Domdo Battalion Kotorište (Croatia)
- Published: 19 February 2013 19 February 2013
- Last Updated: 19 February 2013 19 February 2013
by H.L. deZeng IV
Formed in Kotor Varoš/36 km SE of Banja Luka early 1942 and subordinated to the Banja Luka Brigade. (1)
Jun 42: Bn. had 4 companies - participated in Operation “West-Bosnien.”
2-3 Dec 42: Kotor Varoš was taken this date by the Partisan 1st Proletarian Assault Brigade and some of the men from the Battalion were taken prisoner. Kotor Varoš was retaken on 7 December by a battalion from the German 714. Inf.Div. and Domdo Battalion Kotorište returned to the town as the garrison security force. On 10 December the town was captured for the second time by a strong Partisan force and the main body of the Battalion surrendered.
1 Feb 43: now in Čelinac/15 km SE of Banja Luka as Domdo Company Kotorište after losing most of its personnel in Kotor Varoš on 10 December. A few days later German and Chetnik forces retook Kotor Varoš during Operation “Weiss” and the Domdo Company once again moved in as the garrison security force.
20 Mar 43: Company ordered disarmed and disbanded this date by 714. Inf.Div., with the order to be carried out by the Croatian Banja Luka Brigade. The reason for this action was not given, but it is suspected that the Co. was in sympathy with the Partisans.
1. Colić, Mladen - Oružane snage NDH u Bosni i Hercegovini 1942-1943, in: AVNOJ i narodnooslobodilačka borba u Bosni i Hercegovini 1942-1943 (Belgrade, 1974), p.346; [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Hronologija oslobodilačke borbe naroda jugoslavije 1941-1945 (Belgrade, 1964), pp.386-89; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-315 roll 1294/146, 180 and 280).
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