Operation Windstoss

wind flurry

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 (6/8 February 1943).

The undertaking’s objective was to clear the partisans (possibly of the 4th Division) from the road linking Lipik, Okučani, Novska and Banova Jaruga. The Germans committed elements of Generalleutnant Josef Brauner von Haydringen’s 187th Reserve-Division, and the Croats the 1st and 2nd Battalions of Pukovnik Josip Šolc’s 1st Mountain Brigade. This was a small and localised operation that resulted in the killing of three partisans and the capture of 83 persons suspected of being partisans. There were no German or Croat casualties.