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Armament Chetniks or Yugoslav Army in the Homeland

Numerous reports submitted by the British authorities to the Yugoslavian refugee government contain detailed information on British material and financial aid to Chetniks. The first shipments of air were lowered to Mihailovic on November 9, 1941.  Subsequent shipments by submarine followed in January 1942 and four deliveries by air in April 1942. Again between June and October 1942, and delivery by planes in December 1942 and in February, March and April 1943. Finally, there is a report on shipments between May and October 1943. The total quantity of weapons and ammunition supplied by the British to Mihailovic was according to these reports: 43 mortars, 860 mortar ammo, 307 revolvers, 1,203 submachine guns, 1,866 rifles, 136 light machine guns, 217 guns,. 104 AT guns, 8,728 hand grenades, 1,029,450 bullets for various weapons and 2,368 kg of explosives.

The Chetniks' weapons units depended on where the units were located and from the war period. In Serbia, until 1944 standard guns …

BOV-3 Self-propelled anti-aircraft vehicle

BOV-3 - Yugoslav production is intended for action on targets in the airspace under conditions of optical visibility and can be effectively used for actions on unshielded and lightly armored targets on the ground and water surfaces.
The BOV-3 vehicle was armed with a triple-barreled anti-aircraft gun M55A4B1 20 mm. The BOV has a capacity of 10, including a driver, gunner, and eight infantrymen. The vehicle has a four-wheel drive and is powered by the Deutz type F 6L 413 F six-cylinder diesel engine developing 150 hp (110 kW) at 2650 rpm. The theoretical gun shooting speed is 1950 to 2250 bullets per minute. The allowed burst length is 180 rounds per tube, whereby the tube is heated to 250 ° C, so a break of 5-10 minutes is necessary for cooling.

The BOV-3 armored vehicle has a 4x4 configuration. The body of the vehicle is made by welding the plates of reinforcing steel and provides a certain degree of protection against infantry fire. The driver and the commander are located in the fron…

Zarko Zrenjanin - National Hero of Yugoslavia. We will not forget your legacy

Zarko Zrenjanin - Uca (1902 - 1942), a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia (KPJ), political secretary of the Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia for Vojvodina, the organizer of the uprising in Vojvodina and the national hero of Yugoslavia.
Born on September 11, 1902, in the village of Izbište near Vršac. He comes from a poor peasant family. He attended primary school in Vrsac, and high school in Szeged, the Bela Crkva and Pancevo. In 1923 he completed the Teacher's School in Sombor. Still, as a student of Sombor Teacher's School, he approached the revolutionary youth movement.

In 1927 he became a member of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia when he founded the first party cell in Izbist. The secretary of the County Committee of the KPJ for Vršac was elected in 1930 and in March 1932 was elected as secretary of the KPJ District Committee for Southern Banat.
In his home in Izbište organized a small party illegal printing press. …

LOV - Light armoured personnel carrier

In the factory "Torpedo" Rijeka in 1992 started the development of light armored vehicles LOV - 4x4, for the purpose of equipping the Croatian Armed Forces. The basic variant of the vehicle - armored carrier LOV-OP (General Supports) has been produced since 1993 and was first publicly displayed on the military parade in 1995.

As a basis for the project LOV served chassis trucks Torpedo HV 4x4 TK-130 T-7, and the use of commercial components in the structure has significantly reduced the price of development, production, and maintenance of cars.

Armored body is made by welding plates of reinforced steel, which provide protection against armored missiles 7.62 mm fired from a distance of 30 meters artillery shell fragments and anti-personnel mines. The armament consists of a machine gun Browning M2HB 12.7 mm set in the turret which provides only partial protection for the gunner. The combat kit contains a total of 250 bullets. Eight of smoke charge launchers 82 mm.


Battle of Sutjeska: Report of the 369th Legionary Division of June 13, 1943.

The report of the Operational Department of the 369th Infantry Division of 15 June 1943 the commander of German troops in the Independent State of Croatia about the breakthrough of Partisan forces (NOVJ) from the encirclement to Zelengora and the causes of defeat. The abbreviations:
GR = Gebirgsregiment (mountain regiment) A. A. = Aufklärung Abteilung (Scout Battalion) Ia = Operational Division JD= Jager division
369 (CRO.) Infantry DIV. Leave. Ia, Az. 9 Br. 846/43. Conn. Subject: Combat Report III / GR 369. III / GR 370 and II / 724. Jager Regiment.
Commander of German troops in Croatia
The division was from 7.6. 1943 with the Fighting Group "Wertmüller " (A.A. 369, III / GR 369 and 369. Anti-tank regiment) at Mrčin Klb. and Ljubina (8 km south and south-east of Jelacica). At 22.30 hours, the division has received the following task: 1)The right wing of the 118th Jager Division was engaged in fierce battles with the enemy in Milinkladi (1001) and Ozren (1405).

2) It is n…