>Thanks for your kind words, Octavianus.
You deserved them. You have made a fine research work.
>I also had a hunch about him for a while, for obvious reasons >(Timenitz and his surname) but then I've received this great book
>and your posts just motivated me to dig a little deeper.
I am glad my posts here served to you as a kinda of inspiration or motivation.
>Are you sure about the name. There is a certain Stefan Mlinar, >member of the Gebirgsjäger Rgt. 13 (4th Gebirgsjager Division), >who received the Knight's Cross.
Yes, you're right. It is Stefan Mlinar. I don't know, I am not much of expert in Vornamen, but this name does not sound to me much German, and the surname itself sound to me Slovene.
>I think it's going to be a long shot, but I'll try to find more about >him.
I wish you much luck and stamina with your research.
Of course, I you find any info about him, don't hesitate to inform us, OK?
>Sorry, can't help you with that, but I am looking forward to your
Semper idem! It seems I always face a wall whenever I try to do some more deeper research about Slovenes who served in Royal Italian armed forces. I asked so far a dozen of air experts about one Slovene pilot in Regia Aueronautica, who achieved a status of an air ace, but no one seems to know anything about him. Of course, there is also that "always present" problem of Slovene surnames being "italianized", but still the hope is the last to die.
>post about the next Slovene KC holder.
Gratia. I don't to reveal his name here yet, as I am not even sure if he was Slovene or merely a Volksdeutscher, but when I get some more reliable data I will most certainly let you know. I just don't want to raise you here any false hopes (You know what my Romans say about such situations - "FAMA VOLAT") or anything like that, afterall we both are IN EADEM NAVE SUMUS (We are both on the same boot").
>There was an article in Revija Obramba several years back, about >two Slovene KC holders.
I see you are involved in World War II history for quite a few years by now. Are you perhaps a professor, a student or simply a middle age guy who just cannot live without history?
>Primozic was one, do you happen to know who the second guy >was. Was it maybe Mlinar?
No, I don't think your magazine counted Stefan Mlinar as Slovene. Most likely they had in mind the following person:
Generalleutnant JOHANN MICKL, geboren am 18.04.1893 in a small village of Zelting in Österreich. He received his RK as Colonel commanding the 115th Schutz Regiment on 13th December 1941. Later, in March 1943, he also received Eichenlaub while in command of Panzergrenadier Regiment No. 25. He died on the 10 of April 1945 at Vratnik Pass near Fiume (Rijeka) in Croatia, while his column was being ambushed by Yugoslav partisans. At that time he was in command of the 392nd Croat-German Legionary Division.*
* He did not die in Yugoslav Kriegsgefangenschaft as some sources indicate! That's errata, fehler, mistake...
Zelting is a small village on Austrian-Slovene border near Bad Radkersburg respectively Gornja Radgona. I think the Slovenes call it "Zeltinci" or something like that. Mickl, whose family original surname was MIKL was born to Slovene parents, entered K.u.K Military Academy, then germanized himself as many other officers and changed his surname from MIKL into MICKL. If you are World War I and Isonzo Front enthusiast, then you should know more about him as he was in charge of that daring assault on Tschukla mountain near Rombon during winter 1916, when he led a night attack on this mountain, leading his unit, a company of Kärntner of the 1. Klagenfurter Gebirgsschutzregiment, all dressed in white camouflage, through extreme weather conditions - deep snow and high temperature- to take the Italian outpost by complete suprise and then hold up the newly occupied positions for a couple of days, being exposed in the meantime to heavy Italian artillery bombardment and infantry attacks, until finally his exhautsed company was not relieved by "Mujos" from the 4th Bosnische-und-Herzogowinische Regiment. Out of 220 soldiers of his company only some 40 returned unharmed. The rest were either killed or wounded. You can find a story about this attack in any decent Isonzo Front book, like for example in Dr. Vasja Klawora's "Der Blaukreuz".
After the war, he joined the Austrian army in fighting against Slovenes in 1919-1920 and was Officer-in-Charge for Bad Radkersburg area, and also responsible for taking this city from Slovene hands. Later continued his career in Bundesheer and then in Wehrmacht and the rest you know. Interestingly is, that according to Generalmajor Kranjc's article some of his distant relatives still live today in Slovenia, in the area of Slovenske Gorice/Prlekia. Actually I am a bit suprised here that you did not know about him respetively about his Slovene roots.
He was one of the three "Slovenes" I mentioned earlier that achieved the rank of general in the German Army during World War II.
Hope this helped to answer your question.