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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

FATA-How a whole area became a terror sacnctuary with State Policy



FATA-How a whole area became a terror sacnctuary with State Policy


Agha.H.Amin


Let the pictures speak as the first part of this summing up of a sad chapter of history !






















When I started preparing for my first major bid in Afghanistan " Naghlu-Kabul" Electric transmission line I went for pre bid survey on Kabul Lataband Road.The locals all Pashtuns told us that they were paid 100 USD per tower for destroying a pylon in Soviet Afghan War ! 




Extremism is a very Pakistani export to all neighbouring countries.


Off course the US was also a monster in this situation as were the Pakistanis who were the US vassals.In course of my 8 years in Afghanistan I discovered that major damage of Afghan war was in Pashtun belt as it was closer to Pakistan and it was easier to logistically support the characters destroying pylons.


As I travelled north I discovered that the north was literally undamaged as it was farther away from Pakistan ! I leave it for experts in Pashtun history to judge whether Pashtun area was damaged in order to keep Pashtuns backward or it was a coincidence ! 

It would be wrong to brand a Pashtun as a born lunatic ! 


The greatest poets in the sub continent starting from Nawab Shefta Khan Bangash ,Josh Malihabadi Afridi Akhtar Sheerani and Ahmad Faraz were Pashtuns !

Indeed the most progressive Afghans and Pakistanis have been Pashtuns ! Without Aslam Watanjar the indomitable Paktiawal or without Said Gulabozai the Saur Revolution may have totally failed in Afghanistan !

My dear Zazi lady friend from Khost smoke the maximum joints and drank more vodka than any man that I met in Afghanistan and preferred being intimate with the curtains open !

It would be correct to term Pashtuns as victims of geography , of being divided in two states , being regarded as a political threat by non Pashtuns in both Pakistan and  Afghanistan ! Being more adventurous and brave than any race in the region , thanks to geography , historical circumstances and I hate to say some racial factors !

The Pashtuns were thus regarded as cannon fodder by Iranians, Mughals,Turks ,Sikhs ,British and Pakistanis and a useful reason to remain in Afghyanistan by the USA !

When the German Kaiser wanted a revolt against British in India the only ones who cameto rise in revolt were thetribal Pashtuns ! 

A Pashtun tribe Afridi is the only tribe in history where the British Emperor awarded a Victoria Cross to one cousin and the  German Kaiser the Iron Cross to the other cousin ! Both fighting in the same area !

The Mughals imported Iranians against Pashtuns and were ultimately betrayed by the Irianians when the Marathas and Nadir Shah attackedthe Mughals.

The backbone of Nadir Shahs armys were the Abdali Pashtuns ! The best Mughal army soldiers apart from Uzbeks were Pashtuns !

Yet this race was regarded by fear and apprehension and throughout history used to fight proxy wars ! Just because it was though politically dangerous that they remained free and grew politically and economically !


There is no denying that a Pashtun is formidable in any role ,be it a leftist Khalqi or a Taliban ! This is so because he is brought up to be totally committed to an idea that he believes in ! This may be an anthropological or sociological explanation !

A Safi or a Zadran or a Kharoti is formidable reagrdless of the fact that he is Rahmatullah Safi with the ISI or a Watanjar who was a die hard leftist or a Gulabozai who was Afghanistans best Interior Minister and yet polled the highest number of votes from Khost in 2005 Elections.

My friend a pro Pakistan Pashtun to the core heading an ISI sector confessed that even the best dogs used in dog fight are bred in Pashtun areas ! It may be ironically symbolic but true.

My personal observations indicate that the Pashtuns were regarded as cannon fodder to be used in Kashmir and Afghanistan by the Pakistani establishment . Thus ironically while the most progressive section in Afghan socoety were Pashtun Khalqis without whom there would have been no leftist coup in Afghanistan ,the Pashtuns suffered the most in Afghan war and the non Pashtuns gained the most , politically and economically !

Demography is cruel ! It is devastating and Pakistans demography is changing !

