Operation Osterglocke

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This was a German unrealised operation against the forces of Marshal Josip Broz Tito in occupied Yugoslavia in support of ‘Maigewitter’ (iii) (28/30 March 1945).

After completing ‘Berggeist’, SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS August Schmidhuber’s 7th SS Gebirgsdivision ‘Prinz Eugen’ was moved to Vareš in order to support ‘Maigewitter’ (iii) by General Hellmuth Felmy’s XXXIV Corps zbV with the object of preventing the Yugoslav 2nd Army from intervening in the fighting round Sarajevo and opening a more effective line of retreat for General Ernst von Leyser’s XXI Gebirgskorps from this region.

The 7th SS Gebirgsdivision started its advance on 28 March, but before it had progressed into a position from which it could have threatened Tuzla, the operation was cancelled on 30 March by the XXI Gebirgskorps as the attack of the XXXIV Corps was weakening and at the same time Yugoslav V ‘Krajina’ Corps was advancing on Kakanj, cutting the main line of retreat from Sarajevo and 363rd Regiment of Generalleutnant Eugen Bleyer’s 181st Division was cut off in the area of Romanija.

In this dangerous situation, the 7th SS Gebirgsdivision was divided, its 13th SS Gebirgsjägerregiment moving to Kakanj and its 14th SS Gebirgsjägerregiment being sent to Romanija, so ending any possibility of an advance toward Tuzla.