25 August 2015

Intro


An apolitical history blog about the German troops that operated in the territory of the former Yugoslavia during the political, civil and world war of 1941–1945. The blog title itself is sarcastic and contains the original German term for counter-guerrilla warfare: "Bandenkampf", the bandit-fighting. Refusing to recognise the legitimacy of guerrilla forces, the Germans persistently referred to them as bandit gangs – even after these initially small units grew into real armies. At the same time, the term "bandit-fighting" was abused as an excuse for the destruction of entire settlements, the mass killing of civilians and the implementation of the Holocaust. German war propaganda gave little importance and attention to Yugoslav guerrillas, even though entire divisions and corps were formed in an attempt to destroy them. This is a story about those units, military operations, war crimes and many interesting, but often morbid individuals. The general aim of the blog is an impartial view of the war that is persistently perceived solely through the blurred prisms of the conflicting political parties and peoples blinded by hatred, while in the wider world it is unfairly neglected. All enclosed information has been thoroughly checked, by comparing the available documents of all warring sides, along with the testimonies of veterans and eyewitnesses – without diminishing or increasing anyone's guilt or merit, ignoring or justifying proven crimes and without recriminations on the basis of mere belonging to a nation, a political party or a military unit.

Welcome!

Ivan Ž.



Apolitičko-istorijski blog o nemačkim trupama koje su operisale na prostoru bivše Jugoslavije za vreme političkog, građanskog i svetskog rata 1941–1945. Sam naslov bloga je sarkastičan, i sadrži originalni nemački termin za borbu protiv ustanika: "Bandenkampf", borba protiv bandi. Ne priznajući legitimnost ustaničkih snaga, Nemci su ih uporno nazivali bandama – čak i nakon što su ove isprva male jedinice prerasle u prave vojske. Istovremeno, termin "borba protiv bandi" zloupotrebljavan je i kao izgovor za uništavanje čitavih naselja, masovno ubijanje civila i sprovođenje holokausta. Nemačka ratna propaganda pridavala je malo značaja i pažnje jugoslovenskim ustanicima, iako su u pokušaju njihovog uništenja formirane čitave divizije i korpusi. Ovo je priča o tim jedinicama, vojnim operacijama, ratnim zločinima i mnogim zanimljivim, ali često morbidnim pojedincima. Opšti cilj bloga je jedan nepristrasan prikaz rata koji je uporno sagledavan isključivo kroz mutne prizme sukobljenih političkih partija i mržnjom zaslepljenih naroda, dok je u širem svetu nepravedno zapostavljan. Sve priložene informacije proveravane su temeljno, upoređivanjem raspoloživih dokumenata svih zaraćenih strana, uz svedočanstva veterana i očevidaca – bez umanjivanja ili uveličavanja bilo čije krivice ili zasluga, ignorisanja ili pravdanja dokazanih zločina i bez optuživanja na osnovu puke pripadnosti naciji, političkoj partiji ili vojnoj jedinici.

Dobrodošli!

Ivan Ž.