Karachi is the largest Pashtun city in the  world and we are at a watershed when Pashtuns may not be manipulated any longer the way they have been manipulated in the past !




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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Muslims in the Waffen SS





**23rd Waffengebirgsdivision der SS 'Kama' (Kroatische No.2)
Formed in Bosnia,June'44 from Croat-Moslems. SS Regiments 56, 57, 58
*** Morale was so poor during training that it never saw action and was disbanded only 4 months later, soldiers here proving too difficult to discipline. Cadre of Germans and Volksdeutsch. Note tell that the training ground selected for this unit was in the way of a Soviet offensive, and it was broken up and the cadres used as replacements for SS division 31( that unit collapsed as well..great recruit material!). Total strength on breakup, 3,293.

**SS Gebirgs Tartar Brigade: From the Tartar regiment, September '44. Mountain unit. Drawn from Mohommedan Tartars of the Crimea, it was a Police regiment with German officers. When the German army evacuated the Crimea, the regiment went with them, fearful of reprisals. Disbanded December '44, remaining personnel to other SS units .

13th Waffengebirgsdivison der SS- 'Handschar' ( Kroat No.1)
Raised from Croatian volunteers and Balkan Moslems in Jan'43 for anti-partisan work.
*** Possibly the worst regular combat unit in the Waffen-SS, this unit was formed as the "Bosnian-Herzegovinian" or "B.H" division. It first consisted of Bosnian moslems and Croat volunteers formed around cadres drawn from 'Prinz Eugen." When volunteers began to run short, Roman Catholics and Croatian Home-Guardsmen were induced to join. The 13th had many trappings of the Moslem regiments of the old Austro-Hungarian army, including a grey Fez and regimental Imams to lead prayers. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, a refugee from British justice, was installed as the division's religious overseer. Sent to south-central France in mid-'43 for training, the 13th mutinied, a rebellion the Grand Mufti helped to quell. Nazi officers failed to exhibit the Hapsburg 'touch' when dealing with this ethnic group. Steadfastly refusing to operate outside it's own area, the unit had to be returned to Jugoslavia in late'43. Once back in the Balkans, it refused to operate in coordination with other German and Croatian units, generally avoiding combat with partisans. Instead, the 13th SS confined it's activities to massacring Christian Serb villages, whilst also racking up record desertion rates. In October '44, during the general German retreat from the Balkans, the 2nd Panzer army disarmed these well equipped but highly unreliable troops for redistribution to German troops. Finally committed to combat against the Soviets later that year in Hungary, it performed so poorly it had to be withdrawn to Jugoslavia. The beginning of '44 it was still listed as "(remnant) 68 corps, 2nd PZ Army, before it was finally
disbanded shortly into the new year

**23rd Waffengebirgsdivision der SS 'Kama' (Kroatische No.2)
Formed in Bosnia,June'44 from Croat-Moslems. SS Regiments 56, 57, 58


**23rd Waffengebirgsdivision der SS 'Kama' (Kroatische No.2)
Formed in Bosnia,June'44 from Croat-Moslems. SS Regiments 56, 57, 58
*** Morale was so poor during training that it never saw action and was disbanded only 4 months later, soldiers here proving too difficult to discipline. Cadre of Germans and Volksdeutsch. Note tell that the training ground selected for this unit was in the way of a Soviet offensive, and it was broken up and the cadres used as replacements for SS division 31( that unit collapsed as well..great recruit material!). Total strength on breakup, 3,293.

**SS Gebirgs Tartar Brigade: From the Tartar regiment, September '44. Mountain unit. Drawn from Mohommedan Tartars of the Crimea, it was a Police regiment with German officers. When the German army evacuated the Crimea, the regiment went with them, fearful of reprisals. Disbanded December '44, remaining personnel to other SS units .

