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The 7th Prinz Eugen SS Mountain Division
303 pages; 15 chapters and 14 appendixes
The story of the Prinz Eugen 7th SS Mountain Division and the other Axis units that
fought the blood-thirsty Tito’s partisans in Yugoslavia for four years is just now being told.
SS Parabellum kicks over the rocks, and sprays what crawls out with 9mm slugs. The war in
the Balkans was a war filled with secrets. But more than anything, it was a war fought by the
7th SS Mountain Division. The biggest secret of all was how the communist partisans
grew from a weak company-sized unit to a powerful army group of sinister combatants within
a year. In SS Parabellum, you will read about the anti-partisan war carried out the 7th SS
Mountain Division. You will learn how German allies fought communist partisans
including the unreliable Moslems, the cowardly Italians, the ambivalent Cossacks, and the
determined strong-hearted Croats. The reader will be surprised by the large number of
foreigners who fought against Tito’s communist partisans, knowing that if the 7th SS
Mountain Division lost, they would be inevitably slaughtered. The war against Tito’s
communist partisans was a war of close combat, and no quarter in the Balkan Mountains.
If the German Army had employed more armored and mountain troops in their war there, it
might have been different. The 7th SS Mountain Division was the key formations fighting
for Germany in the Balkans. Come, read the bloody story in SS Parabellum.
“On 23 January, a thaw set in throughout the fog-shrouded Balkan Mountains, followed by heavy rain on 24 January. The
general effect of that weather change was to eliminate any footing on the trails, which were turned into deep seas of
The 7th SS Mountain Division’s Battle Group "East" continued its partisan-hunting advance into the Petrova Gora
Mountains. Suddenly it ran right into a large communist band taking shelter at Miholjsko. A brief, but furious battle
ensued, ending with the town in flames and the partisans pulling back, just out of German reach, to the southeast.
On 25 January, the 7th SS Mountain Division’s Battle Group "West" liberated Slunj and received a tumultuous
welcome from the inhabitants who wanted no more of their brutal communist oppressors. The jubilant civilian’s joyful
reception of the SS troops considerably boosted the morale of the tired "Prinz Eugen" soldiers.
The Korina River running through Sluni was like a scene right out of a travel-picture book. The tree-covered mountains
near Skuni are very picturesque.
The main road through the region passed over the Korina River Bridge at Slunj for a distance of 30 meters at a height of
fifteen meters above the water. The commander of the 7th SS Mountain Division ordered the divisional engineering
officer, to reinforce the bridge for heavy vehicular use. By this point, "Prinz Eugen’s" slight losses were as follows: Battle
Group "West” four officers and 26 NCOs men killed, and four officers and 76 enlisted men wounded; Battle Group "East"
(Broser) lost one officer and six men dead as well as ten wounded.
The retreating communist enemy left behind 200 three-horse supply sleighs and twenty sleighs piled high with communist
dead (over 300 corpses). The neighboring German 369th and 717th Infantry Divisions had also made good progress
while the 714th Division was able to fortify the slopes around Sanski Most. Unfortunately the same could not be said of
the Italian forces who broadcast their reluctance to fight.”
Excerpt from SS Parabellum
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