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

Formed March 1942 in Bosanska Gradiška. (1)


Operational History

(see II Ustasha Brigade for additional information)

Mar – May 42: forming and training in Bosanska Gradiška.
Jun 42: participated in Operation “West-Bosnien” in the Kozara Mountains between Bosanska Gradiška and Banja Luka.
2-7 Nov 42: Bn. elements took part in Operation “Lug” in the area to the west of Sanski Most in West Bosnia.
1 Dec 42: Bn. HQ with 1st – 4th Co. in Bosanska Gradiška.
29 Dec 42: billeted in the Banja Luka area awaiting assignment.
Feb – Mar 43: located in Donji Miholjac on the Croatian-Hungarian border 30 km N of Našice and Djurdjenovac (Ðurđenovac).
5 Jun 43: Battalion ordered to Slavonska Požega to reinforce XXXVI Ustasha Battalion.
Jul 43: local operations around Pleternica/10 km SE of Slavonska Požega.
27 Aug 43: in Djurdjenovac (Ðurđenovac).
25-29 Sep 43: participated in Operation “Herbst I” in the Dilj Mountains to the east of Slavonska Požega.
10 Dec 43: Djurdjenovac (Ðurđenovac) - had a Bn. HQ, HQ Co. and 1st – 3d Co.
4 Apr 44: in Našice.
21 Apr 44: in Djurdjenovac (Ðurđenovac) a few kilometers from Našice with 400 men - successfully defended the town during two days of heavy fighting with elements of the 12th Division NOVJ.
24 Apr – 8 May 44: took part in Operation “Ungewitter” in the nearby Papuk Mountains.
20-30 Nov 44: Djurdjenovac (Ðurđenovac) operating under German Divisionsstab z.b.V. Stephan, a special tactical command deployed in south Slavonia and parts of Syrmia that consisted of German-Croatian police units and Ustasha.
30 Nov 44: the Battalion lost its separate identity at the end of November and is believed to have been incorporated into either II Ustasha Brigade or XIII Ustasha Brigade. There is some evidence that it became IV Bn./II Ustasha Brigade sometime between August and November 1944, but this cannot be confirmed.

Commanders

Ust. Satnik Dragutin Vudy (? Mar 1942 - ?)
Ust. Satnik Vinko Ferček? (? - ?) Oct 1942
Ust. Satnik Kočiš (? - ?) Apr 1944

Subordination

II Ustasha Brigade (Aug 1942 - Nov 1944)

Footnotes

1. Arhiv VII, kut. 134a, reg.br. 4/1; Colić – 1977; [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Zbornik dokumenata i podataka o narodnooslobodilačkom ratu jugoslovenskih naroda, Tom V/16, p.366; V/27, pp.329-30; [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Hronologija oslobodilačke borbe naroda jugoslavije 1941-1945, p.733; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-311 roll 185/649); (T-314 roll 851/509); (T-315 roll 2270/1032-34); Hrvatski narod newspaper, issues for 11.10.42 and 26.2.43.


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