(7. lovački zdrug)
by H.L. deZeng IV

Formed first half of November 1944 in Bos. Novi from the remnants of the disbanded 4th Jäger Brigade. (1)


Operational History

1944

22-23 Nov 44: I Bn. lost 25 killed, 10 wounded and 5 captured in defense of Zamlača near Dvor, which was taken by elements of the 7th Assault Division NOVJ.
1 Dec 44: assigned to the 4th Croatian Infantry Division.
Dec 44: in formation in the Bos. Novi area and deployed along the Una River between Bos. Novi and Kostajnica.

1945

(see 4th Croatian Infantry Division for further information)
22-23 Jan 45: Brigade lost 2 killed, 4 wounded and 19 captured in defense of Zamlača, which was stormed and taken for a second time by two brigades from the 7th Assault Division NOVJ.
Feb 45: composition and locations virtually unchanged from 31 December and remained so until 24 April 1945.
Feb – Apr 45: little action of significance as the Partisans built up their forces in preparation for the final offensive in April.
May 45: Brigade destroyed at the beginning of May.


Commanders 

Podpukovnik Aleksander Kolaković (? Nov 1944 - ? May 1945?) Feb 1945


Subordination 

II Domobran Corps (II Territorial Corps) (Nov 1944)
4th Croatian Infantry Division (Dec 1944 - May 1945)


Order of battle (31 Dec 1944)

Brigade HQ with Reconnaissance Co., Signal Co., Engineer Co., Anti-Tank Co. and other smaller support and service elements all located in Bos. Novi
I Bn. (1st – 4th Co.) in and around Dvor
II Bn. (5th – 8th Co.) in Kula
III Bn. (9th – 12th Co.) in Jablanica
IV Artillery Gp. (which belonged to the 4th Croatian Infantry Div. and was attached to the Brigade)
Total Brigade strength was estimated to be approximately 2,000.


Footnotes

1. [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Hronologija oslobodilačke borbe naroda jugoslavije 1941-1945, pp.1005, 1059; [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Zbornik dokumenata I podataka o narodnooslobodilačkom ratu jugoslovenskih naroda, Tom IV/31, p.871-73; IV/33, pp.831-33; Tom V/37, pp.753-58; V/38, p.676; NARA WashDC: RG 226 (OSS documents 109655, 110433 and 126034); RG 331 (roll 447-B); [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Oslobodilački rat naroda Juooslavije 1941-1945; Strugar, Vlado - Jugoslavija 1941-1945.


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