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

Dates: 7 – 11 February 1944. (1)

Objective: To complete Operation “Dubrovnik” that commenced on 21 January.

Enemy Forces
: 32d Division NOVJ.

Axis Forces:
German
A few (but not identified)
Croatian
1st Rgt./PTS (1,700 Ustasha)
Mobile Group/PTS
Armored Group/PTS
V Ustasha Brigade (I and VII Ustasha Battalions)

Conduct of Operations and Results
: The major action began on 9 February around the village of Veliki Poganac (west-southwest of Koprivnica). The combined forces of the PTS and V Ustasha Brigade looted and burned down a number of other villages in the Kalnik Mountains during this operation. In terms of results, the Partisans claim they only lost 22 killed, 21 wounded and 17 missing during “Dubrovnik 2”, while the Ustasha lost 88 killed, and 109 wounded. The Partisans also claim they damaged 2 PTD tanks and destroyed one truck. These loss figures are both questionable and incomplete.

Footnotes
1. [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Hronologija oslobodilačke borbe naroda jugoslavije 1941-1945 (Belgrade, 1964), pp.658 and 679; [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Oslobodilački rat naroda Juooslavije 1941-1945, 2 Vols (Belgrade: 1965), p.158; Zbornik dokumenata, Tom V/24, pp.593-94; Bulat, Rade - Deseti korpus, pp.37-38.

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