13th Waffengebirgsdivison der SS- 'Handschar' ( Kroat No.1)
Raised from Croatian volunteers and Balkan Moslems in Jan'43 for anti-partisan work.
*** Possibly the worst regular combat unit in the Waffen-SS, this unit was formed as the "Bosnian-Herzegovinian" or "B.H" division. It first consisted of Bosnian moslems and Croat volunteers formed around cadres drawn from 'Prinz Eugen." When volunteers began to run short, Roman Catholics and Croatian Home-Guardsmen were induced to join. The 13th had many trappings of the Moslem regiments of the old Austro-Hungarian army, including a grey Fez and regimental Imams to lead prayers. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, a refugee from British justice, was installed as the division's religious overseer. Sent to south-central France in mid-'43 for training, the 13th mutinied, a rebellion the Grand Mufti helped to quell. Nazi officers failed to exhibit the Hapsburg 'touch' when dealing with this ethnic group. Steadfastly refusing to operate outside it's own area, the unit had to be returned to Jugoslavia in late'43. Once back in the Balkans, it refused to operate in coordination with other German and Croatian units, generally avoiding combat with partisans. Instead, the 13th SS confined it's activities to massacring Christian Serb villages, whilst also racking up record desertion rates. In October '44, during the general German retreat from the Balkans, the 2nd Panzer army disarmed these well equipped but highly unreliable troops for redistribution to German troops. Finally committed to combat against the Soviets later that year in Hungary, it performed so poorly it had to be withdrawn to Jugoslavia. The beginning of '44 it was still listed as "(remnant) 68 corps, 2nd PZ Army, before it was finally
disbanded shortly into the new year

**23rd Waffengebirgsdivision der SS 'Kama' (Kroatische No.2)
Formed in Bosnia,June'44 from Croat-Moslems. SS Regiments 56, 57, 58


The 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar (1st Croatian) was one of the thirty-eight divisions fielded as part of the Waffen-SS during World War II. The majority of its recruits were Croats and Bosniaks. Handschar (Bosnian/Croatian: Handžar) was the local word for the Turkish scimitar a historical symbol of Bosnia and Islam. An image of the Handschar adorned the division's flag and coat of arms.

The Handschar division was a mountain infantry formation, the equivalent of the German "Gebirgsjäger" (Mountain Hunters) units. It was used to conduct operations against Yugoslav Partisans in the Independent State of Croatia from February to September 1944.

After the fall of Sarajevo on 16 April, 1941 to Nazi Germany, the Yugoslav provinces of Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and parts of Serbia were recreated as a pro-Nazi satellite state, Nezavisna Država Hrvatska (NDH, the Independent State of Croatia). Croat-nationalist, Ante Pavelić was appointed leader.

On July 6, 1941 Pavelić's Culture and Education Minister, Mile Budak, announced that the Ustase considered the Bosnian Muslims an integral part of the NDH: "The Croatian State is Christian. It is also a Muslim State where our people are of the Islamic religion." Pavelić ordered the construction of a mosque: the Poglavniks Mosque (after his official title) in his efforts to secure the loyalty of the Bosnian Muslims[citation needed].

Bosnian Muslim clerics issued three declarations (fatāwa), all publicly denouncing Croat-Nazi collaborationist measures against Jews and Serbs: that of Sarajevo in October 1941, of Mostar in 1941, and of Banja Luka on 12 November, 1941 [1].

Despite Pavelić's assurances of equality, it wasn't long before many Bosniaks became dissatisfied with Croatian rule. An Islamic leader reported that not one Muslim occupied an influential post in the (local) administration. Fierce fighting broke out between Ustase and Partisans. A number of Ustase units believed that the Bosniaks were communist sympathizers, and burned their villages and murdered civilians.

The Fall of 1942 saw SS Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler and SS-General Gottlob Berger approach Hitler with the proposal to raise a Bosnian Muslim SS division.

By the New Year of 1943, over 100,000 Bosnian Muslims had been killed (9% of Bosniaks at the time) mostly by Serb Chetniks and 250,000 had been expelled from their homes. "The Muslims" remarked one German General, "bear the special status of being persecuted by all others". [2]

Himmler observed a fanatical, blind obedience in the Bosniaks. He thought that Muslim men would make perfect SS soldiers, as Islam "promises them Heaven if they fight and are killed in action."[citation needed]. Himmler was inspired by the success of Bosnian infantry regiments in WWI.

