Operation "Merkur" (1943-11-25)
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Dates: 25 – 27 November 1943. (1)
Objective: To annihilate the Partisan supply base in and around the Krbavsko Polje (plain) between Gospić and Udbina, and in doing so destroy the ability of the Partisans in this area to threaten the vital Bihać – Knin supply road.
Enemy Forces: Undetermined.
114. Jäger-Division (main body)
Two (2) reinforced battalions from the 373. Infanterie-Div. (kroat.)
One (1) Ustasha battalion from the IV Ustasha Brigade
Conduct of Operations and Results: There is no after-action report for this operation, nor any mention of it in the postwar Yugoslav literature, which suggests that it was either uneventful or cancelled. A single line in a German history of the 373. Inf.Div. (kroat.) simply confirms that elements of the Division was engaged in operations along the Bihać – Knin road between 14 and 29 November.
1. Schraml, Franz - Kriegsschauplatz Kroatien (Neckargemünd: Kurt Vowinckel Verlag , 1962), p.171; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-314 roll 558/461).