Operation "Klara" (1943-06-20)
- Published: 23 January 2011 23 January 2011
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Dates: 20 – 22 June 1943. (1)
Objective: To relieve elements of Croatian 11th Infantry Regiment surrounded by strong Partisan forces in the vicinity of Velika Kladuša in West Bosnia.
Enemy Forces: Unska Operational Group/4th Corps NOVJ and 2d Assault Brigade/8th Division NOVJ.
114. Jäger-Div. (elements)
11th Infantry Rgt. (elements)
12th Infantry Rgt. (elements)
II Bn./II Mountain Brigade
Conduct of Operations and Results: The Partisan force had attacked and severely mauled two battalions belonging to the Croatian 11th Infantry Rgt. in Velika Kladuša/39 km SSE of Karlovac in an action that last 20 hours on 20-21 June. On approach of the German-Croatian relief column, the Partisans hurriedly departed the area and contact never materialized. This was a failed attempt by the Partisans to capture the town.
Losses (as reported by the Partisans)
Croatian: 40 killed, 100 wounded and 185 captured.
Partisan: 35 killed, 121 wounded and 10 missing.
1. [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Hronologija oslobodilačke borbe naroda jugoslavije 1941-1945 (Belgrade, 1964), p.493 and 498; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-315 roll 1294/708-11).