The Capital was chosen as Praha (Prague) which was in the traditional lands of the Czech people. This photo is of Alojz Esterle in 1941-42.

[3] Slovak soldiers participated in numerous pogroms and frequently robbed Jews during the first days and weeks of the occupation in the summer of 1941.

Feel free to get in touch if I can help with anything else. Some tanks, mainly the 35s, were inherited from the Czechoslovakian army and were painted in the three-tone camouflage, but later tanks were painted in an Olive drab. What is known though is that it later ended up being commanded once again by a new commanding officer, Elmir Lendvay. Initially for Rostov, as often happens wargaming projects can take somewhat a life of their own! 38 tanks were taken, the first 5 it was noted were in 3 tone camo, the rest in drab. 40 tanks. A number of the Security Divisions units were removed from its ranks and transferred to the 1st Slovak (Mobile) Infantry Division, including the 31st Artillery Regiment. The 1st Slovak (Mobile) Infantry Division was also known as the Slovak Fast Division. In 1943, His unit of 2,500 – 3,000 men defected en-masse to the Soviets, officers included.

the remaining preferences i left at "default". The best units of the former Slovak Army Group were now organized into two new divisions, the 1st Slovak(Mobile) Infantry Division and the 2nd Slovak (Security) Infantry Division. Two combat groups were created for the Campaign in Poland for use alongside the Germans. The Slovaks painted a light blue band around the rim of their helmets so they weren't mistaken for Russians. The latter two types were broadly similar. The B-534k could also carry some small bombs for a close support role. As a result of the heavy partisan actions against the German lines in 1943, the Slovak 12th Engineer Battalion was sent to the rear area of Army Group South, where it took part in vital rail repair operations to fix lines, cut by the Soviet partisans.

These will have to be off table or the 105s will have to 'step in' for them!

As a result of the inability of the Slovak Army Group to keep up with the German advance, it was decided to create a mobile unit that would be capable of doing so. The Brigade experienced heavy fighting against the Soviets during this time. The Recce elements are the biggest mix of 1941 & 1942.
Soon after, the Division was caught by a massive Soviet surprise attack that had managed to break through the German lines. After the defeat at Stalingrad, as the morale of the Slovak troops began to fall, it was moved to the area of Minsk, a much more quiet sector of the front.

I hope you've enjoyed looking at my Slovaks. The Mobile Division was nearly encircled and trapped near Saratowskaya, but managed to escape. When the main delivery of LT vz. The Slovak Expeditionary Army Group of about 45,000 men entered the Soviet Union shortly after the German attack. The beginning of the growth of the Slovak Mobile Division began on 5 September 1939 when the Slovak General Staff decided on the formation of Fast Group 'Kalinciak' under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Jan Imro. Initial problems in the Slovak Army consisted of a general lack of modern and reliable weapons and equipment(in the wake of the German take over of the former regions of Bohemia-Moravia, basically the western region of the former Nation of Czechoslovakia), as well as problems with experienced commanders and NCOs, as Slovaks were discriminated against in the Czech Army and therefore only the native Slovakian officer corps and a small pool of Slovak NCOs existed to lead their new army. This unit fought with the 17th Army through July 1941, including at the Battle of Uman and the Battle of Lypovec. The Mobile Division was routed and over 2000 men were taken by the Soviets. Later, the Mobile Division took part in the German advance into the Caucasus Region where it played a vital role in the assault and capture of the vital Soviet city of Rostov. The first group was a brigade-sized formation that consisted of six infantry battalions, two artillery battalions, and a company of combat engineers, all commanded by Anton Pulanich.

It accepted the following day, being the first day of the German offensive. [1] On 21 June 1941, the Slovak government was informed that it was expected to provide a contingent to participate in the German invasion of the Soviet Union. The motorised infantry battalion has 3 infantry companies, all are RH models and Ready to Roll Praga trucks. As a result of German pressure, the 1st Slovak Infantry Division took part in the German invasion of Poland in September 1939. In June 1944, the remnant of the division, no longer considered fit for combat due to low morale, was disarmed and the personnel assigned to construction and logistical work, a fate which had already befallen the Slovak 2nd Division earlier for the same reason.

This army lacked logistic and transportation support, so a much smaller unit, the Slovak Mobile Command under command of Rudolf Pilfousek (a.k.a the Pilfousek Brigade), was formed from units selected from this force; the rest of the Slovak army was relegated to rear-area security duty. A hollow shell of the former Mobile Division was created in the early part of 1944. A motorised infantry company, another on bicycles and an Oa.Vz.30 Armoured Car. When Czechoslovakia was formed, the basis of power and authority lay in the hands of the dominant Czechs. Finally, in June of 1944, the Division was pulled from the lines a final time and disarmed, being formed into a construction brigade for use in Rumania as a result of its continued unreliability in combat. By the middle of September 1941, the 1st Slovak (Mobile) Division was back in the front lines, this time near Kiev. The Security Division never had any LT vz.35's assigned to it and by the time of the establishment of the Mobile Division all of the armoured assets had been shipped back to … The motorised battalion is supported by an Anti Tank company, 80mm mortar and machine gun team.

Next, the Brigade moved north through Berdichev, Zhitomir, and on towards the region of Kiev.

Don't touch the Kora models A/C - nightmare - I think Shellhole Scenics do one under their Romanian vehicle range.