Georges Lepre wrote that "Himmler endeavoured to restore what he called 'an old Austrian' tradition by reviving the Bosnian regiments of the former Austro-Hungarian army in the form of a Bosnian Muslim SS Division. Once raised, this division was to engage and destroy Tito's Partisan forces operating in North-eastern Bosnia, thus restoring local 'order'. To be sure, Himmler's primary concern in the region was not the security of the local Muslim population, but the welfare of ethnic German settlers to the north in Srem. 'Srem is the breadbasket of Croatia, and hopefully it and our beloved German settlements will be secured. I hope that the area south of Srem will be liberated by ... the Bosnian division ... so that we can at least restore partial order in this ridiculous (Croatian) state.' [3]

Hitler formally approved the project on 10 February, 1943 and SS-Obergruppenführer Arthur Phleps, a Romanian ethnic German commander, was charged with raising the division.


[edit] Recruitment

SS Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler and SS Brigadefuhrer Karl-Gustav Sauberzweig during an inspection of Waffen SS Division Handschar (Handzar) aka. Scimitar, Sarajevo, 1943In Spring 1943, the Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammad Amin al-Husayni, (aka Amin al-Husseini), was recruited by the Nazis to assist in the organizing and recruiting Bosniaks into the Waffen SS and other units in Yugoslavia. He successfully convinced the Bosniaks to go against the declarations of the Sarajevo, Mostar, and Banja Luka clerics, who in 1941 forbade Bosnian Muslims from collaborating with the Ustaše. Croatian Foreign Minister Dr. Mladen Lorkovic suggested that the Division be named "SS Ustasa Division", not an SS Division but a Croatian unit raised with SS assistance, and that its regimental names be given regional names such as "Bosna", "Krajina", "Una" etc.

The Encyclopedia of the Holocaust states that "The Germans made a point of publicizing the fact that Husseini had flown from Berlin to Sarajevo for the sole purpose of giving his blessing to the Muslim army and inspecting its arms and training exercises". According to Aleksa Djilas in The Nation That Wasn't., al-Husayni "accepted, visited Bosnia, and convinced some important Muslim leaders that a Muslim SS division would be in the interest of Islam. In spite of these and other propaganda efforts, only half of the expected 20,000 to 25,000 Muslims volunteered." [4] Ante Pavelic, the Croatian leader, objected to the recruitment of an exclusively Muslim division and was concerned about a Muslim bid for independence, considering Muslim areas to be a part of the Independent State of Croatia. As a compromise the division was called "Croatian" and included at least 10% Catholic Croats.

Al-Husayni insisted that "The most important task of this division must be to protect the homeland and families (of the Bosnian volunteers); the division must not be permitted to leave Bosnia", but this request was ignored by the Germans [5]

According to Chris Ailsby, "Himmler convinced himself that Balkan Muslims were neither Slavs nor Turks, but were really Aryans who had adopted Islam." (Source: "SS: Hell on the Western Front. The Waffen SS in Europe 1940-1945", 2003. p.70). He believed the Muslims of Bosnia to be the same, racially, as the Croatians, and saw the Croatians as descended of Gothic and Persian stock. See also Iranian theory about descent of Croats

Recruitment for the division fell as the war progressed and when rumors spread that the division was going to fight the Soviets, the Muslims deserted in droves.[citation needed]

At the end of 1944, the separate Kama division was merged into the Handschar division.


[edit] Service
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The Bosnian Waffen SS units were recruited to combat Partisans, including residents of villages from where many of the recruits themselves originated. They operated in north-eastern Bosnia and partly in Srem.


[edit] Training
Sent to France, they were in training until November 1943, when they returned to Bosnia.


