8. Garrison Brigade (Croatia)
- Published: 16 February 2013 16 February 2013
- Last Updated: 16 February 2013 16 February 2013
(8. Posadni Zdrug)
by H.L. deZeng IV
Formed on or about 1 April 1944 with HQ in Sarajevo from elements of 14th Infantry Rgt. and a large number of volunteer Moslem militia (Domdo), the latter comprising all by I Bn. and the headquarters elements. The Brigade grew steadily from 5 battalions with a total of 4,890 men in May 44 to 8 battalions with some 8,000 men in Nov 44. Tactically under German V. SS-Gebirgskorps. (1)
19-22 Apr 44: Brigade participated in a sweep of the Konjic area that was intended to destroy units of the 27th and 29th Assault Divisions NOVJ, but most of the Partisans slipped through the cordon and got away.
May – Nov 44: a review of the Brigade’s monthly combat reports revealed a number of small-scale clashes and skirmishes but no significant actions. The Sarajevo area where it was located was heavily populated with German and Croatian troops and therefore relatively secure.
1 Dec 44: renamed 18th Domobran Brigade and assigned to 8th Croatian Inf. Div.
Pukovnik Juraj Čordašić (c. 1 Apr 1944 - 30 Nov 1944)
III Territorial Corps (Apr 1944 - 30 Nov 1944)
Order of battle (Aug 1944)
Brigade HQ and Administrative Section in Sarajevo (211)
I Bn. (1st – 6th Co.) in Sarajevo (972)
II Bn. (1st – 5th Co.) in Zvornik (1,107)
III Bn. (1st – 7th Co.) in Ilidža, Satnik Franjo Kostrić (1,788)
IV Bn. (1st – 6th Co.) in Vareš (932)
V Bn. (1st – 4th Co.) in Goražde (1,023)
VI Bn. (1st – 4th Co.) in Ustikolina (1,070)
VII Bn. (1st – 5th Co.) in Visoko (251)
1st Artillery Battery/8th Garrison Brig. in Travnik (86)
2d Artillery Battery/8th Garrison Brig. in Sarajevo (65)
1st Independent Artillery Battery in Travnik
Engineer Platoon/8th Garrison Brig. in Sarajevo (40)
Signal Platoon/8th Garrison Brig. in Sarajevo (41)
Total Brigade strength: 7,621.
Later, in Nov 44, an VIII Bn. was formed in Lisičići and Ostrožac from militia.
1. [Vojnoistorijski institute]. Zbornik dokumenata I podataka o narodnooslobodilačkom ratu jugoslovenskih naroda. Tom IV/24, p.660; IV/25, pp.812-16; IV/26, pp.578-83; IV/27, pp.708-14; IV/28, pp.630-36; IV/30, pp.100 and 649; IV/31, p.14; [Vojnoistorijski institute]. Hronologija oslobodilačke borbe naroda jugoslavije 1941-1945, p.725; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-175 roll 120/822; T-311 roll 184/1141).
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