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World War II Croatian Legionaries : Croatian Troops Under Axis Command 1941-45 (Men-at-arms) (Paperback)
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As Europe descended into war, the newly formed state of Croatia found itself an ally in ****** Germany. Tens of thousands of Croatians rushed to volunteer for the German Wehrmacht, with Croatian-badged units created within the Army, Navy, Luftwaffe, Waffen-SS, and Police force. When ****** turned his attention to Stalin's Soviet Union, many of these men found themselves thrown into the fray, with Croatian soldiers serving at Stalingrad, fighting Tito's Partisans in the Balkans, and battling against the advancing Red Army in Hungary.
Aided by detailed illustrations, author Vladimir Brnardic explores the uniforms and equipment of World War II Croatian Legionaries. His investigation covers Croatia's own armed forces, as well as those who fought within the German Wehrmacht, including notorious units such as the Ustasha "Black Legion" who fought against anti-Axis partisans in Bosnia and Serbia.