[edit] Villefranche-de-Rouergue Mutiny (September 1943)

Muslim soldiers of the Handschar reading a brochure about "Islam and Judaism", 1943On 17 September, 1943 while the Handschar was garrisoned in Villefranche-de-Rouergue (France), a group of communist infiltrators, led by Ferid Džanić staged a mutiny. They captured most of the Germans and executed five German officers. Apparently the mutineers believed that many of the enlisted men would join them and they could reach the western Allies. The revolt was put down with the assistance of the unit imam, Halim Malkoč and Dr. Schweiger. Approximately 20 of the rebels were killed summarily or after a trial. The Germans were convinced that they were communists who had infiltrated the unit in order to disrupt it. Afterwards there was a purge of members of the unit who were deemed "unsuitable for service" or "politically unsuitable". More than 800 were removed from the unit and sent to Germany for "labor service". Of those, 265 who refused to work were sent to Neuengamme Concentration Camp where many of them died. [6] When the city was liberated in 1944, they decided to pay tribute to the troops by naming one of its streets Avenue des Croates. According to Louis Erignac, Villefranche-de-Rouergue was the first free city of occupied France.


[edit] Operations against Yugoslav Partisans
Handschar participated in the largest anti partisan sweep of World War 2, Unternehmen Maibaum. Cooperating with 7.SS Prinz Eugen which did little in this operation.[citation needed]

The Division participated in Wegweiser, Save, Osterei, Maibaum, Maiglöckchen, Vollmond, Fliegenfänger, Heidrose and Hackfleisch operations from February to September 1944.[citation needed]


[edit] Composition
The Handschar division was commanded by German officers, and composed of native Germans from Croatia (Volksdeutsche), and Bosniaks, who are Muslims from Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was the largest of the Muslim-oriented divisions and the SS Divisions with 21,065 men, of whom 10% were Croatians. The division had a Muslim Imam for each battalion and a Mullah for each regiment[citation needed].


[edit] Commanders
SS-Obergruppenführer Artur Phelps (in charge of raising the division, from 10 February 1943)
SS-Oberführer Herbert von Obwurzer (1 April 1943 - 9 August 1943)
SS-Gruppenführer Karl-Gustav Sauberzweig (9 August 1943 - 1 June 1944)
SS-Brigadeführer Desiderius Hampel (1 June 1944 May-8 May 1945)

[edit] Order of battle
SS-Waffen Gebirgsjäger Regiment 27
SS-Waffen Gebirgsjäger Regiment 28
SS-Waffen Artillerie Regiment 13
SS-Panzerjäger Battalion 13
SS-Reconnaissance Battalion(mot) 13
Waffen-Gebirgs Pioneer Battalion 13
Waffen-Gebirgs Signals Battalion 13
Waffen-Flak Battalion 13
SS-Nachrichten-Battalion 13
Kroatische SS-Radfahr-Battalion
Kroatische SS-Motorcycle Battalion
SS-Divisionsnachschubtruppen 13
Versorgungs-Regiment Stab 13
SS-Verwaltungs-Battalion 13
SS-Medical Battalion 13
SS-Krankenkraftwagenzug
SS-Volunteer Gebirgs Vetinary Company 13
SS-Feldpostamt 13
SS-War Reported platoon 13
SS-Feldgendarmerie-Troop 13
SS-Reserve Battalion 13
SS-Training Battalion 13[citation needed]

[edit] Assignments
The Bosniak Waffen SS units were assigned to combat Yugoslav Partisans, including residents of villages from where many of the recruits themselves originated. The Handschar Division's main purpose was to fight against Tito's Partisans in Bosnia, and were trained and armed as a mountain division. It conducted operations against Tito's partisans in the Balkans from February 1944.


[edit] Operation Wegweiser
From 10 to 13 March 1944, the target of Operation Wegweiser was a part of the Syrmia region, held by partisans who were constant threat to Zagreb-Belgrade railway in particular forests around Bosut and villages around Sava river. This was the first operation for the newly formed 13th Waffen-Gebirgs Division der SS Handschar.


