The Death of Jure Francetic

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The Death of Jure Francetic

Post by Ezboard » 30 Sep 2002 19:26

Allen Milcic
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(8/27/01 4:40:43 pm)
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Of interest, regarding the death of Ustase Colonel "Vitez" Jure Francetic, founder and commander of the Ustase Black Legion (Crna Legija):

The newspaper "Hrvatski Narod" [Croatian People], which on March 30, 1943 described the circumstances of the death of Jure Francetic, based on the investigation conducted by the Ministry of Armed Forces [of NDH].
"Hrvatski Narod" wrote the following: "Ustashe colonel Jure Francetic headed to Lika from Zagreb on December 22 1942, to conduct his Ustashe and military duties. Ustashe Colonel Francetic flew to Lika in an aircraft piloted by Mija Abicic and was supposed to take over the command of armed forces there upon his arrival.

"Due to an engine failure, the aircraft had to land near the village of Mocilo near Slunj. At the time partisans were stationed in that village. Following the orders of Colonel Francetic, Abicic disabled the aircraft immediately after the landing and drained the oil and fuel from the tanks. After that, Francetic, armed by a machine gun and Abicic, using Francetic's hand gun, headed towards the nearby forest, hoping to break through the enemy lines and reach the closest free settlement.

"They were spotted immediately after the landing and attacked by a larger Partisan group, which was at about 300 meters away from them. Colonel Francetic kept the Partisans at that distance, firing at them from time to time. However, Abicic was wounded in the right side of his belly and Francetic tried to assist him. On that occasion Francetic was also wounded in his belly, but in spite of that he kept firing at the Partisans who were closing in until he ran out of ammunition, after which he disabled his machine gun. Attacked by the incoming mob, Colonel Francetic was hit on the head five times. Unconscious and wounded, he was sent together with Abicic the same day to Slunj, where his wounds were treated... Ustashe Colonel Francetic, an Ustashe veteran, a great Croatian patriot, courageous soldier and extremely capable officer, thus lay his young life on the altar of the homeland."

Continuing the story about Francetic, "Hrvatski Narod" carries the news that Poglavnik [the leader] Ante Pavelic posthumously decorated Francetic and promoted him into a knight. The same day the authorities of the NDH proclaimed national mourning that went on for eight days. In early April, two commemorative masses were held for Francetic.

Volunteers and Domobrans of the Slunj regiment in 1943 erected a monument to Jure Francetic, the commander of the Black Legion, who was at times assisted in this capacity by Rafael Boban. The monument was carved from stone. At the top of the monument there was a cross and a wooden plaque was mounted on the side of the monument. After three months, the monument was destroyed by the [Partisan] brigade led by Hamdija Pozderac, claims Hazler. He avers that the new monument is a copy of the old one, except that it was made from sturdier material. The plaque was produced by company "Signal M" in Zagreb.

Francetic's name was mentioned rarely after the war. A book published in 1973 in Belgrade under the title "The so-called NDH", written by Mladen Colic, mentions Jure Francetic as the founder of the Black Legion, who together with Anto Vokic immediately started forming Ustashe units in Sarajevo and its surroundings..."

AM



Mislav Miholek
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(8/27/01 7:40:05 pm)
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As far as I know, when the aeroplane crashed, there wasn't any "partisan group", but group of local Serb peseants and they used their tools to beat the hell out of him ... when Croatian Partisans came and realised who the guy in Ustasha uniform was , they took him and fast as they can transport him to Slunj , to Partisan hospital in which two doctors tried to save his life /they could get 100 communits for Francetic/ ... but it was too late ...

Many modern Croatian historians think and there are proof that Pavelic /quisling, dictator/ order to get rid off Francetic because of his popularity.



Pozdrav iz slobodnog kraljevskog grada Zagreba !

Allen Milcic
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(8/27/01 8:23:47 pm)
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Bok Mislav:

There may be some truth to the Pavelic conspiracy angle; take, for example, the fact that Maks Luburic traded a major Communist player like Hebrang back to the Partisans for 3 minor (no-name) Ustasa politicians, but NEVER was an offer made to the Partisans for the return of Francetic, before it was known that he's dead. It has also never been explained who sabotaged the plane. Kvaternik suspected Pavelic's wife (!) of being behind the plot.

AM


Allen Milcic
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(8/27/01 9:36:09 pm)
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Mislav:

I recommend the book "Povlacenje 1945, krivci i zrtve"; excellent collection of autobiographical stories of Croatian soldiers that survived the retreat of May, 1945.

