Serbian Chetniks in cooperation with axis during WW2

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Post by Ivan Ž. » 02 Jun 2005 08:34

By the way, Gaius do you know the real reason for mass executions in Kragujevac etc...?

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Post by G. Trifkovic » 02 Jun 2005 08:38

Wasn't it the deaths of German soldiers (from,among others,signal regiment 724) caused by ustanik activities?

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Post by Ivan Ž. » 02 Jun 2005 08:46

Yes, dear partisans with their friends cetniks (at the time).

But did they just kill Germans? No...
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Post by Ivan Ž. » 02 Jun 2005 09:54

Since the link Gaius has posted is in Serbian language, i'll post some info about
the battle for Krusevac.
(sources for info / photos: "Album srpskih cetnika gen.D.Mihailovica u 1000 slika")

In October 14th 1944. JVuO (cetnik) colonel Dragutin Keserovic and American lieutnant Elsford Cramer
had negotiations with German command of Krusevac. They have asked Germans for nonconditional surrender.
(Cramer confirmed all this under oath in New York court, 1946.)
Germans haven't accepted it, so Cramer contacted Soviets which were coming from Stalac direction.
Soviets wanted to attack the town themselfs, with guns.
Cramer thought that wouldn't be such a good idea, because lots of inocent civillians would die of granates.
His idea was to attack, with cetniks, Germans from back in more guerilla-style.
Soviets agreed and gave them two hours to finish the job, which they did.
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Post by Ivan Ž. » 02 Jun 2005 09:57

Germans and white-guard Russians (2nd photo) are running out of Krusevac.
On 3rd photo is also one Nedic's officer.
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Post by Ivan Ž. » 02 Jun 2005 10:00

People of Krusevac with their priest Dusan Vesic with American, Soviet and Serbian flag.
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Post by Ivan Ž. » 02 Jun 2005 10:02

Keserovic's cetniks are greeting American flag
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Post by Ivan Ž. » 02 Jun 2005 10:04

Keserovic with US lieutnant Elsford Cramer and two Nedic's officers which came to fight on cetnik's side
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Post by Ivan Ž. » 02 Jun 2005 10:06

Keserovic with Soviet officer and Cramer on balcony of Paris hotel in Krusevac.
During the speeches, even Soviet officer shouted "Long live the King Peter II!"
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Post by Ivan Ž. » 02 Jun 2005 10:10

1st photo: citizents of Krusevac are greeting cetniks.
2nd photo: citizents of Krusevac are not greeting partisans, that entered town last.
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Post by Ivan Ž. » 02 Jun 2005 10:16

What happened later...
When the cetniks first met with Soviet soldiers, it was a touching site:
huging, kissing and all that "brother Russians", "brother Serbs" etc.
But, after the speeches, Soviets started with arresting of cetniks and even Elsford Cramer, which was arrested together with German oberst von Schewaleri and leutnant Heinemann, which, of course, made him very angry.
(Keserovic escaped through a bathroom window :lol: ).
After that, partisans entered the town, and not long after, they started mass executions of Serbs...

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Post by Ivan Ž. » 02 Jun 2005 10:39

And now some funny communist facts:

caption for 1st photo: "cetnik and his victim" (book "Ne osecam se krivim")
Does this guy with a wig look like a cetnik or some actor from a low-budget movie.
And why is his "victim" laughing (and moving his left arm)? Death is funny? Silly...

caption for 2nd photo: "cetnik cutthroat called "Koreja"..." (book about cetniks, by Latas-Dzelebdzic, page 369)
Well, if these cetniks are murdering their machine-gunner,
than those Division Azul men (3rd photo) are killing their comrade too... Silly again...
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Post by Ivan Ž. » 02 Jun 2005 11:24

OK, and now some photos of cetniks with allies for a change.

1st photo: JVuO (cetnik) major Petar Bacovic (second from right with British cap)
and Aleksandar Aksentijevic (with grey beard)
having a lunch with American pilots in village Pranjani, 1944.

2nd photo: American pilots peacefully resting in one cetnik shelter.

(sources: Radomir Petrovic -Kent (cetnik leader), "Cetnici istocne Srbije")
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Post by Ivan Ž. » 02 Jun 2005 11:28

American captain George Musulin.
He landed (by parashute) near Cacak in 18.X 1943.
and participated later in saving other allied pilots and cetnik sabotages as well.
He was evacuated in december 1944.
He fought for truth about Serbs for the rest of his life.

(source: "Album srpskih cetnika...")
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Post by Ivan Ž. » 02 Jun 2005 11:31

Keserovic's men (on the right) R.Milojevic and P.Blagojevic
with members of British mission.
(source: "Album srpskih cetnika...")
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