23 March 2016

0146 | Photo | SS-Freiwilligen-Division "Prinz Eugen"



Operation "Black". The commander of German Troops in Croatia, General Rudolf Lüters, inspects the honour guard of the III Battalion, 2nd Regiment, SS Division "Prinz Eugen", in Podgorica, before meeting with the Italian commander, Divisional General Ercole Roncaglia. He is accompanied by the division commander, SS-Gruppenführer Artur Phleps (on the far left), and the battalion commander, SS-Hauptsturmführer Otto Meckelburg (his battalion, together with an artillery battery, armoured company and an engineer and two anti-aircraft platoons, came to the city to help out the Italians, who suffered heavy losses from the Partisans). The photograph was taken at the corner of the Njegoš and Vučedol Street, in front of the Bank of Montenegro. This building, as well as almost entire Podgorica, would soon be destroyed, in numerous Allied bombings.

Text © Ivan Ž.

Photographer: Kollik.
Date: 22 May 1943.
Location: Podgorica, Yugoslavia.
Original caption: unknown.

File source: National Archives, 242-JRP-45-41-28.

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Operacija "Crno". Komandant nemačkih trupa u Hrvatskoj, general Rudolf Liters, vrši smotru počasne čete III bataljona 2. puka SS-divizije "Princ Eugen" u Podgorici, pred susret sa italijanskim komandantom, divizijskim generalom Erkolom Ronkaljom. Prate ga komandant divizije, SS-grupenfirer Artur Fleps (sasvim levo), i komandant bataljona, SS-hauptšturmfirer Oto Mekelburg (njegov bataljon je, zajedno sa jednom artiljerijskom baterijom, oklopnom četom i jednim inžinjerijskim i dva protivavionska voda, u grad došao da bi priskočio u pomoć Italijanima, kojima su partizani nanosili teške gubitke). Fotografija je snimljena na uglu Njegoševe i Vučedolske ulice, ispred Crnogorske banke. Ova će zgrada – kao i skoro cela Podgorica – uskoro biti uništena, u mnogobrojnim savezničkim bombardovanjima.

Tekst © Ivan Ž.

Fotograf: Kolik.
Datum: 22. maj 1943.
Mesto: Podgorica, Jugoslavija.
Originalni natpis: nepoznat.

Izvor fajla: National Archives, 242-JRP-45-41-28.

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