Tito Escort Battalion

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Tito Escort Battalion
Active 1941–1945
Allegiance Democratic Federal Yugoslavia Yugoslav Partisans
Type infantry
Role personal protection of Josip Broz Tito
Size battalion
Engagements Case Black
Operation Rösselsprung

The Tito Escort Battalion was the personal protection unit of the Yugoslav Partisan leader Josip Broz Tito, responsible for his personal safety during World War II. It accompanied Tito throughout Yugoslavia during the war, suffering significant casualties and fighting pitched battles at times. Its most notable engagements were during the Axis Case Black offensive in south–eastern Bosnia in mid–1943, and in holding off the airborne assault of the German 500th SS Parachute Battalion during Operation Rösselsprung in mid–1944.





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