Field Army Bernolák

Field Army Bernolák

Field Army Bernolák, sk. "Slovenská Poľná Armáda skupina "Bernolák". The Field Army Bernolak was an infantry unit during World War II. In Jozef Tiso's Axis WWII Slovak Republic, it took part in the German invasion of Poland (specifically, the Slovak invasion of Poland) in 1939 and the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941.

In October of 1939 it returned to Slovakia and was upgraded to a fully motorized division. As the Fast Troops Group "Kalinčiak it took part in Operation Barbarossa in 1941, advancing under Army Group South. In 1943 the Fast Division was reconstructed and the 1st Infantry Division was formed from the Fast Division in August of that year. However, the 1st Infantry Division saw very little action and was used for rear area duties until it was disbanded in July 1944 to form construction units.


The division's order of battle between 1939 and 1944 was as follows:

Army Commander, General Ferdinand Čatloš
* Slovak 1st Infantry Division "Janošík"
** Gen. Antonin Pulanich
* Slovak 2nd Infantry Division "Škultéty"
** Col. Ivan Imro, later Gen. Alexandr Čunderlik
* Slovak 3th Infantry Division "Razus"
** Gen. Augustín Malár
* Fast Troops Group "Kalinčiak"
** Col. Ivan Imro


* [ Film (from Czech TV)]


*Ready, J. Lee. London: Arms and Armour Press, 1995.

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