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

Dates: 24 – 28 August 1942. (1)

Objective: To destroy a large Partisan group in the area around Šekovići/14 km NNW of Vlasenica in East Bosnia.

Enemy Forces: 6th East Bosnian NOU Brigade and the Birčanski NOP Detachment.

Axis Forces:
Total strength of German and Croatian forces estimated at 7,000 – 8,000.
718. Infanterie-Div.
Feldgendarmerie-Abt. (mot.) 501 (elements)
10.Zug/Panzer-Kp. 12
I Bn./3d Infantry Rgt.
I Bn./8th Infantry Rgt.
VI, VII, IX and XI Artillery Groups (elements)
1st Independent Mountain Gun Platoon
Ustasha “Black Legion” (3 to 4 battalions)
Moslem Militia
Chetnik battalion

Conduct of Operations and Results: The attacking German-Croatian forces began encircling the Partisans in the Šekovići area on 25 August, but the enemy slipped away during the night of 28/29 August and the operation was a total failure. The Germans reported 2 Germans and Croatians killed and 8 wounded, with Partisan losses of 8 killed and 32 captured.

1. [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Hronologija oslobodilačke borbe naroda jugoslavije 1941-1945 (Belgrade, 1964), p.320; [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Oslobodilački rat naroda Juooslavije 1941-1945, 2 Vols (Belgrade: 1965), p.317.