III Ustasha Battalion (III. ustaška bojna)
by H.L. deZeng IV

Formed late summer or early fall 1941, probably in Brčko, where it was located in November and December with approximately 550 men. (1)


Operational History

(see 1st Ustasha Rgt., I Ustasha Brig. and VI Ustasha Brig. for additional information)

2 Apr 42: Battalion elements reportedly engaged against Partisan forces near Pakrac in Slovenia.
9 Apr 42: entire Battalion ordered to transfer from Brčko to Sarajevo this date for assignment to the 1st Ustasha Regiment. Total strength on transfer was 5 officers, 11 NCOs, 575 men and 128 recruits.
8 Jul 42: Sarajevo area.
1 Dec 42: in Bratunac on the Drina River/83 km NE of Sarajevo with Bn. HQ, HQ Co. and 1st – 4th Co.
14 Apr 43: Sokolac/31 km ENE of Sarajevo with elements in Vlasenica/55 km NE of Sarajevo. Composition unchanged from December.
Aug 43: now in Drinjača/74 km NE of Sarajevo.
Oct – Dec 43: movement and activity of the Battalion becomes unclear from this point forward. It appears to have been reassigned to the new VI Ustasha Brigade and transferred to Livno/113 km due west of Sarajevo where it was said to be located on 31 December 1943. At the beginning of 1944 it is believed to have been renamed I Bn./VI Ustasha Brigade.

Commanders

Ust. Nadporučnik Josip Kurelac (? - ?) Apr 1942

Subordination

1st Ustasha Regiment (Black Legion) Apr 1942
I Ustasha Brigade Oct. 1942, Dec 1942, Apr 1943, Aug 1943
VI Ustasha Brigade Dec 1943

Footnotes

1. Arhiv VII, kut. 134a, reg.br. 4/1; Colić 1974, p.354; [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Zbornik dokumenata i podataka o narodnooslobodilačkom ratu jugoslovenskih naroda. Tom IV/12, p.629; [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Hronologija oslobodilačke borbe naroda jugoslavije 1941-1945, p.251; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-315 roll 2154/1382; roll 2268/903 and 959; roll 2269/043; roll 2270/1032-36).


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