03 January 2016

0122 | Photo | SS-Freiwilligen-Division "Prinz Eugen"



Operation "Black". Members of the 2nd Regiment, SS Division "Prinz Eugen", with captured Herzegovinian Chetniks (members of the Trebinje Corps) in Stolac, at the very beginning of the operation; according to the original report from that day, the group was disarmed without greater resistance. The division's chronicler (and one of its four commanders), SS-Brigadeführer Otto Kumm, described the Chetniks in the following words (a quotation from his book "Forward, Prinz Eugen!"): "[They] wore the old uniform – and a new beard, because they had sworn not to shave until the occupiers were driven from the land. They were royalists and fought for their young King Peter II, but they withdrew to isolated villages and areas and only rarely confronted our units, unless they felt sufficiently strong. Their discipline and armament were relatively good; towards other Yugoslav ethnic and religious groups they were unpredictable, and they often assaulted Croatian villages or Muslim women. As their silent partners, they had the English – and their radio equipment. Sometimes they would move on oxcart or on horseback to a different area, mostly unscathed; we allowed them to pass because, in the long run, their victory would be ours too – being comrades in arms in the fight against communism. The situation was somewhat unclear, they weren't our friends, nor enemies; the situation changed from time to time."

Text © Ivan Ž. / Otto Kumm.

Photographer: Kollik.
Date: 15 May 1943.
Location: Stolac, Yugoslavia.
Original caption: unknown.

File source: The SS-Kriegsberichter Archive / National Archives and Records Administration.
Number: KB Unknown 045 / unknown.

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Operacija "Crno". Pripadnici 2. puka SS-divizije "Princ Eugen" sa zarobljenim hercegovačkim četnicima (pripadnicima Trebinjskog korpusa) u Stocu, na samom početku operacije; prema originalnom izveštaju od tog dana, grupa je razoružana bez većeg otpora. Hroničar divizije (i jedan od njena četiri komandanta), SS-brigadefirer Oto Kum, četnike je opisao sledećim rečima (citat iz njegove knjige "Napred, Princ Eugen!"): "[Nosili su] staru uniformu – i novu bradu, jer su se zakleli da se neće brijati sve dok okupator ne bude oteran iz zemlje. Bili su monarhisti i borili se za svog mladog Kralja Petra II, ali su se povukli u izolovana sela i područja i samo retko se suprotstavljali našim jedinicama, osim kada su se osećali dovoljno snažni. Disciplina i naoružanje su im bili relativno dobri; prema ostalim jugoslovenskim etničkim i verskim grupama bili su nepredvidivi, i često su napadali hrvatska sela ili muslimanske žene. Kao pritajene saveznike imali su Engleze – i njihove radio-uređaje. Ponekad bi se na volovskim zapregama ili na konjima selili u drugo područje, uglavnom neometani; puštali smo ih da prođu jer bi, dugoročno gledano, njihova pobeda bila i naša – kao drugova po oružju u borbi protiv komunizma. Situacija je bila donekle nejasna, nisu bili naši prijatelji, ali ni neprijatelji; situacija se menjala s vremena na vreme."

Tekst © Ivan Ž. / Oto Kum.

Fotograf: Kolik.
Datum: 15. maj 1943.
Mesto: Stolac, Jugoslavija.
Originalni natpis: nepoznat.

Izvor fajla: The SS-Kriegsberichter Archive / National Archives and Records Administration.
Broj: KB Unknown 045 / nepoznat.

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