Operation "Geiserich" (1943-09-26)
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Dates: 26 – 27 September 1943. (1)
Objective: To capture Split on the Dalmatian coast, which had fallen under the control of Partisans and Italian soldiers who refused to surrender after Italy capitulated on 8 September.
Enemy Forces: 1st Dalmatian Assault Brigade, 4th Dalmatian (Split) Brigade and several thousand Italian troops. Total strength estimated at 6,000.
Approximately 2,500 troops with strong Luftwaffe air support provided by Fliegerführer Kroatien.
7. SS-Freiwillige-Gebirgs-Division “Prinz Eugen”
Grenadier-Rgt. (mot.) 92
XXVII Ustasha Battalion (from Sinj)
Conduct of Operations and Results: This tough assembly of motorized German veterans with armor quickly overran the enemy at Klis, a suburb on the east side of Split and took the city with ease. No German loss figures have been found, but the postwar Partisan literature claims the German-Croatians had 176 killed and missing, and 557 wounded. No figures for the Partisans have been found.
1. [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Hronologija oslobodilačke borbe naroda jugoslavije 1941-1945 (Belgrade, 1964), p.553; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-313 roll 189/7448735).