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Husejin Biščević (28 July 1884-?) was the highest ranking Bosnian military officer in the 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar (1st Croatian) during World War II.

Life[edit | edit source]

Little is known of Biščević’s background, except that he had served in the Bosnian Herzegovinian Infantry. He “was a Bosnian Muslim who served in the Austrian army during the First World War.”[1]

He was an early volunteer for the Waffen SS Division and was appointed SS Obersturmbannführer (Lieutenant Colonel). He was posted to the Flak Abteilung 13 in August 1943 and acted as a father figure to the younger men. However he was deemed unsuitable to led men in combat and replaced on 1 March 1944.

Little is known of his fate after the war.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lepre, George (2000). Himmler's Bosnian Division: The Waffen-SS Handschar Division 1943-1945 Schiffer Publishing. ISBN 0-7643-0134-9 , p.118.

Literature[edit | edit source]

  • 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
  • Malcolm, Noel (1996). Bosnia: A Short History. New York University Press. ISBN 0-8147-5561-5
  • Lepre, George (2000). Himmler's Bosnian Division: The Waffen-SS Handschar Division 1943-1945 Schiffer Publishing. ISBN 0-7643-0134-9
  • Stein, George H. (1984). The Waffen SS: Hitler's Elite Guard at War, 1939-45 Cornell University Press. ISBN 0-8014-9275-0
  • 13.SS 'Handžar' divizija i njen slom u Istočna Bosni (Istočna Bosna, vol.2, 587)
  • Redzic, Enver, Muslimansko Autonomastvo I 13. SS Divizija (Sarajevo: Svjetlost, 1987).

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