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

Formed August 1942 in the Bihać area by renaming the II Lika Ustasha Battalion. (1)


Operational History

(see IV Ustasha Brigade for additional information)

1 Oct 42: Bn. HQ with 1st to 4th Co. deployed between Bosanska Krupa and Bihać.
1 Dec 42: now in Glina in the Kordun and probably refitting; still there on 16 December.
17-26 Dec 42: departed Glina, moved through Vrhovine/17 km E of Otočac, and by 26 December was located in Ličko Lešće.
20 Jan – 14 Feb 43: billeted in villages in the Lovinac – Udbina area - secured roads and then cleared the surrounding mountains together with Italian forces during Operation “Weiss”.
1 Apr 43: in Lovinac/29 km SE of Gospić.
31 Jul 43: operating in the Gospić – Perušić area.
16 Oct 43: Gospić – Perušić area in a total strength of 7 officers and 693 men.
14 Dec 43: in Gospić.
5 Jan 44: cleared the Medak – Lovinac road together with XXXI Ustasha Bn. to assist the movement of German 114. Jäger-Div., which was being transferred from the Gračac area to Italy. The operation resulted in heavy fighting and losses on both sides.
21 Jan 44: moved to Baške Oštarije/20 km WSW of Gospić on conclusion of the operation.
8 Apr 44: back in the Gospić area.
29 Jun 44: Bn. HQ with 1st – 4th Co. in Široka Kula/12 km NE of Gospić.
1 Aug 44: now in Bunić/32 km NE of Gospić.
16-31 Aug 44: moved to Lički Osik and Perušić with an estimated 500 men on strength.
Nov 44: Gospić area - renamed III Bn./IV Ustasha Brigade.

Commanders

Ust. Bojnik Djokica (Delko) Bogdanić (? - ?) Dec 1942, Jan 1943
Ust. Nadsatnik Stjepan Špraje (? - ?) Sep 1944

Subordination

IV Ustasha Brigade (Aug 1942 - Nov 1944)

Footnotes

1. Arhiv VII, kut. 134a, reg.br. 4/1; [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Zbornik dokumenata i podataka o narodnooslobodilačkom ratu jugoslovenskih naroda, Tom V/11, p.367; V/12, p.128; V/14, p.373; V/28, pp.483 and 524-25; V/31, p.607; [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Hronologija oslobodilačke borbe naroda jugoslavije 1941-1945, p 370, 703; NARA WashDC: RG 226 (OSS documents 109655 and 110433); RG 242 (T-311 roll 185/407; roll 192/533); (T-314 roll 558/1139); (T-315 roll 1295/219 and 872; roll 2270/1032-36); (T-821 roll 53/367-79); [ - ] - Kotar Korenica i kotar Udbina u narodnooslobodilačkom ratu i socijalističkoj izgradnji. Karkovac: Historijski arhiv, 1979, p.576; Schraml, Franz - Kriegsschauplatz Kroatien. Neckargemünd: Kurt Vowinckel Verlag , 1962.


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