Operation Wegweiser

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This was a German operation to clear the partisan forces of Marshal Josip Broz Tito from that part of Syrmia, in German-occupied Yugoslavia, which threatened the railway line linking Zagreb and Belgrade, in particular the forests around Bosut and the villages flanking the Sava river (10/13 March 1944).

The undertaking was controlled by SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Karl-Gustav Sauberzweig’s 13th SS Gebirgsdivision ‘Handschar’ (kroatisch Nr 1), and was also the first time that this formation had seen action. The land forces were divided into three Kampfgruppen: Kampfgruppe 1 comprised the 13th Artillerieregiment of the 13th SS Gebirgsdivision, one reconnaissance detachment, two companies of the 40th Jägerregiment of Generalleutnant Josef Brauner von Haydringen’s 42nd Jägerdivision, one platoon of self-propelled guns, one platoon of 88-mm (3.465-in) Flak guns and one police company; Kampfgruppe 2 comprised the 28th SS Gebirgsjägerregiment of the 13th SS Gebirgsdivision, one battalion of artillery and one company of police; and Kampfgruppe 3 comprised the 27th SS Gebirgsjägerregiment of the 13th SS Gebirgsdivision, one battalion of artillery, one company of pioneers, two platoons of Flak guns and support elements of the 42nd Jägerdivision, which also provided blocking units.

The Croat armed forces also provided the river gunboat Bosna.