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

Dates: 5 – 7 January 1943. (1)

Objective: To retake the town of Teslić in West Bosnia that had been captured on 2 January by units of the 1st Proletarian Assault Division NOVJ.

Enemy Forces: Elements of the 1st Proletarian Assault Division NOVJ.

Axis Forces:
German
I. u. III./Grenadier-Rgt. 738
I. u. II./Grenadier-Rgt. 750
Volksdeutsch Bn./Grenadier-Rgt. 738
Panzerzug 105 (Armored Train 105)
Croatian
IV Bn./1st Infantry Rgt.
I and IV Bn./8th Infantry Rgt.
I Bn./15th Infantry Rgt.
Teslić Volunteer Militia (115 men)
Chetnik auxiliaries
Croatian Air Force air support

Conduct of Operations and Results: Attacking from the direction of Doboj, Tešanj and Maglaj, the numerically superior Axis forces drove the Partisans out of Teslić and secured the town. According to figures compiled by the Germans after the operation, losses were,
Germans: 35 killed and 89 wounded;
Croatians: 1 killed and 32 wounded;
Partisans: 134 killed and 117 captured.

Footnotes
1. [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Hronologija oslobodilačke borbe naroda jugoslavije 1941-1945 (Belgrade, 1964), p.405; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-315 roll 2271/346-37).

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