NDH anti-partisan operation from 28 to 30 November 1944 to surround and destroy Yugoslav Partisans 32nd Zagorje Division and Western group of Partisan detachments of Croatia in wider area of Zaistovac and Preska.
32nd Zagorje Division arrived in Zagroje were it carried out mobilization and attacks on roads Zagreb - Varaždin and Zagreb - Vrbovec. Task was first battle test for recently formed 1st Croatian Assault Division
20th Ustasha regiment advanced along Vrbovec - Lukovo - Preska - Lipnica - Salnik, with task of reaching blocking line Preseka - Salnik and make firm connection with group from Krizevci and group "Zelina" from Sv. Ivan Zelina by noon on 28 November. By 10.00 a.m. operation was developing as planed as mention in MINORS report. Partisan resistance was encountered at villages Poljancec, Lipnica, Hudovo.
NDH reports claimed heavy partisan losses:
- 154 killed
- 24 captured
- 1 commander
- 1 political commissar
- 1 machine-gun
- 2 submachine-guns
- 91 rifles
- 40 land mines
- messenger (kurir)
while losing only 1 killed, 1 drowned and 15 wounded.
Yugoslav Partisans reports dismisses these claims reporting their casualties at:
- 8 killed: Brlek Slavko, Đeri Juliška, Kolarec Slavko, Kovačić Alojz, Kraljiček Ivan, Lončar Vinko, Hercigonja and Milan Julije
- 3 wounded
- 37 missing
while claiming NDH troops had around 165 killed and wounded.
Order of Battle
32nd Division escaped encirclement and returned to Moslavina.
- 32. divizija NOVJ
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