Mobilisation for the Handschar Division,Bosnia 1943

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Huska
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Mobilisation for the Handschar Division,Bosnia 1943

Post by Huska » 03 Apr 2019 21:44

Hi community! According to the book Ustaska Vojnica some people were forced to go to the handzar divizion.
Here is the part from the bok i was talking about : "Although the local imams supported the departure of young people into SS units, in some parts of the NDH recruitment did not go as planned. In Travnik, the Germans rushed to the local mosque and took with them all the muslims in the Jemat who could serve in the Handzar Division. A large number of these people escaped from the division in the next few days. There were also a large number of those who belonged to the Homeland and Ustasha units who ran out of service in SS units because the wages and dress were better than those in the Croatian army. However, in order to form a division, it was necessary to separate two complete Ustasha soldiers (XXIII and XXVIII battalions of the 1st standing active association)."


Is this true?
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Re: Mobilisation for the Handschar Division,Bosnia 1943

Post by balkanguy44 » 04 Apr 2019 06:41

Hello, Huska

Yes, many men were forced to join the “Handschar” Division.

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Re: Mobilisation for the Handschar Division,Bosnia 1943

Post by Huska » 04 Apr 2019 09:19

Thanks.
What would happen to the People that refused to go? :|
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Re: Mobilisation for the Handschar Division,Bosnia 1943

Post by balkanguy44 » 04 Apr 2019 11:39

I have never read that people refused to join the division. It’s known that many just escaped during the night.
But you can imagine what happened to these men who refused to go with the Germans.

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