[edit] Operation Sava
Begun on 15 March, 1944 with the goal of clearing partisans from Semberija region, in northeastern Bosnia, across the Sava River, and was the Handschar's first offensive action. The assault was led by Sauberzweig, who wrote to the Handzar troops: "We have now reached the Bosnian frontier and will (soon) begin the march into the homeland… The Führer has provided you with his best weapons. Not only do you (have these) in your hands, but above all you have an idea in your hearts---to liberate the homeland….Before long, each of you shall be standing in the place that you call home, as a soldier and a gentleman; standing firm as a defender of the idea of saving the culture of Europe---the idea of Adolf Hitler."[7]

Sauberzweig also ordered that as the Handzar units crossed the Sava River, each commander was to read a prepared message, which emphasized that the "liberation" of "Muslim Albania" was a goal, and appealing directly to the Albanian troops in the Handschar Division. 27th Regiment for Handschar Division crossed Sava river at Sremska Rača on 15 March, 1944 advancing across the Pannonian Plain through Velino Selo to Brodac. Disparate sources say that Bijeljina was taken anywhere between 16 March and 17 March, around noon.[8][9] Regiment 27 then consolidated its position in the city whilst Regiment 28 bore the brunt of the fighting as it advanced through Pukis and Celic and Koraj at the Majevica mountains. Sauberzweig later recorded that II/28 "at Celic stormed the Partisan defenses with (new) battalion commander Hans Hanke at the point" and that the enemy forces withdrew after running out of ammunition and suffering heavy casualties. [10]


[edit] Operation Osterei
Operation Osterei began on 12 April, 1944 at 3 a.m. with the goal of clearing the Majevica mountain. 27th Regiment quickly captured Janja and through Donja Trnova reached an important objective, the Ugljevik mine. The II./27. reported 106 dead, 45 captured and 2 deserted enemy soldiers.

A Handschar reconnaissance detachment linked up with 1st Home Defense Mountain Brigade on western slopes of Majevica. 28th Regiment moved across Mackovac and after fighting around Priboj pushed 38th Division south. [11]


[edit] Operation Rübezahl
The German assault on Sandzak (Operation Rubezahl) was commanded by Artur Phleps, who commanded "Group Kommando Sandschak" - consisting of the 7th SS Volunteer Mountain Division Prinz Eugen, the 1st Mountain Division, and the Handschar Division. The Handschar participated in the initial stages before transfer to the 2nd Corps, in order to protect the crossing of the Drina River (in eastern Bosnia), and the Skanderbeg Division. [12]


[edit] Operation Maibaum
It was a very large operation. Operation Maibaum's goal was to destroy the entire Third Bosnian Corps. Certain units of the attacking force were put on the river Drina to prevent the enemy's retreat into Serbia and Zvornik. Main units were to surround and take Tuzla and Vlasenica. April 25, Zvornik fell with few casualties. 27 April the SS Division went into Kladanj and next day took Vlasenica. The 28 April would see the most bitter fighting between 13th SS and the partisans in the village of Sekovici. The battle lasted 24 hours ending with a huge human losses on both sides, as well as many captured enemy weapons and ammunitions.[citation needed]


[edit] Operation Maiglöckchen
17th of May 1944, the Division went south towards Stolica. Where they met with the 17th Majevica brigade which in the battle for Stolica lost average casualties of 16 dead and 60 captured.[citation needed]


[edit] Uniform
The uniform worn by the division was regular SS field-jacket issue, with a divisional collar patch showing an arm holding a Scimitar, over a Swastika. On the left arm was a Croatian armshield (red-white chessboard). Former SS personnel who were serving in the division were entitled to wear a Sig Rune badge that was attached to the breast pocket of the tunic. Unlike other SS divisions, no cufftitle existed for members of the Handschar. Headgear was either the fez which was permitted to be worn by all ranks, while German officers had the option to wear the mountain cap (Bergmütze). The fez was chosen for the Division by Heinrich Himmler due to it having been worn by the Bosnia-Herzegovinian infantry regiments of the Austro-Hungarian Army from 1894 to 1918, as well as by the Austro-Hungarian Albanian Legion from 1916-18. There were two versions of the fez made: a field gray model to be worn in combat and while on duty, and a red colored model that was worn during parades, marching exercises, and while off duty. Both the fez and mountain cap bore the death's head and eagle of the SS, the mountain cap was also adorned with an Edelweiss flower patch, worn on the left side of the cap. [13]


[edit] Division Hymn
(Set to the melody of "Bombs on England") "Sa Pjesmom u Boj"

Pjesma jeci, sva se zemlja trese,

SS-vojska stupa roj u roj,

SS-vojska sveti barjak vije.

