Operation K (ii)

This was an Italian operation against the partisan forces of Josip Broz Tito in the puppet state of Croatia in Axis-occupied Yugoslavia (23/28 March 1942).

The operation’s objective was the relief of Italian garrisons which had been isolated by partisan activity in Herzegovina. The forces of Generale di Corpo d’Armata Riccardo Balocco’s V Corps involved included elements of Generale di Brigata Ottorino Dabbeni’s 13th Divisione ‘Re’, elements of Generale di Brigata Pietro Scipioni’s 57th Divisione ‘Lombardia’, one battalion and one artillery group of Generale di Divisione Giovanni Maccario’s 1st Divisione alpina ‘Taurinense’, one ‘Camicie Nere’ legion, and a detachment of tanks.

This six-day operation was carried out successfully by the V Corps to effect the relief the garrisons surrounded in Korenica, Udbina and Donji Lapac, all to the south of Bihać, and each side suffered only light casualties.