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

Dates: 13 – 23 January 1944. (1)

Objective: To destroy the Partisan supply base in the Krbavsko Polje, a plain roughly bordered by the triangle Otočac – Bihać – Gospić.

Enemy Forces: 1st and 2d Brigades/Operations Staff for the Lika and 3d Brigade/13th Division NOVJ.

Axis Forces:
German
114. Jäger-Division
Croatian
Few if any

Conduct of Operations and Results
: Rather than proceed against the stated objective, Division elements advanced north from Gospić to Otočac and then northwest to Senj, clearing both sides of the road along the way.

Losses (from German records)
Germans: 6 killed and 53 wounded.
Partisans: 79 killed and 48 captured.

Footnotes
1. [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Hronologija oslobodilačke borbe naroda jugoslavije 1941-1945 (Belgrade, 1964), pp.657-59.

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