01 September 2017

0252 | Photo | SS-Freiwilligen-Division "Prinz Eugen"



Operation "Black". The disgruntled commander of the Italian troops, Divisional General Ercole Roncaglia (on the far left), sees off the commander of the German troops and the leader of the operation, General Lüters (on the plane, not pictured), at the Podgorica airport, after their meeting (i.e. argument: Roncaglia wanted complete control over the operation, which Lüters, of course, did not allow). Standing next to the Italian general are German liaison officers, Oberleutnant Kurt Waldheim (future Secretary-General of the United Nations and President of Austria) and his boss, Oberst Joachim Macholz. Looking in Lüters' direction on the far right is SS-Gruppenführer Artur Phleps, commander of the SS Division "Prinz Eugen", whose units entered Podgorica (the seat of Roncaglia's corps) the previous day.

Text © Ivan Ž.

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

File source: The SS-Kriegsberichter Archive / National Archives and Records Administration.
Number: KB Kollik 066 / unknown.

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Operacija "Crno". Nezadovoljni komandant italijanskih trupa, divizijski general Erkole Ronkalja (sasvim levo), ispraća komandanta nemačkih trupa i vođu operacije, generala Litersa (van kadra, u avionu), na podgoričkom aerodromu, po završetku njihovog sastanka (tj. prepirke: Ronkalja je želeo potpunu kontrolu nad operacijom, što Liters, naravno, nije dozvolio). Pored italijanskog generala stoje nemački oficiri za vezu, natporučnik Kurt Valdhajm (budući generalni sekretar Ujedinjenih nacija i predsednik Austrije) i njegov šef, pukovnik Joahim Maholc. Sasvim desno u Litersovom pravcu gleda SS-grupenfirer Artur Fleps, komandant SS-divizije "Princ Eugen", čije su jedinice u Podgoricu (sedište Ronkaljinog korpusa) ušle prethodnog dana.

Tekst © Ivan Ž.

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

Izvor fajla: The SS-Kriegsberichter Archive / National Archives and Records Administration.
Broj: KB Kollik 066 / nepoznat.

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