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

Dates: 12 August – 2 September 1942. (1)

Objective: To destroy Dalmatian Partisan groups in the Biokovo area 40 to 50 kilometers east of Split.

Enemy Forces: Elements of the 1st Proletarian and 4th Montenegrin Brigades, Battalion “Jozo Jurčević” and the Central Dalmatian Partisan Detachment.

Axis Forces:
15th Infantry Division “Bergamo”
18th Infantry Division “Messina”
89th CCNN Bn.
29th Battalion “M”
MVAC Chetnik auxiliaries
Local garrison troops (from 12th Infantry Rgt.?)

Conduct of Operations and Results
: Sweeping through Biokovo and advancing toward the town of Arzano/45 km east of Split, the Italian troops burned down 10 villages and killed and arrested several hundred people. An official after-action report and casualty figures have not been found for this operation.

1. [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Hronologija oslobodilačke borbe naroda jugoslavije 1941-1945 (Belgrade, 1964), p.323; [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Oslobodilački rat naroda Juooslavije 1941-1945, 2 Vols (Belgrade: 1965), p.298.