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

Formed summer 1942 in Pisarovina/35 km ENE of Karlovac. (1)


Operational History

(see III Ustasha Brigade for additional information)

1 Oct 42: Bn. HQ in Topusko, 1st Co. in Topusko and Čemernica, 2d Co. in Lasinja and 3d Co. in Topusko and Čemernica.
1 Dec 42: now reportedly in Ivanić-Grad/35 km ESE of Zagreb, but what reason is not known but possibly in connection with training.
Mar 43: in Pisarovina - carried out continuous reconnaissance patrols through the villages and woods in this area during the spring and summer of 1943.
26-27 Jul 43: thre companies from the Battalion participated in Operation “Grün” in the mountains 35 km south of Zagreb.
21 Aug 43: 4th Co. in Donja Kupčina attacked by elements of the 13th Proletarian NOU Brigade “Rade Končar” and local Partisans losing 6 killed and 11 captured.
8 Sep 43: Bn. HQ and HQ Co. in Pisarovina, 1st Co. in Lasinja, 2d Co. in Lasinja, 3d Co. in Zdenčina, and 4th Co. in Donja Kupčina.
28 Sep 43: Bn. elements cut off and surrounded in the town of Generalski Stol following an attack by the 7th Assault Brigade NOVJ. German and Ustasha relief forces from Karlovac broke through the next day. Battalion casualties were reportedly “light” due to the fast arrival of the relief force.
20 Nov 43: Bn. HQ, HQ Co. and 1st – 3d Co. deployed in Karlovac, Zvečaj, Draganići and Zdenčina in a total strength of 474.
Jan – May 44: no information - evidently the Battalion defended its villages without major incident.
1 Jun 44: Bn. HQ, HQ Co. and 1st – 3d Co. deployed in the Horvati area/12 km SW of Zagreb in a total strength of 634.
22 Jun 44: Bn. took part in Operation “Žumberak IV” to the southwest of Samobor.
27-30 Jun 44: participated in Operation “Dünkirchen I” in the Žumberak region, followed by Operation “Dünkirchen II” in the same area from 8 to 17 July.
Aug 44: defending villages, road junctions and railway lines in Karlovac, Draganići, Leskovac, Domagović, Desinec and Zorkovac.
Aug 44: renamed III Bn./III Ustasha Brigade.

Commanders

Ust. Satnik Cerc (? - ? Aug 1944)

Subordination

III Ustasha Brigade (Aug 1942 - Aug 1944)

Footnotes

1. Arhiv VII, kut. 114b and kut. 134a, reg.br. 4/1; Colić – 1977; [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Zbornik dokumenata i podataka o narodnooslobodilačkom ratu jugoslovenskih naroda, Tom V/16, p.323; [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Hronologija oslobodilačke borbe naroda jugoslavije 1941-1945, pp.531 and 554; NARA WashDC: RG 226 (OSS Document No. 109655); RG 242 (T-314 roll 559/221); (T-315 roll 1554; roll 1555; roll 2270/1032-36); (T-821 roll 53/367-79; roll 278/373).


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