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

Dates: 14 – 17 October 1943. (1)

Objective: To cleanse the Fruška gora Mountains in Syrmia of Partisan concentrations.

Enemy Forces: Undetermined.

Axis Forces:
German
1. Kosaken-Kav.Div. (elements)
173. Reserve-Div. (elements)
Croatian
- none -

Conduct of Operations and Results: Operation was a relative success as judged by the loss figures, but no details concerning it have been found in either the German or Yugoslav records and literature, aside from an obscure book about the Cossacks in the German Army. The Cossack Division had only just arrived in Yugoslavia from Poland and was assigned to the LXIX. Res.Armeekorps effective 5 October. The operation was its baptism of fire and it performed well. The mountains were thoroughly combed and the Partisans denied a major troop concentration and supply area, at least for awhile.

Losses (from German sources)
Germans: 3 killed and 2 wounded.
Partisans: 217 killed and 89 captured.

Footnotes
1. Newland, Samuel J. - Cossacks in the German Army 1941-1945 (London: Frank Cass & Co., Ltd., 1991), pp.150-51; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-313 roll 189/7448780); (T-314 roll 1544/67).

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