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

Dates: 20 – 22 June 1943. (1)

Objective: To relieve elements of Croatian 11th Infantry Regiment surrounded by strong Partisan forces in the vicinity of Velika Kladuša in West Bosnia.

Enemy Forces: Unska Operational Group/4th Corps NOVJ and 2d Assault Brigade/8th Division NOVJ.

Axis Forces:
German
114. Jäger-Div. (elements)
Croatian
11th Infantry Rgt. (elements)
12th Infantry Rgt. (elements)
II Bn./II Mountain Brigade

Conduct of Operations and Results: The Partisan force had attacked and severely mauled two battalions belonging to the Croatian 11th Infantry Rgt. in Velika Kladuša/39 km SSE of Karlovac in an action that last 20 hours on 20-21 June. On approach of the German-Croatian relief column, the Partisans hurriedly departed the area and contact never materialized. This was a failed attempt by the Partisans to capture the town.

Losses (as reported by the Partisans)
Croatian: 40 killed, 100 wounded and 185 captured.
Partisan: 35 killed, 121 wounded and 10 missing.

Footnotes
1. [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Hronologija oslobodilačke borbe naroda jugoslavije 1941-1945 (Belgrade, 1964), p.493 and 498; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-315 roll 1294/708-11).

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