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

Dates: 20 – 23 March 1944. (1)

Objective: To open the road between Bosanski Novi and Prijedor and destroy Partisans groups in the area to the west of Banja Luka in West Bosnia.

Enemy Forces
: 4th Assault Division NOVJ.

Axis Forces:
German
Two (2) reinforced battalions from 373. Infanterie-Div. (kroat.)
Panzergrenadier-Sturm-Btl. Pz.AOK 2 (Armored Infantry Assault Battalion of 2d Panzer Army)
Croatian
I Bn./13th Jäger Rgt. (4th Jäger Brigade)

Conduct of Operations and Results: This operation is barely mentioned in the Yugoslav literature and there are few details in the German records. It apparently ran according to plan but the Partisan main body avoided contact as usual.

Losses (from German records)
Germans: 1 wounded.
Croatian: unknown.
Partisans: 89 killed.

Footnotes
1. [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Hronologija oslobodilačke borbe naroda jugoslavije 1941-1945 (Belgrade, 1964), p.701; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-314 roll 560/1177 and 1191; roll 562/114).

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