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

Dates: 8 – 12 May 1943. (1)

Objective: To destroy Partisans concentrated in the western Kozara Mountains within the rectangle Bos. Dubica – Bos. Kostajnica – Bos. Novi – Prijedor.

Enemy Forces: 5th Krajiški Assault Brigade/4th Assault Division NOVJ.

Axis Forces:
114. Jäger-Division (elements)
II Bn./II Mountain Brigade
II and IV Bn./III Mountain Brigade
II Bn./1st Jäger Rgt.
12th Infantry Rgt. (elements)
2d Co./Garrison Battalion Banja Luka
Engineer Co./2d Jäger Brigade
IV Ustasha Bn.
VIII Ustasha Bn.
Gendarmerie (elements)

Conduct of Operations and Results: As was so often the case, the Partisans managed to avoid contact with the numerically superior Axis forces until the discouraged Germans and Croatians finally ended the operation. According to the postwar accounts, there were very few casualties on either side.

1. [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Hronologija oslobodilačke borbe naroda jugoslavije 1941-1945 (Belgrade, 1964), p.471; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-315 roll 1294/537-45.