SS-vojska sve za narod svoj.

Daj mi ruku ti, draga Ivana,

oj s Bogom sad, oj s Bogom sad, oj s Bogom sad

idem branit, idem branit, idem branit mili,

rodni kraj, rodni kraj.

U boj smjelo vi SS-junaci

pokazite domovini put!

Podjite putem slavnih pradjedova

dok ne padne tiran klet i ljut.

Ljubav nasa nek u srdcu plamti,

i sa pjesmom podjimo u boj.

Za slobodu mile domovine

svaki rado datce zivot svoj.

"Into Battle With a Song"

A song is in the air, the entire earth is shaking,

Columns of SS men march in step,

SS men wave the sacred banners.

SS men do everything for the people.

Give me your hand, dear lvana,

Follow God now, Follow God now, Follow God now

I shall defend, I shall defend, I shall defend my beloved

Homeland, Homeland

SS men are heroes in battle

Show our homeland the way

Follow the road of our glorious grandfathers

Until tyranny falls, cursed and bitter

Let love burn in our hearts

And with a song let's enter battle

To liberate our beloved homeland

For which anyone would gladly sacrifice his life.


[edit] See also
List of Knight's Cross recipients 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar (1st Croatian)
Alpine Infantry
Waffen-SS
Villefranche-de-Rouergue uprising

[edit] References
^ Stephen Schwartz - The Jews, the Serbs, and the Truth "front page mag". http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=17416.
^ "Himmler's Bosnian Division" by Georg Lepre, p15-16.
^ Lepre , p17
^ Mousavizadeh p.23
^ Lepre, p.34
^ Lepre, Chap. 4
^ "militaryphotos". http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/archive/index.php/t-11788.html.
^ "battle and operations". http://www.vojska.net/eng/world-war-2/battles-and-operations/.
^ "kosovs nazi past". http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/archive/index.php/t-11788.html.
^ "kosovo nazi past". http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/archive/index.php/t-11788.html.
^ "world war 2 opersations". http://www.vojska.net/eng/world-war-2/operation/osterei-1944/.
^ "military photos". http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/archive/index.php/t-11788.html.
^ "handsar". http://www.srpska-mreza.com/handzar/handzar.htm.
Lepre, George. Himmler's Bosnian Division: The Waffen-SS Handschar Division 1943-1945. Atlgen, PA: Schiffer Military History, 1997 ISBN 0-7643-0134-9
Mousavizadeh Nader The Black Book of Bosnia Basic Books, New York, 1996
Munoz, Antonio J., editor.The East Came West: Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist Volunteers in the German Armed Forces. (chapters 2 and 13) Bayside, NY: Axis Europa, 2001 ISBN 1-891227-39-4
Svijet: Sarajevo weekly magazine (issues 2 November, 16 November and 23 November 1997) [1]

[edit] External links
The Jews, the Serbs, and the Truth at Frontpagemag.com
13.Waffen-Gebirgs-Division der SS "Handschar" (kroat.Nr.1) at Feldgrau.com.
13. Waffen-Gebirgs-Division der SS Handschar (kroatische Nr. 1) at Axis History Factbook.
The Role of the SS Handschar division in Yugoslavia's Holocaust: [2]

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Forgotten Soldier



Ex Brigadier Siddique Satti MC


by 




Agha.H.Amin




It was through the memorable poetry of Ex Brigadier  Siddique Satti  MC of the Pindi Conspiracy fame that I discovered what the Indian Army had gone through in the First World War. "My brother was blown to bits in Flanders, my cousins died of Maggots in their wounds at Kutalmara" so ran Siddique's verses. 

