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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2021 9:20 p.m. PST

"Operation was more of ad hoc affair with what started as simple mopping up of routed enemy formations turning into large-scale engagement lasting for several days requiring air support it also know as battle for Od┼żak although primary focus was on village of Vla┼íka Mala (Mahala).

Rapid retreat of German 21st and 34th Corps from Bosnia at the beginning of April 1945, left many NDH and Bosnian Chetnik units in disarray. Some soldiers defected to Partisans hoping to join wining side despite the fact that last amnesty offered by Tito expired in January (its seems many Croatian Home Defense soldiers and ordinary Chetniks did get drafted to replace losses suffered by Yugoslav army), others simply went home. Most attempted to withdraw with German army and many found themselves cut off by rapid advance of Partisans, those which didn't surrender attempted to hide in forest and mountains. Around Od┼żak, Vla┼íka Mala (also Vla┼íka Mahala) and Prud large group of NDH troops realizing they couldn't retreat decided to dug in.

Total strength of NDH troops varies from few thousands up to 11000 Ustasha and Home Defense soldiers, more realistic estimates put number at around 2500-3500 local ustasha and militia formations, remains of 12th and 15th HOS divisions supported by 8 mortars and larger number of automatic weapons. Commanders were Petar Rajkova─Źi─ç – Baja (sometimes misspelled Rajkovi─ç) and Ivo ─îilu┼íi─ç. Village of Vla┼íka Mala had two storey bunker dominating surrounding area, line Od┼żak – Poto─Źani – Svilaj located in triangle of Bosna and Sava river was connected with trenches reinforced with earthen and concrete bunkers and fortified buildings surrounded by barbwire…"
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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2021 9:01 p.m. PST




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