(Toplica-Jablanica operation - Topličko-Jablanička operacija)
Launched in July 1944 against newly formed 21st, 22nd, 24th and 25th Serbian division (some 8,000 soldiers) of NOVJ in southern Serbia, area of Kopaonik, Jastrepca and in Toplica and Jablanica valley with purpose to neutralize them as threat to Axis forces in central and northern Serbia and prevent connection with Operative Group of Divisions of NOVJ trying to break into Serbia.
It was joint operation of German forces backed by Bulgarian, Serbian quislings and elite chetnik units under command of major Radoslav Račić. Except Račić's Fourth group of assault corps which he brought from western Serbia, chetnik forces included local Rasina-Kopaonik Group of Assault Corps lead by LtColonel Dragutin Keserović, total strength of 10,000 men (see report from 15 July 1944 of military commander South-East Europe microfilm no.T-311 role 195, shot 725-726). Co-ordination between German command and chetnik forces was in hands of German major Erich Weyel and Germans, of course, supplied chetniks with munitions and some weapons. Total axis strength around 80,000 soldiers.
Operation TRUMPF was only first phase of the plan, it was followed by operations HALLALI and KEHRAUS.
Order of Battle
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