by H.L. deZeng IV

Date of formation unknown, but early 1942 is suspected. Kupres is located 67 km south of Jajce in Hercegovina. (1)

Operational History

11-12 Aug 42: local militia from the Battalion together with troops from the Ustasha “Black Legion” successfully defended Kupres against a concerted attack by elements of four Partisan brigades.
May 43: Kupres with 4 companies.
9 Aug 43: Kupres under Croatian III Corps (HQ Sarajevo).
Jun 44: Bn. HQ with 1st – 4th Co. now in Travnik with 477 men under I Ustasha Brigade.
25 Jul 44: all or elements of the Battalion identified in Donji Vakuf.
4 Sep 44: 1st Co. in Komar/20 km WSW of Travnik attached to the Mobile Brigade (Brzi zdrug).
13-14 Sep 44: Bn. lost 5 killed and 12 wounded when the town of Turbe was taken by elements of the Partisan 10th Assault Division.
20-22 Oct 44: Bn. in Travnik - the town was attacked and overrun by units of Partisan 5th Corps. The Battalion was destroyed in the fighting and very few men are believed to have survived.




1. Vrančić, Vjekoslav - Postrojenje i Brojčano Stanje Hrvatskih Oružanih Snaga u Godinama 1941-1945, in: Godišnjak hrvatsko domobrana 1953 (Buenos Aires: 1953); [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Zbornik dokumenata i podataka o narodnooslobodilačkom ratu jugoslovenskih naroda, Tom IV/27, p.464; IV/29, pp.678 and 698; [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Hronologija oslobodilačke borbe naroda jugoslavije 1941-1945 (Belgrade, 1964), p.319; [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Oslobodilački rat naroda Juooslavije 1941-1945, 2 Vols (Belgrade: 1965), vol. II, p.439; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-821 roll 448/682).

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