Operation Cannae (iii)

(village in the Apulia region of south-eastern Italy)

This was a German and Croat unrealised operation against the partisan forces of Marshal Josip Broz Tito in the puppet state of Croatia in German-occupied Yugoslavia (16 January/3 February 1944).

The undertaking’s objective was the clearance of undetermined partisans from the area between the Sava and Drava rivers, and thereby make it possible to seize foodstuffs for the Croat armed forces.

The German contribution to the operation took the form of elements of Generalleutnant Josef Brauner von Haydringen’s 42nd Jägerdivision, elements of Generalmajor Georg Zwade’s 367th Division and one Croat police battalion of ethnic Germans, while that of the Croats was 1/1st Ustaše Regiment, reinforced 3rd Recruit Battalion, elements of Pukovnik Stjepan Peričić’s 1st Mountain Brigade, major elements of Pukovnik Stjepan Grlić ‘s 4th Mountain Brigade, 2/2nd Regiment, Artillery Battery/Domobran Central School ‘Varaždin’, one howitzer battery, four tanks and air force support.

The operation was cancelled on 3 February by Generaloberst Dr Lothar Rendulic’s 2nd Panzerarmee and replaced by ‘Kaub’.