Operation "Virovitica" (1943-04-03)
- Published: 23 January 2011 23 January 2011
- Last Updated: 07 April 2012 07 April 2012
Dates: 3 – 5 April 1943. (1)
Objective: To engage and destroy Partisans in an estimated strength of 1,500 to 2,000 in the Moslavačka Mountains.
Enemy Forces: Undetermined.
187. Reserve-Div. (2 battalions, 2 batteries of artillery, plus divisional support units)
1st Mountain Division (3 battalions with divisional support elements0
1st Light Tank Co./1st Mountain Div. (one platoon of tanks)
I Bicycle Infantry Bn. (elements)
Croatian Agricultural Guard Bn.
VI Recruit Bn.
1st Replacement Transfer Co./1st Infantry Rgt.
Replacement Transfer Co./2d Infantry Rgt.
Conduct of Operations and Results: A thoroughly uneventful and disappointing operation that was called off just two days after it started. Except for a few stragglers that were picked off along the way, the enemy was never located and brought to battle. This operation is not mentioned in the postwar Yugoslav literature.
Losses (according to German reports)
Germans: - none –
Croatians: 2 wounded.
Partisans: 15 killed, 9 wounded and 16 captured.
1. NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-315 roll 1553/983, 1158-74).