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

Dates: 23 – 31 January 1944. (1)

Objective: To clear Partisans from the supply roads in the Velika Kapela Mountains between Jesenica and Senj in North Dalmatia.

Enemy Forces: 13th Division NOVJ.

Axis Forces:
114. Jäger-Division (elements)
392. Infanterie-Div. (kroat.)
Few if any

Conduct of Operations and Results: The operation ran according to plan, although the advance was severely hindered at times by enemy ambushes, trees felled across the road and mines (of British manufacture). The advancing columns finally reached Sinj on 31 January, taking the town without opposition. No figures have been found for German losses, but the Partisans had 156 dead according to the Germans. A considerable amount of booty was captured, including 34 trucks that the Partisans had taken from the Italians back in September.

1. Schraml, Franz - Kriegsschauplatz Kroatien (Neckargemünd: Kurt Vowinckel Verlag , 1962), pp.234-38; [Vojnoistorijski institute] - Hronologija oslobodilačke borbe naroda jugoslavije 1941-1945 (Belgrade, 1964), p.659; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-314 roll 560/1094).