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Post by Dolenc » 04 Sep 2007 03:23

The Battle of Drazgose

The battle of Drazgose was fought out between some 200 partisan fighters and around 2,000 German soldiers from 9 to 12 January 1942. After three days of unsuccessfully trying to bring down the partisans, German troops retreated having lost over a hundred soldiers. They took revenge for the defeat on the residents of the village Drazgose, killing 41 civilians on the spot. The village was then blown up and levelled with ground, and all the remaining inhabitants were driven out. Some 5,000 people gathered at today's memorial ceremony.

Drazgose, a small village perched on the slopes of the Selca Valley near the town of Zelezniki, is a place of great historical significance.
On 9th January, 1942 it bore witness to one of the worst atrocities of the Second World War as well as to one of the most important battles between the German occupation forces and the local resistance. After a series of fierce gunfights in the nearby hills, a group of resistance fighters, known as Cankar’s battalion, retreated into the Selska Valley and sought shelter in the village of Drazgose.
Determined to flush out their prey, the numerically superior Germans began pounding Drazgose with heavy artillery as a prelude to an all out assault on the village. The resistance fighters refused to retreat and what followed was the first direct military confrontation of the Second World War between Slovenian and German forces. Poorly equipped, with no artillery and a very small number of machine guns, the local fighters exploited the only advantage they had to the nth degree. Strategically positioned snipers and machine gun nests on and around Bicek’s rock successfully repelled the German assault. Unable to make use of either their numerical superiority or their modern armaments, the three-day battle cost the German Army far more than the one hundred men that it lost. The aura of invincibility had also been shattered. Nine partisans were killed in the process and the rest were forced to seek refuge higher in the hills. Despite the appalling weather conditions they later regrouped on Jelovica plateau, where the battalion lost 12 more men before retreating further west.
When the Germans eventually occupied Drazgose and found that their quarry had eluded them, they vented their frustrations by rounding up the innocent villagers and executing 41 of them on the spot. The rest were made to standby and watch as their town was burnt to the ground.
The battle revealed that the Slovenian Army was in no position to engage in open warfare with the occupying forces, so they reinvented themselves and until 1943, when Italy capitulated, they engaged the enemy in a guerrilla war instead. After then, the Allies saw to it that the Slovenian Army was properly outfitted and by May 1945 it soldiers had liberated the nation.
The battle of Drazgose was a remarkable display of courage, will and defiance against a merciless and previously unassailable enemy and was at the time the greatest resistance battle in the heart of occupied Europe.
This event is commemorated every year by a 38-kilometre march that follows the same path from Pasja Ravan to Drazgose that the partisans took 54 years ago. Moreover, this march is undertaken at night and it culminates in a huge celebration in front of the monument erected in honour of Cankar’s battalion just outside of Drazgose. This year over 350 people tackled the march, which starts at midnight and usually takes ten hours to complete. Another 170 mountaineers came the opposite way across from Ratitovec, which demands the same effort and partly follows the route by which the battalion continued its march from Drazgose. The tradition of remembrance lives on, and no matter what the circumstances, it remains strong enough to gather over five hundred people each year in a march and thousands more to the service and celebration afterwards.

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Drazgose today
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Bicek’s rock .....

Na Bičkovo skalo je vzidana plošča z napisom:

V DRAŽGOŠKI BITKI JE BILA BIČKOVA SKALA

BOJNI POLOŽAJ BIČKOVEGA VODA. NA TEM

POLOŽAJU SO BORCI 9., 10. IN 11. JANUARJA

1942 USPEŠNO ODBIJALI NAPADE SOVRAŽNIKA.
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http://24ur.com/naslovnica/index.php

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Post by streljko1 » 15 Sep 2007 13:06

Brandenburg commandos in action against partisans, Dalmatia 1944:
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Brandenburg commandos with captured partisans, Skradin,Dalmatia, may 1944:
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From http://www.bild.bundesarchiv.de/

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Post by BKG » 15 Sep 2007 17:55

very interesting post Dolenc !

