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392.Infanterie-Division

Lineage


  • 392.Infanterie-Division (kroat.)

Campaigns


  • Balkans 1944-1945

History


On August 17th 1943, the German Army formed the last of the German-Croatian Divisions. Like the 373.Infanterie-Division (kroat.) before it, the 392.Infanterie-Division was founded at Dollersheim, Germany for service in Croatia on anti-Partisan duties. Titled 392.Infanterie-Division (Kroat.), the Division was nicknamed as "Plava" (Blue) by its men.

After formation and traning, in January of 1944, the 392.Infanterie-Division (kroat.) was transfered to the Balkans and assigned an Area of Operation reaching from southern Slovenia, along the Croatian Adriatic coast, to the city of Knin. The Division fought mostly in the northern coastal area of Croatia, with its islands. It also took part in the German attempt to construct a security line around the Otocac - Bihac area, in January, 1945, after the fall of Knin.

Under severe Partisan attack, the 392.Infanterie-Division (kroat.) made a fighting withdrawl westward until April 24th, 1945 when north of Rijeka (Fiume), the German cadre released the Croatian soldiers from further service and surrendered to the Partisans. The fate of all those in the unit, German and Croatian alike, was grim in the hands of the partisan forces.

Organization


Order of Battle 1944
Kroat.Grenadier-Regiment 846
Kroat.Grenadier-Regiment 847
Artillerie-Regiment 392
Aufklärungs-Abteilung 392
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 392
Pionier-Bataillon 392
Nachrichten-Abteiliung 392
Sanitäts-Abteilung 392
Feldersatz-Bataillon 392

Knights Cross Holders



War Service


Dates Korps Armee Armeegrupp Area
11.43-12.43 Forming in WK XVII BdE Döllersheim
1.44-3.44 Forming in Kroatien Agram
4.44-12.44 XV 2. Pz. Armee F Senj; Inseln Rab und Pag; Knin
1.45-3.45 XV Hgr. E F Bihac
4.45 (Remnants) XV E Dalmatia Coast
5.45 (Remnants) LXXXXVII Südost Fiume

German Bibliography


  • Kriegsschauplatz Kroatien, Die deutsch-kroatischen Legionsdivisionen 369., 373., 392., by Franz Schraml
  • Die deutschen Infanterie-Divisonen, Band 1-3, by Werner Haupt
  • Die deutsche Feldpostübersicht 1939-1945, Band 1-3, by Nobert Kannapin
  • Die Pflege der Tradition der alten Armee in Reichsheer und im der Wehrmacht, by Schirmer/Wiener
  • Die Truppenkennzeichen... der deutchen Wehrmacht u. Waffen-SS, Band 1-4, by Schmitz/Thies
  • Der Zweite Weltkrieg im Kartenbild, Band 1-3, by Klaus-Jurgen Thies
  • Deutsche Verbände und Truppen 1918-1939, by George Tessin
  • Verbände und Truppen der deutchen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS..., Band 1-14, by Georg Tessin
  • Formationsgeschichte und Stellenbesetzung 1815-1939, Teil 1, der deutschen Heer, Band 1-3, by Günter Wegner
  • Die Deutsche Wehrmacht u. Waffen-SS, Ihre Kommando. u. Grossverbände... im Zweiten Weltkrieg, author unknown
  • Das Reichsheer und Seine Tradition, author unknown
  • Deutsche Rote Kreuz Suchdienst, Divisionsschicksale, author unknown

English Bibliography (Available on Amazon)