Interesting facts and figures on the Balkans in April 1942


Soldiers of the Black Legion at Koševo, Sarajevo.


April 1 - A black legion from Han-Pjeska captures Vlasenica (during the month it commits crimes against civilians and inflicts losses on Chetniks in eastern Bosnia). 

The Black Legion is a colloquial name for the infamous elite unit of the Ustasha army that operated during the Second World War on the territory of the then Independent State of Croatia, ie today's Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. Members of that unit committed a large number of atrocities against the Serb population in the NDH 

April 4 - "Croatian Orthodox Church" founded in the Independent State of Croatia, Patriarch Germogen Maksimov enthroned on June 7.

Pavelić, Artuković, Germogen



The Croatian Orthodox Church was an Orthodox church that officially operated in the areas under the rule of the Independent State of Croatia from 1942 to 1945 during the Second World War. 

April 9 - Operation Trio: Ustasha Black Legion breaks out of the plan on the Drina, commits crimes.

 Operation Trio was the first large-scale joint German-Italian counter-insurgency operation of World War II conducted in the Independent State of Croatia (NDH), which included modern-day Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was carried out in two phases within eastern Bosnia from 20 April to 13 May 1942, with Ustaše militia and Croatian Home Guard forces taking part on the Axis side. The aim of the operation was to target all insurgents between Sarajevo and the Drina river in eastern Bosnia. These included the communist-led Yugoslav Partisans and Serb nationalist Chetniks. 

15 - 18. 4. - The Italian division "Taurinenze" and the Nevesinje Chetnik detachment clean the upper Nevesinje field.

German Major General Friedrich Stahl, Home Guard officer, and Chetnik leader Rade Radic, during a meeting in central Bosnia (in the background is timber traded).



 April 27 - Cooperation of Chetniks with the Independent State of Croatia: Commander of the Chetnik detachment Uros Drenovic signed an agreement in Mrkonjic Grad. During the spring of 1942, the majority of Chetnik detachments in the part of the NDH under German occupation concluded agreements on an armistice, cooperation, and supply with the military and civilian authorities of the NDH. The armistice and cooperation agreements contained clauses on the recognition of the sovereignty of the Independent State of Croatia by the Chetniks, on the joint fight against the partisans, the supply of military equipment, the payment of officers and fighters, the care of the wounded, and the care of the families of the dead.

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