He had spent some years of his life incarcerated in the notorious Mach Jail and it was a treat to spend an evening with him! His anecdotes, recollections and yarns were a finer substitute for a chemical substance of another kind ! 


It was through Siddique that I discovered that the Indians had done something at the Suez Canal in the First World War! 

Saddique wrote brilliantly ! His writings contained that pain and bitterness which only a political prisoner can discover in the ice cold cells of Mach Jail ! A jail where the sunlight never reaches many cells !


A relative of his one Mr Yasir Manzoor had the following to relate about him on the face book :--


When Pakistan came into being,Brigadier Sadiq Satti was attending Staff College Course at Camberly (England). An Indian General met him there and offered him early promotion, if he joined the Indian Army. In response, Brig Sadiq posed him a question: "Sir, my village is located at a hill top. Do you know what I would do, if the whole of my clan decides to jump down?" The Indian General thought that being an educated man, Brig Sadiq should have persuaded his men to refrain from such a suicidal action but he was shocked when Brigadier Sadiq Satti told him, "Sir, I would jump with them. It is immaterial whether I survive or die. This is how we live. My village has decided to join Pakistan. I am with them."






I met Brigadier Saddique Satti in Islamabad in 1981. He was then busy translating Iqbals verse in English.

Man never suffers defeat , without perishing he goes into retreat , so Saddique translated Iqbals thoughts !

He lived in Islamabads F 7 sector and later shifted to the E sector.

Islamabad was dripping with US Dollars of the Afghan war and was being transformed from a ghost town with few cars into a dirty rich capital of a state whose policy has always been to sell its soul and its soldiers for US Dollars !

Saddique Satti was a spirited old man ! Old in years but young in spirits !

He had much to share about how the Pakistani state was buggered and destroyed right fromthe early years by its own politicians and generals.

His nephews had been my fathers class fellows and friends at the Gordon College Rawalpindi.

Its a tragedy that Saddique Satti did not leave any reminiscences .These would have been a first rate source for initial militart and political history of Pakistan.

The Sattis that I saw in the military were nowhere near Saddique Satti in calibre or elan . But then Saddique Satti was a great man not beacuse he was a Satti Rajput but because he was great !


I am extremely sceptical about the assertion that belonging to a tribe can make a man great ! A typically flawed assertion !

In terms of tribal history the Dhunds or  Abbasis of Murree have the highest stature in Punjab because they were the only ones to rebel against the Enflish East India Company in 1857 apart from Kharrals of Jhamra led by the indomitable Ahmad Khan Kharral.

But then Kharrals are Kharrals and few can match their fiercely Jaangli independence.

I was particularly impressed by one Major Zohrab from 15 SP in August 1984 ! He was a member of a court of inquiry and supported me fearlessly ! He also was my battery commander in 15 SP with whom I was attached from 09 August 1984 to mid october 1984 at Kharian and Qila Sobha Singh. Zohrab was an Abbasi from the Abbasi clan of Murree and had some qualities of the Abbasi rebels of 1857.


Zohrab  was bitter about the manner in which the army dealt with its officers welfare and was convinced that if anything happened to him his family would be the loser and no one in the army will bother ! This is what happened to the families of the Kargil soldiers . 


A sad and disgraceful chapter of Pakistani military history ! Although the architects of that disgraceful failure Musharraf , Aziz , Javed Hassan and Masud Aslam did extremely well ! But war is hell ! And the only ones who discover this are the families of those killed in action ! And they dont deliver lectures in Harvard or Yale ! So the lies remain in circulation and the truth is buried in obscure unknown rocky wilderness !

It was ironic to hear from NLI friends that some of the widows of the Kargil war were literally forced to do follow most undignified courses in life ! But who cares in this half dead state called Pakistan about to crash into total oblivion !

In the Pakistan Army as one officer put it you have to be a general or dead to get any benefits ! I would state that the widows of the Kargil soldiers from ranks were even denied this privilege !

Saddique Satti was a great man ! Although few know him today !

May God Bless his soul !