Operation Manjača Gora

This was a German and Croat operation against the partisan forces of Josip Broz Tito in the puppet state of Croatia in Axis-occupied Yugoslavia (30 September/9 October 1942).

The undertaking’s objective was the destruction of the partisan forces (six brigades and two detachments) located in the Manjača mountain region, some 15.5 miles (25 km) to the south-west of Banja Luka in western Bosnia. The Axis forces comprised, as their German component, the 3/721st Regiment, 661st Artillerieabteilung, 714th Nachrichtenkompanie and 714th Pionierkompanie of Generalleutnant Friedrich Stahl’s 714th Division and, as their Croat component, five companies of the 1st Recruit Battalion, 2nd and 5th Companies of the ‘Banja Luka’ Volunteer Battalion, elements of the 8th Artillery Group, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd Gendarmerie Companies, 12th and 29th Companies of the 11th Regiment, and 2nd and 3rd Air Force Field Companies of the Petrinja Brigade.

The course and results of this operation are unclear, and it may in fact have been part of the larger ‘Jajce I’ operation that was under way in the same general area. German reports state that their and Croat losses were minimal, and claimed an estimated 130 partisans killed.