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

Dates: 3 – 6 January 1944. (1)

Objective: To open the line of communication south to the line Zenica – Travnik – Jajce by advancing from assembly points at Derventa, Doboj, and Teslić.

Enemy Forces: 11th Assault Division NOVJ, 12th Division NOVJ, Prnjavor NOP Detachment, Doboj-Derventa NOP Detachment.

Axis Forces:
German
187. Reserve-Div. (elements)
II. Kos.Reiter-Brigade Kaukasus/1. Kosaken-Kav. Div.
Geb.Jäger-Rgt. 98/1. Gebirgs-Div.
Chetnik auxiliaries
Croatian
1st Jäger Brigade
5th Jäger Rgt./3d Jäger Brigade

Conduct of Operations and Results: Part of the larger operation named “Waldrausch”, the Axis forces advanced rapidly toward their objectives. Prnjavor was taken on 4 January and the spearheads from Doboj quickly moved south along the Bosna Valley to Zenica and then west to Travnik and Jajce. Casualties attributably to this operation are not known.

Footnotes
1. [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Hronologija oslobodilačke borbe naroda jugoslavije 1941-1945 (Belgrade, 1964), p.649; [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Oslobodilački rat naroda Juooslavije 1941-1945, 2 Vols (Belgrade: 1965), pp.47-51.

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