(I. konjanička sklop)
by H.L. deZeng IV

Formed summer 1941 in Zagreb. I and II Cavalry Group served mainly as rear area training and replacement formations for the combat-deployed Zagreb Cavalry Regiment. (1)


Operational History

1941

Aug – Dec 41: formation and training in Zagreb with limited employment in the field. No significant action reported.

1942

10 Apr 42: marched in the anniversary parade in Zagreb marking the first year of the Independent State of Croatia.
22 Oct 42: one of the Group’s squadrons (2d Squadron?) stationed in Varaždin lost about a third of its strength in fighting with the Kalnik NOP Detachment near Apatovac in the Križevci area.

1943

Feb 43: Group HQ still in Zagreb.
27 Feb – 8 Mar 43: 1st (Assault) Squadron and the Recruit Squadron participated in Operation “Mirko” in the Kalnik and Bilogora Mountains.
15 Mar 43: the Recruit Squadron was stationed in Ludbreg and carried out continuous patrols in the surrounding countryside in search of Partisans.
6 Sep 43: engaged against elements of the NO Brigade “Braća Radić” near Varaždinske Toplice.
28 Sep 43: the 2d Assault Squadron in a strength of 80 men were reported missing in action while defending Varaždinske Toplice, which was taken by the Partisans in a surprise attack during the early evening hours.
Dec 43: 1st (Assault) Squadron transferred from Zagreb to Križevci in November or early December and still there in January 1944.

1944

1 Apr 44: incorporated into the Mobile Brigade?

Commanders

Pukovnik Oto Egelsdorfer (? - ?) Apr 1942

Subordination

General HQ (MINDOM) Zagreb (Jul 1941 - Nov 1941)
I Corps (Nov 1941 - Mar 1944)

Order of battle (June 1943)

Group HQ in Zagreb,
1st Squadron in Zagreb
2d Squadron in Ludbreg
1st Replacement Transfer Squadron in Zagreb
Recruit Squadron in Zagreb


Footnotes

1. [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Hronologija oslobodilačke borbe naroda jugoslavije 1941-1945, pp.359, 549; [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Zbornik dokumenata i podataka o narodnooslobodilačkom ratu jugoslovenskih naroda, Tom V/14, pp.411-17; V/19, p.737.


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