Part of the Anti-Partisan Operations in Croatia series by H.L. deZeng IV

Dates: 28 – 30 November 1944. (1)

Objective: To clear Partisans from the Zaistovec – Preseka area to the west of Križevci that were threatening the main highway between Zagreb and Varaždin.

Enemy Forces: 32nd Division of NOVJ plus several quasi-independent detachments.

Axis Forces:
German
- none reported -
Croatian
PTD (elements)
20th Assault Rgt./1st Croatian Assault Div.
1st Garrison Brigade (two companies)

Conduct of Operations and Results
: Attacking in a strength of 2,283 men, the Croatians swept the area, but after offering limited rear guard resistance in the villages of Poljancec, Lipnica and Hudovo, the Partisans succeeded in evading them and withdrew from the area at night.

Losses (from Croatian records)
Croatians: not reported.
Partisans: 154 killed and 24 captured.

Footnotes
1. [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Hronologija oslobodilačke borbe naroda jugoslavije 1941-1945 (Belgrade, 1964), pp.1006; [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Zbornik dokumenata i podataka o narodnooslobodilačkom ratu jugoslovenskih naroda, Tom V (Borbe u Hrvatskoj), MINORS daily reports for “Trolist”.

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