(2. Posadni Zdrug)
by H.L. deZeng IV

Formed on or about 1 April 1944 with HQ in Karlovac by consolidating and renaming a variety of existing quasi-independent garrison battalions and other units, especially the 3d Infantry Rgt. Brigade strength averaged around 3,000 – 3,500. Tactically under German LXIX. Armeekorps. (1)


Operational History

4 Apr 44: Brigade’s III Bn. together with elements of V Ustasha Bn. began a clearing operation against 34th Division NOVJ in the vicinity of Ozalj.
5-6 Apr 44: I Bn. attacked at night in it strongpoint at Vukmanić near Karlovac by elements of 8th Division NOVJ and the Kordun NOP Detachment losing 243 captured and nearly all the rest killed or wounded.
20 Apr 44: IV Bn. took part in an unsuccessful attack from the Jastrebarsko-Draganić area on elements of 34th Division NOVJ that resulted in light casualties on both sides.
27-30 Jun 44: IV Bn. participated in Operation “Dünkirchen” in Žumberak, followed by Operation “Dünkirchen II” in the same area from 8-17 July. The objective was to destroy Partisan 8th and 34th Divisions in the area around Krašić and along the Kupa river/25-30 km NNW of Karlovac. According to German estimates, 603 Partisans were killed, several hundred more probably killed and wounded, and 19 captured. German and Croatian losses came to around 300 killed and wounded.
7 Nov 44: III Bn. lost 3 KIA, 3 WIA and 37 captured when elements of 34th Division NOVJ attacked and took the village of Zorkovac.
1 Dec 44: renamed 12th Domobran Brigade and became a component of 13th Croatian Inf. Div.

Commanders

Podpukovnik Slavko Miletić (Apr 1944 - c. Sep 1944)
Podpukovnik Dragutin Cubelić (Oct 1944 - 30 Nov 1944)

Subordination

I Territorial Corps (Apr 1944 - 30 Nov 1944)

Order of battle (June 1944)

Brigade HQ in Karlovac
I Bn. (1st – 5th Co.) in Karlovac and immediate vicinity, Satnik Josip Kniha (796)
II Bn. (1st – 5th Co.) Turanj-Karlovac-Jamodol, Bojnik Marko Lišnjak (819)
III Bn. (1st – 3d Co. and a heavy weapons company) Ozalj – Duga Resa, Bojnik Pantelejmon Ratković (688)
IV Bn. (1st – 3d Co. and 5th Co.) Gornagović-Zdencina-Jastrebarsko-Rečica, Bojnik Vladimir Kuzman (628)
V Bn. (1st – 4th Co.) Ogulin, Bojnik Vuković (455)
1st Artillery Battery in Karlovac (82)
Signal Platoon and Administrative Section.

By September, a 2d Artillery Battery was added and stationed in Karlovac.


Footnotes

1. Arhiv Vojnoistorijski institut, kut. 114b, reg.br. 1/2; kut. 134a, reg.br. 2/1; Colić 1976, pp.1044 and 1050; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-311 roll 184/250); [Vojnoistorijski institute]. Zbornik dokumenata I podataka o narodnooslobodilačkom ratu jugoslovenskih naroda. Tom V/26, p.414; V/36, p.530; [Vojnoistorijski institute]. Hronologija oslobodilačke borbe naroda jugoslavije 1941-1945, pp.729-30, 733 and 1003.


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