The 1. Light Infantry Parachute Battalion (1. Padobranska Lovacka Bojna) was formed in 1942 as the 1. Light Infantry Parachute Company (1. Padobranska Lovacka Satnija). The volunteers were trained at the Air Force school at Petrovaradin before moving to the new training area at Koprivnica. The base was attacked by the partisans in October 1943 and the paratroopers were forced out after days of heavy fighting where they suffered 20 killed or captured.
Following the attack the unit was disbanded, it was however soon reformed again and expanded to battalion size. It was sent to the area of Resnik and Obrovo in January 1945 to fight the partisans. The unit later fought the partisans at Sisak and Petrinja, this time attached to the Battlegroup Schlacher (Borbena Skupina Schlacher) together with the Motorized Brigade (Brzi Zdrug).

At the end of the war the men of this unit marched to Austria and surrendered to the western Allies but they were immediately transferred back to the partisans and most of them were killed.

Commanders

Major Dragutin Dolanski
Major Ljudevit Agic

Order of Battle

1. Light Infantry Parachute Company (Sergeant Mirko Kudelic)
2. Light Infantry Parachute Company (Lieutenant Ivan Catuk)
3. Light Infantry Parachute Company
4. Light Infantry Parachute Company

Sources used

Josip Novak & David Spencer - Hrvatski Orlovi: Paratroopers of the Independent State of Croatia

Reference material on this unit

Josip Novak & David Spencer - Hrvatski Orlovi: Paratroopers of the Independent State of Croatia

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