Operation Raureif

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This was a German and possibly Croat operation against the partisan forces of Josip Broz Tito in the Turbe area of puppet state of Croatia in Axis-occupied Yugoslavia (13/17 November 1943).

The object of this undertaking was to retake and hold Turbe, a small town 4.35 miles (7 km) to the west of Travnik, that was believed to be threatened with capture by the partisans, probably of the 5th Assault Division. The Germans contributed the 369th Grenadierregiment (kroatisch) of Generalleutnant Fritz Neidholdt’s 369th Division (kroatisch), and there may also have been a Croat contribution. The German regiment took Turbe on 15 November against no opposition.