Yugoslavia, a collaborative effort to improve the Wikipedia coverage of articles related to Yugoslavia and its nations. Cookies remember you so we can give you a better online experience. After the destruction of the Light Mobile Regiment, the Italians sponsored the creation of a new Legion unit. The Croatian Legion was a foreign unit of the Italian Royal Army, created in 1941 and placed first in the Italian Expeditionary Corps in Russia and then in the 8th Army.The unit was called Lako prevozni zdrug ("Motorized Light Brigade"), while the name Hrvatska legija ("Croatian Legion") was used to indicate the aggregated departments of the Royal Army and the Wehrmacht. Sergeant Podobnik was later wounded and evacuated from Stalingrad and was killed in spring 1945 whilst serving in Pavelics elite unit. Legije" (Croatian Airforce Legion badge), except that is was worn by Croatian members of In June, the division supported the drive of the 1st Panzer Army along the Don River, through Voronezh to Kalach where the regiment incurred heavy casualties trying to cross the river in the face of serious resistance. 1941. 369. is one of the bravest Croatian units in second world war. Download this stock image: The Nazi propaganda image depicts the commander of a Croatian Legion (R with arm badge) talking to officers of the German Wehrmacht. right breast pocket.. Hi Francisco, i like your spanish an the croatian wings. A report dated 21 June 1942 states that Legion contained 113 officers, 7 military clerks, 625 NCOs, and 4317 soldiers, as well as 2902 horses. Regiment who survived the battle of Stalingrad were awarded with the Army Legion The Pilot badge was probably instituted as soon as The majority of volunteers came from the intended reinforcements from the 369th Regiment that was fighting as part of the Wehrmacht in the Eastern Front. and assigned to the Croatian military units. The regiment was raised from volunteers drawn from Croatia and was commonly referred to as the Croatian Legion. Not much is known about the " Znak Hrvatske Zrakoplovne This legion was sent to northern Italy, to the Lake Garda area, and then the Italo-Slovene border area. Despite the harsh conditions, the German high command credited the regiment with maintaining proper and military bearing. and "Me-Ba" Zagreb. New fresh forces from Croatia were not added except for returns of sick and wounded and a few officers and staff. Members of the Croatian Light Transport Regiment Legion wore an aluminum metal shield with the bold relief inscription "HRVATSKA" and the painted red checkerboards representing the coat-of-arms. These Croatian volunteers fought on several of the hardest Croatian Legion: The 369th Reinforced (Croatian) Infantry Regiment on the Eastern Front, 1941-1943 offers a unique perspective of the fighting on the Eastern … and on the side of their M-43 style German Cap. the Croatian Airforce Legion unit was formed in early June 1941. long thick pin held by a hinge and a "C" style catch. the Russians overran their positions. moved to Kharkov and fought effectively against partisans in the Stalino sector Its ground component, the 369th Reinforced (Croatian) Infantry Regiment, was the first to be formed.Two Croatian sergeants managed to preserve the regimental archive by taking it with them on one of the last flights out of besieged Stalingrad. 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