"Bosnian Serbs would have been required to relinquish or would have otherwise lost nearly 24 percent of the land they have held for generations."
And now read a comment about the book "Himmlers Bosnian Division: The Waffen- SS Handschar Division 1943-1945" (this book is written by the son of Karl-Gustav Sauberzweig, former Führer of the 13th Bosnian Muslim SS Division):
"A Good Introduction to the Bosnian Role in the SS
An interesting history of the 13th SS Mountain Division that was formed by the Germans from Bosnian Muslims in 1942. The division was initially well-armed and quite strong for a mid-war formation: about 20,000 troops. Lepre outlines how troops were recruited for the division and trained in France and Germany. However the Germnan selection process did not weed out all malcontents and consequently, a mutiny broke out during training in France and several German officers were murdered before the ringleaders were caught. Unfortunately, Lepre never gives us a complete breakdown of the organization and equipment of the division, particularly in comparison to other German mountain units. Nor does Lepre discuss the German occupation in Bosnia prior to 1942 or Muslim cooperation with the Germans in 1941. Another weakness is inadequate maps. The division did well in initially fighting against partisans when first committed to Bosnia in early 1943, but losses and declining morale ate at the unit by late summer 1943. By September 1943 the unit began to disintegrate with heavy desertions and fell apart completely when exposed to real combat in 1944. A core of German officers and NCOs, as well as some Bosnians, fought on as a battle group to the end of the war. The best part of the book is the first six months of the Handschar divisions deployment into Bosnia and the depiction of SS methods in attempting to suppress insurgency in the region. Since the SS Handschar division occupied roughly the same area as currently occupied by US forces in Bosnia, this book is an interesting historical introduction into the wartime complicity of Bosnian Muslims with the Third Reich."