In 1943 Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler gave orders to establish a new waffen-SS division, consisting of Muslim Bosniaks. This new division should relieve Wehrmacht units in Yugoslavia for further deployment on the eastern front. The Division saw engagements in smaller anti-partisan operations and at the end of april 1944 the first larger operation took place, the goal of “Operation Maibaum” was the destruction of the III. Bosnian Partisan-Korps, consisting of three divisions which were located in the area of the river Drina. In course of “Operation Maibaum”, parts of the I.SS- Freiwilligen-Gebirgs-Regiment 28 were trapped in the village of Sekovici. To save them from total annihilation, the II.Bataillon of the regiment attacked the partisans in the hillside around the village.
Attacker: German (SS) (Elements of I./ SS-Freiwilligen-Gebirgsjäger-Regiment.28)
Defender: Partisan (Elements of Tito’s 17th East-Bosnian Division)