by H.L. deZeng IV

Together with the Expeditionary Regiment and Battalions, these were established on an improvised basis during the first several months of the new Croatian state. The personnel were mainly demobilized soldiers of the Royal Yugoslav Army that had just been defeated and Croatian reservists who volunteered to serve their country. There was little order and uniformity to these garrison formations and little for them to do since the NDH (Independent State of Croatia) was relatively peaceful during May and June 1941. Accordingly, not much can be said about them. (1)

Banja Luka Garrison Battalion
Formed April or May 1941 and then disbanded on 29 June 1941 with personnel used to form HQ and I Bn./10th Infantry Regiment.

Bihać Garrison Battalion
Formed May 1941 and then disbanded on 29 June 1941 with personnel used to form III Bn./11th Infantry Regiment, which then became the Petrinja Replacement Battalion on 24 July 1941.

Bjelovar Garrison Battalion
Formed May 1941 and then disbanded on 29 June 1941 with personnel used to form HQ and II Bn./1st Infantry Regiment.

Delnice Garrison Battalion
Formed Apr or May 1941 and then disbanded on 29 June 1941 with personnel used to form III Bn./3d Infantry Regiment, which then became the Karlovac Replacement Battalion on 24 July 1941.

Gospić Garrison Battalion
Formed Apr or May 1941 and then disbanded on 29 June 1941 with personnel used to form II Bn./12th Infantry Regiment.

Karlovac Garrison Battalion
Formed May 1941 and then disbanded on 29 June 1941 with personnel used to form HQ 3d Infantry Regiment.

Knin Garrison Battalion
Formed 10 May 1941 with 800 men using personnel provided by the Knin and Sinj Replacement Commands. Had a Bn. HQ, 1st – 4th Co., Auxiliary Co., Signal Half-Co. and an Engineer Platoon. Disbanded on 29 June 1941 with personnel used to form III Bn./15th Infantry Regiment.

Mostar Garrison Battalion
Formed Apr or May 1941 and then disbanded on 29 June 1941 with personnel used to form III Bn./13th Infantry Regiment, which then became the Mostar Replacement Battalion on 24 July 1941.

Ogulin Garrison Battalion
Formed Apr or May 1941 and then disbanded on 29 June 1941 with personnel used to form II Bn./3d Infantry Regiment.

Osijek Garrison Battalion
Formed May 1941 and then disbanded on 29 June 1941 with personnel used to form II Bn./4th Infantry Regiment.

Otočac Garrison Battalion
Formed Apr or May 1941 and then disbanded on 29 June 1941 with personnel used to form I Bn./12th Infantry Regiment.

Petrinja Garrison Battalion
Formed May 1941 and then disbanded on 29 June 1941 with personnel used to form II Bn./11th Infantry Regiment.

Petrovaradin – Hrv. Mitrovica Garrison Battalion
Formed May 1941 and then disbanded on 29 June 1941 with personnel used to form II Bn./6th Infantry Regiment.

Sarajevo Garrison Battalion
Formed May 1941 and then disbanded on 29 June 1941 with personnel used to form III Bn./7th Infantry Regiment, which then became the Sarajevo Replacement Battalion on 24 July 1941.

Sisak Garrison Battalion
Formed May 1941 and then disbanded on 29 June 1941 with personnel used to form I Bn./11th Infantry Regiment.

Slavonska Požega Garrison Battalion
Formed May 1941 and then disbanded on 29 June 1941 with personnel used to form I Bn./5th Infantry Regiment.

Travnik Garrison Battalion
Formed May 1941 and then disbanded on 29 June 1941 with personnel used to form II Bn./9th Infantry Regiment.

Trebinje Garrison Battalion
Formed Apr or May 1941 and then disbanded on 29 June 1941 with personnel used to form III Bn./14th Infantry Regiment, which was then disbanded on 24 July and the personnel incorporated into I and II Bn./14th Infantry Regiment.

Tuzla Garrison Battalion
Formed May 1941 and then disbanded on 29 June 1941 with personnel used to form II Bn./8th Infantry Regiment.

Varaždin Garrison Battalion
Formed May 1941 and then disbanded on 29 June 1941 with personnel used to form II Bn./1st Infantry Regiment.

Vinkovci Garrison Battalion
Formed May 1941 and then disbanded on 29 June 1941 with personnel used to form I Bn./6th Infantry Regiment.

Zagreb Garrison Battalion
Formed May 1941 and then disbanded on 29 June 1941 with personnel used to form HQ and I Bn./2d Infantry Regiment.


Footnotes

1. Colić, Mladen - Takozvana Nezavisna Država Hrvatska 1941 (Belgrade: Delta-pres, 1973).

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