Operation Richard (ii)

This was a German and Croat operation against mutinous and dissident Croat forces in the Razboj area of the puppet state of Croatia in Axis-occupied Yugoslavia (6/7 May 1943).

The operation’s task was to locate, pin and destroy a band of 183 deserters from the Croat armed forces and 35 Četniks plundering the area of Razboj, some 11 miles (18 km) to the east-south-east of Bosanska Gradiška in western Bosnia. The German contribution to the undertaking comprised elements of Generalleutnant Karl Eglseer’s 114th Jägerdivision and elements of the Geheime Feldpolizei, while that of the Croats comprised the 2/1st Jägerregiment, Engineer Company/2nd Jägerbrigade, 4th Ustaše Battalion and local gendarmerie.

No information about ‘Richard’ (ii), other than the operations order, has survived, and the undertaking may possibly never have taken place.