(White) / Unternehmen WEISS / Fourth enemy offensive: Battle of Neretva
DescriptionOriginal Axis plans for 1943 called for operation WEISS I-III to eliminate partisans followed by SCHWARZ which called for disarming of Chetniks in Italian occupation zone which were completely enlisted in Italian Voluntary Anti-Communist Militia (Milizia Volontaria Anti-Comunista - MVAC), since during WIESS II partisans annihilated most of Chetniks and broken through into eastern Herzegovina and Montenegro, WIESS III was called off and SCHWARZ was redesigned to finish the job of elimination of partisans before anticipated allied landing in Balkans.
Orders of Battle
- German losses totaled 335 dead and 101 missing.
- Italian 12th Infantry Division 'Sassari' from 15 to 21 Februrary between Boricevaca and Zalusenice lost 52 officers and 811 soldiers and all heavy equipment.
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