9. Garrison Brigade (Croatia)
- Published: 16 February 2013 16 February 2013
- Last Updated: 16 February 2013 16 February 2013
(9. Posadni Zdrug)
by H.L. deZeng IV
Formed on or about 1 April 1944 with HQ in Dubrovnik by renaming and reorganizing the former 6th Infantry Division, which had been composed of a single infantry battalion, transportation and other support and service units, plus a large number of volunteer militia (Domdo) garrison units located in the surrounding area. Brigade strength began at 4,000 and grew to more than 5,000. Tactical subordination is uncertain, but the Brigade probably came under German V. SS-Gebirgskorps. (1)
24 Apr 44: Brigade took part in a clearing operation from Gacko against elements of 29th Assault Division NOVJ, which was blocking the line of communication Gacko – Bileća. The operation proved unsuccessful so it was repeated 1-3 May.
May – Jul 44: Brigade components, especially III Bn., took part in a number of large and small offensive operations in eastern and southern Hercegovina against formations of the 29th Assault Div. NOVJ, usually in company with units of German 369. Inf.Div. and local Chetnik groups.
Aug – Sep 44: routine defensive duties; the Brigade’s sector was relatively quiet.
Oct 44: during the second half of October, the majority of the Brigade (5,176 men) was overrun and destroyed by the Partisan 26th Division. Most of the troops surrendered rather than leave their beloved south Dalmatia. The survivors, mainly remnants of I and II Battalions numbering just 289 men, reassembled in Mostar and then on 1 December 1944 were absorbed into the new 9th Croatian Mountain Division.
Pukovnik Stjepan Zuech (Apr 1944 - Nov 1944)
III Territorial Corps (Apr 1944 - 30 Nov 1944)
Order of battle (Aug 1944)
Brigade HQ and Administrative Section in Dubrovnik
I Bn. (1st – 4th Co.) in Hum (576)
II Bn. (1st – 4th Co.) in Mostar (1,230)
III Bn. (1st – 4th Co.) in Gacko (531)
IV Bn. (1st – 3d Co.) in Slano (697)
V Bn. (1st – 5th Co.) in Čilipi (1,135)
VI Bn. (1st – 8th Co.) in Sinj (strength?)
1st Artillery Battery/9th Garrison Brig. in Sinj
1. [Vojnoistorijski institute]. Zbornik dokumenata I podataka o narodnooslobodilačkom ratu jugoslovenskih naroda. Tom IV/24, pp.648-49; IV/25, pp816-18; IV/26, pp.584-86; IV/27, pp.715-19; IV/28, p.637; V/35, p.670; V/38, p.185; [Vojnoistorijski institute]. Hronologija oslobodilačke borbe naroda jugoslavije 1941-1945, pp.725, 751 and 812; Strugar, Vlado - Jugoslavija 1941-1945.
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