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Post by K.Kocjancic » 15 Jan 2004 21:22

Anyone has any info on this Btl., which served in OZAK?

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Post by DrG » 16 Jan 2004 18:45

The Italian name of that unit was "Reggimento di volontari friulani Tagliamento" (Regiment of Friuli volunteers Tagliamento; the correct spelling is with "a": Tagliamento).
It was founded by console (= consul = colonel of the Blackshirts) Ermacora Zuliani in Udine shortly after 8 Sept. 1943 (the Armistice). Zuliani occupied the barracks of the 8th Alpini Regiment and, with men of that regiment and from various units, made the Tagliamento. This unit was placed between Gemona and Cividale, near the Bersaglieri Regiment "Mussolini". Its strenght in Feb. 1944 was of 824 men, in March it became a SturmRegiment with 1,500 men and then Polizei Freiwilligen Geb. Jäger Bataillon Tagliamento with 2,000 (or 2,300) men (2 alpini battalions and 1 bersaglieri battalion).
Losses:
KIA and MIA: 720
mutilated and wounded: 608
murdered after the end of the war: 45
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http://www.italia-rsi.org/confiniorient ... entali.htm
http://info.supereva.it/forzearmatersi/ ... ento.htm?p

If you want I may search further info in the tomes of the history of the armed forces fo the RSI by Nino Arena.

NOTE: there was another unit of the RSI called "Tagliamento", but it was a Blackshirts legion.

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Post by K.Kocjancic » 16 Jan 2004 18:47

DrG wrote:If you want I may search further info in the tomes of the history of the armed forces fo the RSI by Nino Arena.
If and when you have some spare time, I would ask you for more info! :D :wink:

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Post by DrG » 16 Jan 2004 18:49

According to this page: http://www.panzer-ozak.it/nuove_info.htm, the command company of the Tagliamento was placed in Tolmino from March 1944 till April 1945.

PS Kocjo, have you read this book: http://www.panzer-ozak.it/index.htm? If you did, what's your opinion of it, please?

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Post by DrG » 16 Jan 2004 18:50

Kocjo wrote:If and when you have some spare time, I would ask you for more info! :D :wink:
Thanks for your help,
Kocjo
:) Probably I'll search late this night, or tomorrow evening. I'm happy I've helped you. :)

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Post by K.Kocjancic » 16 Jan 2004 18:53

DrG wrote:PS Kocjo, have you read this book: http://www.panzer-ozak.it/index.htm? If you did, what's your opinion of it, please?
I've read it and recommend it - BTW. Lots of info and photos. Need-to-have if you are into OZAK.
BTW: Author of the book is also a forum member. :wink:

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Post by DrG » 17 Jan 2004 02:36

I've searched in the books by Arena, but I've not found many info.
In pages 430-431 of the volume "Forze Armate della RSI - 1944" there is the description of an engament fought by the men of Tagliamento against the XIV partizan brigade "Garibaldi-Trieste" and the 19th brigade "Srecko Kossovel" in Montespino (held by 57 men of the 7^/II Btg., commander: ten. Giobatta Brandoni), Prevacina, Valvociana and Monte S.Marco on 24/26 May 1944.
In page 432 it's told that, along with the 3 battalions, the Tagliamento had also a mobile detachment: the "gruppo di combattimento Montenero", commanded by ten. C.M. Squadrelli (a former officer of Julia division). This group had a strenght of about 200/250 men and a good equipment, with many vehicles.
In this photo you may see the commander and founder of Tagliamento, col. Ermacora Zuliani (right, with dark coat), with maj. Guglielmo Grossi, commander of the battalion of Tagliamento in Tolmino:
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Post by DrG » 17 Jan 2004 02:39

Kocjo wrote:I've read it and recommend it - BTW. Lots of info and photos. Need-to-have if you are into OZAK.
BTW: Author of the book is also a forum member. :wink:
Thank you for the info, I think I'll read it. :)

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Post by K.Kocjancic » 17 Jan 2004 07:14

Thank you also for data!

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Post by Polynike » 19 Jan 2004 13:24

Pardon the intrusion but what exactly is OZAK? is it croatia or yugoslavia?

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Post by K.Kocjancic » 19 Jan 2004 13:27

Polynike wrote:Pardon the intrusion but what exactly is OZAK? is it croatia or yugoslavia?
OZAK - Operations-Zone Adriatisches Küstenland - it was on Croatian, Slovene and Italian teritorry from '43 - '45.

Use forums search (just put OZAK in) and you'll find all info that you need.

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Post by DrG » 19 Jan 2004 14:40

Polynike wrote:Pardon the intrusion but what exactly is OZAK? is it croatia or yugoslavia?
After the Italian armistice of 8 Sept. 1943, the part of Italy occupied by Germany became part of the RSI (Repubblica Sociale Italiana) of Mussolini, but some provinces of North-East Italy were under German control (though still under formal Italian sovereignity) and were called OZAV (Operations Zone Alpen Vorland; provinces of Bolzano, Trento and Belluno) and OZAK (provinces of Udine, Gorizia, Trieste, Lubiana, Pola and Fiume), formally created on 1st Oct. 1943.
Map of the OZAK:
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PS Kocjo, do you know what is the meaning of those borders within the OZAK? It looks like it was divided into 3 "provinces": Udine + Gorizia, Trieste + Pola + pre-1941 Fiume, Lubiana + annexed in 1941 Fiume.

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Post by K.Kocjancic » 19 Jan 2004 18:31

Provinz Laibach was never under OZAK, but under Rösener.

OZAK had 5 Provinzen:
- Udine,
- Görz,
- Triest,
- Fiume and
- Pola.

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Post by K.Kocjancic » 19 Jan 2004 18:40

Another info, that I found:
Landschutz-Alpini-Rgt. "Tagliomento" (20.1.'45):
- I. Alpini-Btl (Tolmein)
- II. Alpini-Btl. (Montespino)

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Post by DrG » 19 Jan 2004 22:02

Kocjo wrote:Provinz Laibach was never under OZAK, but under Rösener.
This is new for me. As shown in that map, and in other maps I've seen, Lubiana/Ljubljana/Laibach was in the OZAK. I'm quite confused. :?

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