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Koni class frigates in the service of the Yugoslav Navy

Rocket frigate class Koni is NATO's mark for the class of missile frigates built by the former USSR. They are also known as Soviet Project 1159. A total of 14 ships were built at the shipyard in Zelenodolska on the Black Sea between 1975 and 1988. It was first conceived as a replacement for the old class of the Riga frigate but was eventually chosen as an export product for the friendly navy. The Koni I subclass is intended for European waters, while the Koni II subclass is built for warmer water. Only a few are in the service today.

The two frigates of this class were sold to Yugoslavia, and on the basis of them later, two new frigates of Yugoslav production were built, which were known as the great patrol boats of the Kotor class. The Romanian frigate class Tetal is very similar to the Koni class.

VPBR-31 "Split" (ex-SSSR "Sokol"): was ordered on April 14, 1976, from the Red Metallic Shipyard in Zelenodolska. The ship was launched on April 21, 1979, and soon it…

Anti-Partisan Operations at the Beginning of 1942

Operation Petrova Gora I

Duration: March 18, 1942 - April 18, 1942

Goal: Meet and destroy the partisan forces concentrated on Petrova Gora in Kordun between Vojnić and Topuski.

Partisan forces: 1st and 2nd Kordun detachment.

Croatian forces:

I. II. and III. Battalion Homeguard
I. and II. Lička Ustasha Battalion
XIV. Ustasha Battalion
detachment / PTB with 5 Tankette
Karlovac Novice Battalion

Operation and outcome:

The month-long operation, guided by Utinjska Brigade was tasked to clean the specified area. The soldiers did not have mercy on either side. Numerous Orthodox villages in which residents resisted were taken and freed, and participants were arrested. No significant loss was suffered by either side.

Operation K

Duration: March 23, 1942 - March 28, 1942

Goal: Assisting the besieged Italian garrison in Bosnia and Herzegovina (NDH).

Partisan units are not known.

Italian forces:

13. Infantry Division "Re" (Parts)
57th Infantry Division "Lombardia" (parts)
1st …

Astonishing !!! The Partisan Hospital that operated the entire WW2 and was never discovered by the Occupiers

The Central Partisan Hospital was built for the needs of treating the wounded and patients from the wider Kordun area during the Second World War. The construction of the hospital itself was led by Jakov Kranjčević Brado. The hospital has developed gradually and its final form was received in 1944 when he had more than 30 facilities: several patient rooms, operating rooms, a kitchen, a room for the hospital personnel, room for cultural work, laundry and shower, a barn, a guard house, own electric unit and a printing house.

In addition to above-ground facilities, a dugout system was built. In these shelters, the wounded were removed during the actions of the German and Ustasha forces. Although the Ustasha and Germans have repeatedly tried to find a hospital and the wounded, none of the dugouts was discovered.

The Partisan Hospital in Petrova Gora (also known as the Central Partisan Hospital on Petrova Gora) was a partisan hospital that existed from September 1941 to May 1945 on the mount…

Famous Yugoslav "Papovka" semi-automatic carbine or PAP M59

Papovka ( Semiautomatic rifle 7.62 mm M.59) was a Yugoslav semi-automatic rifle that uses a charge of 7.62x39. After 11 years in the Yugoslav People's Army replaced the erstwhile military rifle Zastava M48.

In the mid-fifties in the Yugoslav military circles launched the idea of developing new semi-automatic rifle. For the final manufacturer of the new semi-automatic rifle factory "Crvena Zastava" from Kragujevac was selected. At the moment when the documentation was almost completed, there is an improvement in relations between the USSR and Yugoslavia. The new relations also included military cooperation, so the JNA switched to the purchase of a license for the production of the Soviet SKS rifle (Samozaryadny Karabin  Simonova).

Yugoslav experts did not hold the concept of SKS rifle in general, but they developed very similarly on the basis of the SKS, but with improved properties and capabilities. In the beginning of 1960 there appeared new weapons, semi-automatic rifles…

SS formations in the Balkans during World War II PART IV

7th SS Volunteer Mountain Division "Prinz Eugen" 
The 7th SS Volunteer Mountain Division "Prinz Eugen" (11. SS-Freiwilligen Gebirgs-Division "Prinz Eugen")was a German mountain infantry division of the Waffen-SS, the armed wing of the German Nazi Party that served alongside but was never formally part of the Wehrmacht during World War II in Yugoslavia. Formed in 1941 from Volksdeutsche (ethnic German) volunteers and conscripts from the Banat, Independent State of Croatia (NDH), Hungary and Romania, it fought a counter-insurgency campaign against communist-led Yugoslav Partisan resistance forces in the occupied Serbia, NDH, and Montenegro.

 It was given the title Prinz Eugen after Prince Eugene of Savoy, an outstanding military leader of the Habsburg Empire who liberated the Banat and Belgrade from the Ottoman Empire in the Austro-Turkish War of 1716–18. It was initially named the SS-Freiwilligen-Division Prinz Eugen (SS-Volunteer Division Prinz Eugen).