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Post by G. Trifkovic » 24 Sep 2007 04:06

Some intersting photos from wartime Serbia, taken from http://www.pogledi.co.yu/diskusije/viewtopic.php?t=8180&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0.

Author claims they come from "People's museum" in Sabac, Serbia and depict Ljotic's volunteers and Germans.

1.)Members of SDK/SFK gloating over a vanquished enemy :D:
2.)"Banditenjagd" operation is nearing to its victorious end:
3.)Todor Stanislavljevic, an officer of the SDK, always on the chase...

The author of the posts raises the issue of death skull insignia on collars of the Volunteers (to be seen on Stanislavljevic photo), calling them "the SS symbol". It seems to me it is not the SS skull, but rather an original SDK shape. Is anybody acquainted with the uniforms and insignias of the SDK?
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Post by G. Trifkovic » 24 Sep 2007 04:16

Counter-insurgency in Serbia:
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Post by Ivan Ž. » 27 Sep 2007 09:45

rommel_gaj wrote:The author of the posts raises the issue of death skull insignia on collars of the Volunteers (to be seen on Stanislavljevic photo), calling them "the SS symbol". It seems to me it is not the SS skull, but rather an original SDK shape.

Well, not SS, that's for sure.
(maybe even pre-war insignia?)

Excellent photos!

Keep up the good work :wink:
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Post by G. Trifkovic » 28 Sep 2007 13:15

Keep up the good work
Ivan


I'll answer in a old-fashioned army style: "Staracu se, gospodine!" :)

New photos from "Slobodnajugoslavija" forum:

1.)"Daily worker", January 16 1945;
2.)Burial of Pero Cetkovic, commander of the 3rd shock division, who was killed around Nevesinje,Herzegowvina, while fighting chetniks in March 1943. His first post as an officer in 1929 was Nevesinje...;
3.)Partisan wounded being evacuated from Montenegro, August 1944;
4.)German prisoners (I think Serbia 1941.):

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Post by G. Trifkovic » 28 Sep 2007 13:26

Another few, with motives from "Operation Weiss" January -March '43:
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Post by G. Trifkovic » 28 Sep 2007 13:32

Faces of war:

1.) Politkom of the 5th Montenegrin Bde, Dragisa Ivanovic;
2.) Operation "Schwarz"...;
3.)...;
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Post by G. Trifkovic » 28 Sep 2007 14:03

1.) Delnice-Lokve 11/24/41.;
2.)Turopolje-Petcenica 5/1/43.;
3.) "The only train in Yugoslavia which is 100% sure not to run into an ambush":partisan train in "Bihac Republic":
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Post by G. Trifkovic » 06 Nov 2007 14:43

These photos come from

http://www.kolekcionari.com/viewtopic.php?t=526&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

and depict a parade held in Zagreb (when exactly?):

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Post by Dolenc » 30 Nov 2007 04:28

Slovenia,stajerska 1944

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Post by Dolenc » 10 Jan 2008 04:32

Partisans Cankarjeve brigade, maj 1943
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Slovene Home Guard december 1943 Ljubljana
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Rupnik(Slovene Home Guard)- propaganda
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liberation Lenart
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Wehrmacht v Bledu
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Slovene Home Guard and prisoner
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civilian hanged by germans Ljubelj 1941
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Partisan prisoner of war hanged by germans Kranj september 1943
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Celje castle
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V smrt za svobodo! -Celje, 7.XI.1942
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Re: Pictures from Yugoslavia 1941-1945: take a look!

Post by G. Trifkovic » 03 May 2008 15:45

This time not photos, but videos; Two German "Wochenschau" clips, depicting operations in Bosnia in 1944 and in Montenegro in 1943:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ojz9eFtuScM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avYkeqqybG8

Enjoy,

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Re: Pictures from Yugoslavia 1941-1945: take a look!

Post by FRANCY RITTER » 30 May 2008 09:09

Hello dear Friends!! :)
Some interesting pictures , from this site ..Vladan Vasiljevic

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With Mercedes VK170
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