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

Formed at the end of March or beginning of April 1942 in Sarajevo (another account says Sokolac) by renaming IV Bn./1st Ustasha Rgt. (“Black Legion”) with 8 officers, 13 NCOs, and 650 men. Renamed III Bn./I Ustasha Brigade in August 1944. (1)


Operational History

(See lst Ust. Rgt. and I Ust. Brig. for main operational details)

1942
16 Jun 42: Bn. garrisoned in Sokolac and Vlasenica; on 1 Oct 42 the HQ Co. and 1st Co. in Ustiprača, 2d Co. and 3d Co. Medjedja. On 1 Dec 42 locations were as above for 1 Oct 42.
1943
7 Feb 43: in Žepče. 14 Apr 43 in Sokolac with 1st - 4th Cos. Jul 43 Sokolac - Rogatica area. Aug 43 in Vlasenica. On 15 Sep 43 Battalion strength given as 5 officers/50 NCOs/293 men. Nov 43 in Pale. 13 Dec 43 Sokolac. 31 Dec 43 Vlasenica.
10-11 Sep 43: lost 12 KIA, 4 WIA and 38 captured in defense of Vlasenica, which was taken by 16th Assault Div. NOVJ at cost of 11 killed and 16 wounded Partisans.
1944
May 44: Rogatica area; on 31 May the Bn. was transferred from Sokolac to Srebrenica.
16 Jun 44: Bn. engaged in heavy fighting with VI Brig./27th NOU Div. in villages near Srebrenica, and claimed 58 Partisans KIA and 42 WIA.
19-20 Jun 44: Bn. repulsed a two-day attack on Srebrenica by the Partisan 17th Majevička Brig., claiming 107 Partisans KIA and 115 WIA at a cost of 3 WIA.
Jul-Aug 44: XXII Ustasha Battalion not separately identified after June 1944 and in August became III Bn./I Ustasha Brigade.

Commanders

Ust. Nadporučnik Stjepan Dončević (?) (June 1942)
Bojnik Kolaković (?) (Feb 1943)
Satnik Ante Caratan (May 1944)

Subordination

lst Ust. Rgt. (Apr 1942)
I Ust. Brig. (c. Aug 1942 - Aug 1944)

Footnotes

1. M.Colić - Takozvana Nezavisna Država Hrvatska 1941; ; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-175: roll 120/2645822; T-315: roll 2154/1382; roll 2156/636; roll 2268/836; roll 2269/073; roll 2270/1042-46; roll 2271/687; T-821:roll 53/367-79); [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Zbornik VII Beograd (IV/20, p.804; IV/26, pp.354-55; IV/26, pp.371-72; IV/29, p.676, 699); [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Hronologija oslobodilačke borbe naroda jugoslavije 1941-1945, p.544.


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