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0166 | Photo | SS-Freiwilligen-Division "Prinz Eugen"



Operation "Kopaonik". The SS Division "Prinz Eugen" sets off into its first action. The objective: destruction of the Chetnik Rasina Corps, led by Major Dragutin Keserović. The troops are supervised by SS-Gruppenführer Artur Phleps, division commander (right), SS-Standartenführer Stefan Hedrich, infantry leader (centre), and SS-Gruppenführer August Meyszner, SS and Police Commander in Serbia (left). Standing on the far right is SS-Untersturmführer Anton Wickl, commander of the War Correspondent Platoon. The operation was a failure, and the Chetnik corps escaped the encirclement; only the civilian population suffered the destruction – and in the most brutal ways too, which included beating the babies with rifle butts to death.

Text © Ivan Ž.

Photographer: Homann.
Date: October 1942.
Location: unknown, Yugoslavia.
Original caption: unknown.

File source: The SS-Kriegsberichter Archive / National Archives and Records Administration.
Number: KB Homann 325 / unknown.

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Operacija "Kopaonik". SS-divizija "Princ Eugen" polazi u svoju prvu akciju. Cilj: uništenje četničkog Rasinskog korpusa, pod vođstvom majora Dragutina Keserovića. Vojsku nadgledaju SS-grupenfirer Artur Fleps, komandant divizije (desno), SS-štandartenfirer Štefan Hedrih, vođa pešadije (sredina), i SS-grupenfirer August Majsner, komandant SS-a i policije u Srbiji (levo). Sasvim desno stoji SS-unteršturmfirer Anton Vikl, komandir ratno-dopisničkog voda. Operacija je doživela neuspeh, i četnički korpus je obruč izbegao; uništenje je snašlo samo civilno stanovništvo – i to na najbrutalnije načine, koji su uključivali i kundačenje beba do smrti.

Tekst © Ivan Ž.

Fotograf: Homan.
Datum: oktobar 1942.
Mesto: nepoznato, Jugoslavija.
Originalni natpis: nepoznat.

Izvor fajla: The SS-Kriegsberichter Archive / National Archives and Records Administration.
Broj: KB Homann 325 / nepoznat.

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