- Published: 28 July 2011 28 July 2011
- Last Updated: 24 March 2013 24 March 2013
The 704. Infanterie-Division was formed 15 April 1941 as part of the 15. Welle (wave.) It was transferred to Yugoslavia in May 1941 where it took part in anti-partisan and security operations. On 1 April 1943, it was reorganized and redesignated the 104. Jäger-Division.
This unit took part in anti-partisan operations in Croatia.
Known war crimesInfanterie-Regiment 724 of 704. Infanterie-Division and Infanterie-Regiment 749 of 717. Infanterie-Division took part in the killing of about 2.300 civilians in Kragujevac in present day Serbia 20-21 October 1941 in retaliation for partisan attacks. (1)
CommandersGeneralmajor Heinrich Borowski (22 Apr 1941 - 15 Aug 1942)
Generalleutnant Hans Juppe (15 Aug 1942 - 20 Feb 1943)
Generalleutnant Hartwig von Ludwiger (20 Feb 1943 - 30 Apr 1943)
Area of operationsGermany (Apr 1941 - May 1941)
Serbia (May 1941 - Apr 1943)
Order of battle (1941)Infanterie-Regiment 724
Soldiers of Infanterie-Regiment 724 rounding up people in Kragujevac
(Courtesy of Muzej Revolucije Narodnosti Jugoslavije / United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)
Memorial to the victims of the Kragujevac massacre
(Courtesy of Dushan)
Footnotes1. Based on the information from "V: Hostages, Reprisals and Collective Measures in the Balkans. Measures Against Partisans and Partisan Areas: (B) Contemporaneous Documents: Partial Translation of Document NOKW-387, Prosecution Exhibit 99: Report to Commanding General in Serbia, 10/29/1941, Concerning Severe Reprisal Measures", in Trials of War Criminals Before the Nuernberg Military Tribunals Under Control Council Law No. 10. Vol. 11: United States of America v. Wilhelm List, et al. (Case 7: 'Hostage Case'). US Government Printing Office, District of Columbia: 1950. pp. 980 et seq.
Sources usedGeorg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945
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