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Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:26 PM
7.SS-Freiwilligen-Gebirgs-Division "Prinz Eugen"
Volunteer Ethnic Germans (Volksdeutsche) from the Balkans
Anti-partisan mountain division
Origin of the name:
The title »Prinz Eugen« comes from the German spelling of the name Francois Eugene, Prince of Savoy, known to history as being one of the greatest European soldiers of all time. Eugene entered the service of the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I in 1683, to fight against the Ottoman Turks.
SS Brigadeführer and Generalmajor of the Waffen SS, Artur Phleps, a Volksdeutsche himself from Transylvania
All members of the Prinz Eugen Division were eligible to receive the "Bandenkampfabzeichen" Anti-Partisan badge.
In January, 1945, the division fought the and retreating battles against the advancing Soviet and Bulgarian forces as well as Tito's partisans. From February, 1945 to April, 1945, the Division was in constant retreat fighting against the Partisans and the Soviets. The remnants of the Prinz Eugen Division ended the War in Celje, Slovenia where it surrendered on 11 May 1945 to Yugoslav forces.
My father has ended the war in Celje too and he took part in destroying this SS unit.
Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:58 PM
SS Prinz Eugen was Gebirgsjaeger unit dedicated to fight partisans primarily by executing civilians. On one occasion these »warriors« have executed the entire fifth class of primary school in town of Kragujevac (Serbia). The »warriors« have taken from school and executed 12 to 13 years old boys!
I wanted to find more information on the Donau Swabian web sites but they simply omit their history during the both world wars.
I will investigate this subject much more in detail because I want to know who were the soldiers who fought against my father.
Posted 04 April 2012 - 09:01 PM
Posted 04 April 2012 - 09:13 PM
Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:25 PM
Of course they were bad soldiers, they were ordinary peasants who never had real military training. Their ancestors originated from many different parts of Germany but they were ethnic Germans, Donau Shwabians, citizens of Hungary, Romania and Yugoslavia. During the occupation they had fun with executing civilians, as long as it lasted. Only partisans have opposed them; all other nationalistic organizations have collaborated with the Axis. But when the Red Army crossed the border SS Prinz Eugen division has got a genuine foretaste of a real war against real skilled soldiers.
some of guys may not appreciate the next comment but : since studying the W-SS units from the early 1960's I lumped the 7th SS unit as the Kamanski Brigade only larger and with cheap armor.
By the way, Donau Shwabians are unfortunate people who made several grievous mistakes. The largest was that after the occupation they relocated their families to the Third Reich and were granted German citizenship. That has sealed their future. As citizens of the Third Reich they couldn't assert citizenship rights after the end of war except in Germany which was their old and new Fatherland.
Edited by Tamino, 05 April 2012 - 09:32 PM.
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