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[youtube]CR0ZwIvD1eE[/youtube] The Croatian Air Force Legion (Croatian: Hrvatska Zrakoplovna Legija), or HZL, also known as the Croatian Legion, was a military unit of the Air Force of the Independent State of Croatia which fought alongside the Luftwaffe on the Eastern Front from 1941 to 1943 and then back on Croatian soil. The legion had approximately 360 men. The unit was sent to Germany for training on July 15, 1941 before heading to the Eastern Front. Many of the pilots and crews had previously served in the Royal Yugoslav Air Force during the Invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941. Some of them also had experience in the two main types that they would operate, the Messerschmitt 109 and Dornier Do 17, with two fighter pilots having actually shot down Luftwaffe aircraft. The Legion's commander was Ivan Mark. During operations over the Eastern Front, the unit's fighters scored a total of 283 kills while its bombers participated in 1,332 combat missions. Officially designated '15.(Kroatische)/KG 53'., the bomber squadron was equipped with Dornier Do 17Z aircraft. It arrived on the Eastern Front on October 25th 1941, after training at the Grosse Kampfflieger Schule 3, in Greifswald, Germany. Their first area of operations was near Vitebsk. The rest of the Bomber Squadron's assignments were in the Northern Sector of the Eastern Front, including the bombing of Leningrad and Moscow [youtube]oN0ZfyUtZS8[/youtube] Croatian Volunteers on Ostfront. April 16th 1942. Croatian Legion has joined the fight on the Ostfront (Eastern Front). Working together with Italian regiment on the south part of the Eastern Front in joint action against Bolshevik Soviets. This Croatian regiment is wearing a Ustasha Uniforms and insignia in combination with Italian M33 Helmets. Croats usually used Ustasha Croatian Uniform and insignia in combination with M35 German steel helmets. Joint action of Croats and Italians is the reason behind using Italian helmets, probably due to easier recognizing each other on the battlefield. The Light Transport Brigade (Italian-Croatian): The Brigade was formed with 1100 soldiers, 70 NCO's and 45 Officers (1215 total), divided into 3 Infantry Companies, 1 Machine-Gun Company, 1 (81mm) Mortar Company and 1 (65mm) Artillery Battery. The Commanding Officer was Lt.-Colonel Egon Zitnik (a Croat). The Brigade arrived at the Eastern Front on April 16th 1942, near the town of Harcjusk. Here they were attached to the Italian 3rd Rapid Division "Principe Amadeo Duca D'Aosta", and received the remainder of their equipment and transports (44 trucks, 3 automobiles and 6 motorcycles). On the 11th of May, near the town of Pervomajska, the Brigade fought its first battle, alongside the 63rd Blackshirt "Tagliamento" unit. 5 men were lost in this minor engagement. The Brigade, during the next 10 months, fought around the towns of Stokovo, Greko-Timofejevka, and Veseli-Nikitovo. On July 11th 1942, the Brigade was transfered to the Italian XXXVth Corps. The very next day, with a battle-group of Blackshirts, the Brigade fought its way 30km deep into Soviet lines. Battles follow around Vladimirovka, Krasna Poljana and Fjodorovka. On July 28th 1942 the Brigade crossed the Donjec River at Lubanskoje. On August 25th 1942, the Soviets counter-attacked and the Brigade was involved in heavy fighting. The Croatians managed to hold their lines, inflicting 20 casualties and capturing 101 Russian soldiers. The Croatians lost 8 dead and 12 wounded. For this battle, the Brigade was awarded the "Sul Campo" decoration by the commander of the XXXVth Corps. On December 19th 1942, the Brigade was holding Hills 210 and 168 near Hracin. Here they were surrounded by a massive Soviet attack, but continued fighting till December 21st 1942, when they ran out of ammunition and were over-run. [youtube]DweouLOaawo[/youtube] New Croatian Homeguard regiment giving an Oath to Croatia and Poglavnik Ante Pavelić. Croatian soldiers giving an oath to Poglavnik and Croatia: Oath on Croatian: Zaklinjem se Bogom svemogućim i svime, što mi je sveto, da ću se držati ustaških načela i pokoravati se propisima te bezuslovno izvršavati sve odredbe Poglavnika, da ću svaku povjerenu mi tajnu najstrože čuvati i nikome ništa odati. Zaklinjem se, da ću se u ustaškim redovima boriti za izvojevanje samostalne države Hrvatske i sve učiniti, što mi Poglavnik naloži. Zaklinjem se, da ću jedanput izvojevanu hrvatsku državnu samostalnost i hrvatsku narodnu slobodu u ustaškim redovima čuvati i braniti. Ako se ogriješim o ovu prisegu, svjestan si svoje odgovornosti za svaki svoj čin i propust, ima me po ustaškim propisima stići kazna smrti. Tako mi Bog pomogao! Amen!" Oath on English: I pledge with God almighty and everything sacred to me that i will hold up to my Ustasha principles and obey the laws and unconditionally execute all orders by Poglavnik(Fuhrer), that i will keep all secrets told to me unrevealed. I pledge that in Ustasha ranks i will fight for Independent State of Croatia and execute all what my Poglavnik orders. I pledge that once Independent State of Croatia is risen i will defend Croatian national freedom in Ustasha ranks, protect it and defend it. If i break this oath, i am aware of any mistake and misdone, by Ustasha laws i will receive death sentence. May God Help me! Amen!