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

Dates: 30 September – 9 October 1942. (1)

Objective: To destroy Partisan groups in the Manjača Mountains 25 km southwest of Banja Luka in West Bosnia.

Enemy Forces: 6 Partisan brigades and 2 NOP detachments.

Axis Forces:
German
III./Infanterie-Rgt. 721
Panzer-Rgt. 202 (elements)
Artillerie-Abt. 661
Nachrichten-Kp. 714
Pionier-Kp. 714
Croatian
I Recruit Bn. (5 companies)
2d and 5th Co./Volunteer Bn. Banja Luka
VIII Artillery Group (elements)
1st, 2d and 3d Gendarmerie Co./Petrinja Brigade
12th and 29th Co./11th Infantry Rgt. (Petrinja Brigade)
2d and 3d Air Force Field Co./Petrinja Brigade

Conduct of Operations and Results: The course and results of this operation are unclear. It may have been part of the larger “Jajce I” operation that was underway in the same general area. In any event, German reports stated that their and Croatian losses were “minimal”, while an estimated 130 Partisans were claimed killed.

Footnotes
1. [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Hronologija oslobodilačke borbe naroda jugoslavije 1941-1945 (Belgrade, 1964), p 338; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-315 roll 2258/991).

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