Kosovo Regiment

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Kosovo Regiment
Regimenti Kosova
Active November 1943
Country  Nazi Germany
Allegiance Second League of Prizren
Size 1,000 - 1,500
Commanders
Notable
commanders

The Kosovo Regiment (Albanian: Regimenti Kosova, Serbian: Косовски пук) was an Axis military unit created after Italian capitulation in November 1943 in Kosovska Mitrovica, Territory of the Military Commander in Serbia (modern day Kosovo) by Nazi Germany, consisting of local Albanians.[1]

Background[edit]

Following the capitulation of Italy from the war, Xhafer Deva helped form a provisional government under German occupation and set up the Second League of Prizren alongside other Albanian nationalists. The Kosovo Regiment was established as military formation of the Second League of Prizren.[2] The regiment was established by the Central Committee of the Second League of Prizren.[3] The Germans entrusted the establishment of the Kosovo Regiment to Bajazit Boletini.[4] The commander of the regiment was Bajazit Boletini, while commanders of regiment's battalions were Rasim Dajči, Jusuf Boletini (Bajazit's brother) and Rizo Agaj.[5]

The number of Albanians who joined this regiment was around 1,000[6] or 1,500.[7]

Activities[edit]

On 3 December 1943 the regiment murdered 30 Serbs in village Rakoš, on 4 December the regiment killed 34 Serbs in Đakovica and another 36 Serbs in village Siga.[8]

This regiment was used against Partisans in neighboring regions.[9]

Between 4 and 7 December 1943, 400 soldiers of Kosovo Regiment commanded by Xhafer Deva surrounded Peć and committed mass murder of local Serbs and Montenegrins, killing at least 300 people.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Elsie 1997, p. 36): "... after the Italian capitulation when the Germans set up an Albanian Kosovo Regiment."
  2. ^ (Marović 1995, p. 390): "DRUGA PRIZRENSKA LIGA osnovala je i svoje oružane jedinice kojima je dala ime REGIMENTA KOSOVA (Kosovski puk)."
  3. ^ (Lekić 1995, p. 77): "Централни комитет Друге призренске лиге формирао је, у новембру 1943. године, на терену косовско-митровичког округа Косовски пук.... "
  4. ^ (Pavlovski 1985, p. 237): "Taj zadatak povjeren je Bajazitu Boletiniju. koji je u studenome 1943. formirao zloglasni Kosovski puk (Regjiment Kosova) od oko 1000 žandara, kojima su se u njihovu pohodu, uz put, priključivali i drugi najokorjeliji Velikoalbanci."
  5. ^ (Dželetović 2000, p. 167): "Поред Бајазита Бољетинија који је био командант Регимента, команданти батаљона били су: капетан Расим Дајчи, родом из Косовске Митровице, који је због ове дужности доведен из Албаније, у којој је живео као емигрант, ..."
  6. ^ (Review 2004, p. 70): "Во таа смисла бил формиран Косовски полк (Регимент Косова) со околу 1000 лица."
  7. ^ (Lekić 1995, p. 77): ".... са око 1.500 Арбанаса. "
  8. ^ (Lekić 1995, p. 77)
  9. ^ (TSSJ 2008, p. 55): "Thus at the end of 1943 the so-called Kosovo Regiment was formed and used to fight the Partisans in the neighboring regions."
  10. ^ (Filipović 1989, p. 148): "At the end of 1943 (December 3), about 400 members of the-socalled "Kosovo Regiment", headed by the criminal Xhafer Deva, arrived in Pec. As early as December 4, after the complete encirclement of the town, began the mass massacre of ..."

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