Serbian Volunteer Corps
Serbian Volunteer Command
- Srpski Dobrovoljacki Korpus
- Serbisches Freilligen Korps
- Serbian SS Volunteer Corps
Formed on 15 September 1941, by Dimitrije Ljotić from Chetniks and his Zbor Movement activists. It had twelve 120-150 strong detachments. In January 1943, it become Serbian Volunteer Corps (Srpski Dobrovoljacki Korpus - SDK) with five 500 man battalions - four volunteer and one Chetnik Assault battalion and from 4 January 1943 it also had armored car battalion, cavalry squadron and 6 aircraft - strength is around 3,000 men. Formation was fully equipped by Germans who where impressed by its performance.
Armored car battalion (bornih kola) had some 20 different vehicles - some ex-YU which Germans considered obsolete, few French Renault tanks, Czech and maximum of three German half-tracks in very bad shape. Out of six aircraft, two were Breguet-XIX and one Fieseler Storch. Flights (when aircraft were in flight condition) were allowed only with German supervision.
In 1944 five 1200-man regiments with 500-man artillery battalion, under German tactical command but reporting to General Nedić. On 21 June another regiment was formed - 2nd Iron Regiment (2. gvozdeni puk), total strength has risen to around 9,000 men.
Strength of the Volunteer Corps in August 1944 according to Bundesarchiv, RH 19 XI/31 Militaerbefehlshaber Suedost Ia, Gegenueberstellung der Feindstaerken und der eigenen einsatzfaehigen Kraefte im serbischen Raum (21.8.1944): 9.886 men.
On 8 October 1944 leaves Belgrade, moving to Syrmia and finally retreating to Slovenia. In November 1944 the Waffen-SS took over the job of supplying the SVC, and on paper naming it the Serbian SS Volunteer Corps. But the SVC never had German uniforms, only Yugoslav or Italian, and never donned SS patches or runes.
Serbian Volunteer Corps on 15 August 1944
General Konstantin Musicki
Staff Staff Company 2 LMGs Telephone Platoon Medical Company Light Supply Column Training Company 2 75mm leIG, 2 120mm mortars, 2 50mm mortars, 4 HMGs, & 12 LMGs Brigade Band 1st Serbian Infantry Regiment Regimental Staff 2 LMGs Signals Platoon Regimental Band Replacement Company 2 50mm mortars, 1 HMG & 2 LMGs 1st Battalion 1st Company 1 HMG, 12 LMGs & 2 50mm mortars 2nd Company 1 HMG, 12 LMGs & 2 50mm mortars 3rd Company 1 HMG, 12 LMGs & 2 50mm mortars Heavy Company 4 HMGs, 2 LMGs, 4 80mm mortars &
2 75mm leIG
2nd Battalion - see 1st Battalion 3rd Battalion - see 1st Battalion 2nd Serbian Infantry Regiment see 1st Serbian Infantry Regiment 3rd Serbian Infantry Regiment see 1st Serbian Infantry Regiment 4th Serbian Infantry Regiment
Lieutenant Milos Vonjnović
see 1st Serbian Infantry Regiment 5th Serbian Infantry Regiment see 1st Serbian Infantry Regiment
Corps joined Chetnik Shumadia Division on 30 March 1945 and by order of General Damjanovic, General Mihailovich's commander in Slovenia, and crossed the border into Italy on 1 May. However three regiments which had been fighting to hold off the Partisans in front of Ljubljana, retreated into Austria and surrendered to British who together with 1,000 Chetniks and 10,000 Slovenian Home Defence soldiers (Domobran) sent them back to Tito and were executed at Kocevje Rog, two others surrendering in Italy remained in the West.
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