25 November 2016

0198 | Photo | SS-Freiwilligen-Division "Prinz Eugen"



Operation "White". On the morning of 3 March 1943, the entire SS Division "Prinz Eugen" headed towards Bosansko Grahovo, which was resiliently, yet hopelessly, defended by the newly-formed Partisan X Krajina Brigade (of the X Krajina Division). The Germans attacked with artillery, tanks and mortars, while many of the Partisans had only rifles – with about fifteen bullets at their disposal, which had to be used wisely. The city was captured on the same day by the division's 2nd regiment, led by SS-Obersturmbannführer Schmidhuber (however, already at the end of the same month, after the departure of the German troops, the Partisans returned to Grahovo). Pictured, an endless column of the "Prinz Eugen" Division advances towards Bosansko Grahovo; seen in the background is one of the staff cars (BMW 321), with the divisional insignia on its left fender (an Odal rune in a circle) and the insignia of motorised mountain division headquarters on the right one (a division headquarters flag, mountain and wheels).

Text © Ivan Ž.

Photographer: Kuch.
Date: 3 March 1943.
Location: unknown (Bosansko Grahovo), Yugoslavia.
Original caption: unknown.

File source: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 69859.

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Operacija "Belo". Ujutro 3. marta 1943. godine, cela SS-divizija "Princ Eugen" se uputila prema Bosanskom Grahovu, koje je žilavo, mada beznadežno, branila novoformirana partizanska X krajiška brigada (X krajiške divizije). Nemci su napadali artiljerijom, tenkovima i minobacačima, dok su mnogi od partizana imali samo puške – sa petnaestak metaka na raspolaganju, koje su morali mudro trošiti. Grad je istog dana zauzeo 2. puk divizije, pod vođstvom SS-oberšturmbanfirera Šmidhubera (međutim, već krajem istog meseca, po odlasku nemačkih trupa, u Grahovo su se vratili partizani). Na slici, nepregledna kolona "Princ Eugen" divizije nastupa prema Bosanskom Grahovu; u drugom planu se vidi jedan od štabnih automobila (BMW 321), sa oznakom divizije na levom krilu (zaokružena runa odal), i oznakom motorizovanih štabova brdskih divizija na desnom (divizijska štabna zastavica, planina i točkovi).

Tekst © Ivan Ž.

Fotograf: Kuh.
Datum: 3. mart 1943.
Mesto: nepoznato (Bosansko Grahovo), Jugoslavija.
Originalni natpis: nepoznat.

Izvor fajla: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 69859.

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