It looks as if the Division was pulled from the lines for a short while until it was again thrown into action, this time near the area of Melitopol. The 1st Slovak(Mobile) Infantry Division, as a part of the German forces fighting in the Caucasus region, was pulled back. The tanks here will therefore be used to support the infantry units above for example at Lipovec. became the nucleus for the later élite "Slovak Mobile Division". Glad you liked them, and thanks for commenting!

Soon after, on November 1st, 1943, as a result of continued problems with desertion in the unit, the Security Division was heavily disarmed and transferred to Ravenna, Italy to act as a construction brigade.

From here, the Divisions history becomes unsure for the next few weeks, as a specific record of its operations could not be located in this section. The men in the front is equipped with a Finnish Suomi with a 71-round drum, the men behind is ready to throw a German Stielhandgranate. i selected a 30 battles slovak campaign, starting in june 1941 and ending in february 1945. repair was set at -20%, with a 1000 point starting force. Around July 8th, 1941, the Brigade had advanced beyond the tactical control of the Slovak command, so control of the unit was handed over to the German 17.Armee. Many Slovak soldiers and the army leadership nevertheless approved of the Holocaust, due in part to the large amount of propaganda promoting the Jewish Bolshevik canard. This unit comprised a squadron of cavalry, a bicycle mounted infantry company and a motorised unit. At the beginning of August 1941, the Slovak Army Group was pulled out of the lines when it was decided to form two new units that would be better suited to the actions, they would be taking part in. The Mobile Division (also Fast Division) was formed in August 1941 when the Mobile Brigade was upgraded.

He led the Mobile Division across the Kuban River all the way to the region of Taupze. All the tanks were used in 1941, withdrawn shortly after and then sent back to the Division in October 1942 so were not used at Rostov. Will use your sources for some vehicles.

Command of the Mobile Division changed again in January 1943, when Lt.Gen Jurech took over command. However, once the British brought out the Hurricane and Spitfire and other countries similarly improved their air forces, the  Avia B-534 was soon outclassed. In late 1942, the 31st Artillery Regiment from the 2nd(Security) Infantry Division was transferred to the 1st Mobile Division. At the beginning of August 1941, the Slovak Mobile Command was dissolved and instead two infantry divisions were formed from the Slovak Expeditionary Army Group.

I have been painting some up I bought years ago. These were also used by the Germans as the Pz 35(t) and Pz 38(t). As the Campaign in the East drew on, the Slovak forces began to fall behind the massive German sweep across the Soviet Union. After the horrible loss at Stalingrad in the Winter of 1942/1943, the entire position of the Germans in the Caucasus region was altered, as now any further advance, the south would only ensure the complete loss of all forces south of the Mius River if and when the Soviets reached Rostov in the North, thus trapping them. It was at this time that the remaining forces of the former Slovak Army Group(no longer an independent formation), were used behind the German lines in conjunction with the 103rd Rear Area Command of Army Group South in security duties and helping to eliminate pockets of Soviet resistance. I'm no expert painter but I'm pretty pleased with how they've turned out. By July 22nd, the Brigade, now under German control, had advanced to Vinnitsa and had pushed on towards Lipovets. I've finally completed my Slovak Mobile Division forces. Here we have the Division/Brigade commander, with a radio operator (both customised Germans from Brittania miniatures) and an RH models Slovak. The Slovak Fast Division was originally commanded by Gustav Malar, one of the original commanders from the Slovak advance into Poland back in 1939. Air Support for the Fast Division comes in the form of an Avia B-534. The Slovak 1st Division then shared the fate of the German southern forces, losing its heavy equipment in the Kuban bridgehead and suffering heavy losses at Melitopol in the southern Ukraine. In the aftermath of the German invasion of France, the German government consolidated its control of the Slovak regime.

He then served in the Red Army from 1943 to 1945 when WWII ended and Slovakia was “liberated” from Axis control. [4], Commanders of the 1st Mobile Infantry Division, Learn how and when to remove this template message, Die Verfolgung und Ermordung der europäischen Juden durch das nationalsozialistische Deutschland 1933-1945, "Slovenská armáda a protižidovské pogromy na okupovanom území ZSSR v lete 1941",, Military history of Slovakia during World War II, Military units and formations of the Soviet–German War, Military units and formations disestablished in 1944, Articles needing additional references from June 2018, All articles needing additional references, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 10 September 2020, at 17:54.

However, there was no equivalent of the Barbarossa decree (which authorized Wehrmacht soldiers to execute civilians without trial) and some Slovak soldiers were tried for robbing or murdering Jews, receiving only very light sentences.

In 1939, when Germany invaded the Sudetenland, the stage was set for the eventual autonomy of the Slovak people, although their autonomy was to be guided by the will of the Germans, for they alone had allowed the Slovaks to form their pseudo-independent Nation.
enemy forces are to be russian exclusively. On 23 July 1941 General Catlos decided to reorganise all Slovak field forces into a Mobile Division and a Security Division. with the 1st and 2nd Tank Co. and the 1st and 2nd Anti-Tank Co.,2nd Recon.Bn., 1st Weapons Co., 2nd Motorcycle Co., and the I/3/I Mot.Eng.Platoon. Later, the Slovak Security Division was used in anti-partisan operations in the region of Zhitomer.

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