Litmanen
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(8/27/01 10:44:45 pm)
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I too (though I´m not of Croatian heritage) am very interested in the Croatian history, can you Allen or Mislav tell if there´s a good book on the Croatian units which fought in Stalingrad?

Thanks: L

BTW, totally off the topic, I dont know if you follow footie :) but Mislav do you know where Davor Suker plays these days ? I´m a huge fan of his but havent heard anything about the guy in months..

Mislav Miholek
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(8/28/01 2:25:06 am)
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Max Luburic relased Hebrang ? Can't be. There was documentry about Andrija Hebrang and his role in Croatian History. He was relased by Mile Budak which said to him "Guard Croatia as best as you can" ... Mile Budak je bio najnormalniji od svih njih ... procitaj Mestroviceve i Macekove /Mestrovicevi su bolji/ ... sta je Budak nagovorio o Pavelicu ...


Suker ? As far as I know , he was in West Ham .







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Litmanen
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(8/28/01 8:18:10 pm)
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Not anymore, he had a bad season and decided to part ways with Hammers.

Allen Milcic
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(8/28/01 8:45:55 pm)
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Litmanen:

There was a recent book on the battle of Stalingrad written by Hans Wijers that has an excellent chapter on the Croats at Stalingrad (and it includes a modest contribution from myself) :-). The book has only been published in German, so far, but an updated version will be published in English in December of this year (and includes some excellent photographs). Other books on this topic that are worth anything are, so far, available only in Croatian.

As for Suker, it is my understanding that he is playing in Spain (?).

Mislav:

I read the Luburic/Hebrang/Pavelic information the other day, in the memoirs of Marinko Polic. He may have been mistaken, but seeing as he had much contact with psycho-Luburic, he may be on the ball.

Kind regards to both of you,

Allen Milcic


Mislav Miholek
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(8/28/01 9:26:51 pm)
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Suker,
he is mostly these days occupied with his Football Academy for youngsters and playing for national team,

Hebrang-Budak,

After some thinking I'm sure that Budak was responsible for releasing/trading Hebrang.

Pozdrav iz slobodnog kraljevskog grada Zagreba !

Allen Milcic
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(8/28/01 9:45:39 pm)
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Mislav:

Slavko Kvaternik, Pavelic's biggest critic amongst the NDH elite, had little good to say about Budak. He considered Budak to be little more than a puppet on Pavelic's strings (and we both know Kvaternik's opinion of the Poglavnik!). Pavelic and, especially, his wife continuously put Budak down over the years, even during the Italian exile pre-NDH. Kvaternik thought that Budak was a spineless coward for allowing this to go on. He was also extremely upset at Budak for supporting the accords that gave away sacred Croatian soil to Mussolini and his clowns.

I'll have to go through Polic's memoirs again to find the passus on Hebrang, and I'll quote it verbatim here for you as soon as I can. (I'm not claiming that Polic is right, I just think that you may be interested in hearing another possible twist within the story of the NDH).

Pozdrav iz tudjine,

Allen Milcic


Mislav Miholek
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(8/29/01 3:04:25 pm)
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Hm, Mestrovic and Macek both wrote down Budak's obversations about Italians and Pavelic which were everything but positive. Mestrovic is describing how Kvaternik tried to get him out prison via Pero Blaskovic. When Kvaternik /Field Marshal/ came to Savska prison and was ready to relased Mestrovic, Kvaternik Junior /Secret Service Chieff/ came and shouted at his father and Mestrovic stayed in Savska prison in Zagreb.

Uzivaj ! /ovo u zagradam je za one koji citaju/






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Momo
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(9/3/01 2:48:06 am)
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Try reading the book from Axis Europa, For Croatia and Christ. It's has some good info and a bit on the Croats in Stalingrad.

Momo

Eugen Kvaternik
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(12/9/01 4:45:01 am)
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Once again, you people have been blinded by Yugoslav hogwash. Mestrovic and Macek were nothing more than Yugo-communist puppets, possibly spies and spent their time in the States spreading anti-Croat socialist lies, putting down the positives that came out of the NDH era, and aspiring to a loose confederation of southeastern European states, similar to the Yugoslavia that existed, except for the fact that they wanted more autonomy for Croatia so that they could spread their intenational socialism amongst the masses. Please do not continue quoting people that were vehemently opposed to the NDH government and the Catholic Church, because its only making Communist propaganda seem like a legitimate source of Croatian historical study!

Cecilia1959
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(12/24/01 2:58:53 am)
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For Allen Milcic - I'd be grateful if you would tell me where you read Marinko Polic's memoir's. Was it in the book"Povlacenje 1945, krivci i zrtve" you mentioned above? Thank you!

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