Operation Schneeschmelze

snow thaw

This was a German and possibly Croat operation against the partisan forces of Marshal Josip Broz Tito in the area of Zaprešić, Krapinske Toplice and Klanjec of the puppet state of Croatia in German-occupied Yugoslavia (13/15 March 1944).

The objective was the destruction of undetermined partisan concentrations in the area to the north of Zagreb. The German forces were elements of SS-Oberführer Georg Bochmann’s 18th SS Panzergrenadierdivision ‘Horst Wessel’, 55th SS Gebirgsjägerregiment and 2/56th SS Gebirgsjägerregiment of SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Karl-Gustav Sauberzweig’s 13th SS Gebirgsdivision ‘Handschar’ (kroatisch Nr 1), and 649th Landesschützenbataillon; there may also have been a small Croat contingent.

Nothing other than the operations order is known, so there is the possibility that the operation may have been cancelled.