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

Dates: 3 – 22 June 1942. (1)

Objective: To clear the area east of Zenica and south of Zavidovići and destroy the Partisan bands reportedly located there.

Enemy Forces: Birčanski NOP and Volunteer Detachment, East Bosnian Assault Bn.

Axis Forces:
German
718. Infanterie-Div.
Croatian
I Bn./5th Infantry Rgt.
II Bn./7th Infantry Rgt.
I and II Bn./8th Infantry Rgt.
II Bn./15th Infantry Rgt.
IX Artillery Group
III and IV Military Frontier Battalions (elements)
Moslem Militia (elements)
Chetnik auxiliaries (elements)

Conduct of Operations and Results: Most of what little fighting there was developed between 15 and 22 June around Vlasenica/83 km east of Zenica. The Partisans were able to withdraw to the southwest and avoid being trapped and annihilated. The operation was considered unsuccessful.

Footnotes
1. [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Hronologija oslobodilačke borbe naroda jugoslavije 1941-1945 (Belgrade, 1964), pp.283-84; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-315 roll 2270/1-256).

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