16th Vojvodina Division
Flag of Democratic Federal Yugoslavia (used by the Partisans)
CountryDemocratic Federal Yugoslavia
BranchYugoslav Partisan Army
Typeinfantry
Sizedivision
Part ofPartisan 3rd Corps
Partisan 12th Corps
Partisan 3rd Army
EngagementsWorld War II in Yugoslavia
* Operation Osterei
* Operation Maiglöckchen
* Operation Vollmond
* Operation Heiderose
* Belgrade Offensive
* Battle of Batina
* Syrmian Front
* Operation Wehrwolf (Yugoslavia)
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Danilo Lekić

The 16th Vojvodina Division (Serbo-Croatian Latin: Šesnaesta vojvođanska divizija) was a Yugoslav Partisan division that fought against the Germans, Independent State of Croatia (NDH) and Chetniks in occupied Democratic Federal Yugoslavia during World War II.

When it was created, the 16th Vojvodina Division is consisted mostly of Serbs recruited from Hungarian–occupied Bačka. It constituted the first, second, and third Vojvodinian Brigades and had about 3,000 units when it was formed.[1] By 1941, the Partisan rank-and-file was still predominantly Serbian.[1] The Partisans initial successes included the liberation of the area that surrounded the Serbian town of Užice.[2]

As part of the Partisan 3rd Corps then Partisan 12th Corps it spent most of 1944 engaged in hard fighting against the 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar (1st Croatian) in eastern Bosnia. The division participated in the Seventh Offensive from March to June 1944.[3]

The division's later conflict with the Chetniks, which grew into a civil war, was rooted on the dispute between the pro-Communist and the nationalist wings of the Serb rebellion.[1]

The Division also participated in the Battle of Batina (November 1944).

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Hoare, Marko Attila (2014). The Bosnian Muslims in the Second World War. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-936531-9.
  2. ^ Batinić, Jelena (2015). Women and Yugoslav Partisans: A History of World War II Resistance. New York: Cambridge University Press. p. 22. ISBN 978-1-107-09107-8.
  3. ^ East European Accessions Index. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. 1953. p. 103.

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