Mostar operation

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Mostar Operation
Part of World War II in Yugoslavia
Date February 6–15, 1945
Location Mostar, Herzegovina
Result Partisan victory
Yugoslav Partisans  Nazi Germany
 Independent State of Croatia
Commanders and leaders
Petar Drapšin Nazi Germany Georg Reinicke
Casualties and losses
515 killed
336 missing
1,600 wounded[1]
several thousand killed, wounded or captured[1]

The Mostar Operation was a series of Yugoslav Partisan military operations in Herzegovina from February 6–15, 1945.

Most of central Herzegovina was part of the District of Hum in the Independent State of Croatia. Mostar was also home to an air field of the Air Force of the Independent State of Croatia.

Partisans took the Ustaše bastion of Široki Brijeg from the Germans on February 7, and captured the Chetnik stronghold of Nevesinje on the night of February 13/14.[2] They took Mostar without resistance on February 14. Upon entering the city, the Partisans took seven Franciscans, including the head of the Franciscan Province Leo Petrović, from the Church of Saint Peter and Paul and executed them.[3] Their bodies were subsequently dumped into the Neretva river.

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  1. ^ a b Mostarska operacija
  2. ^ Hoare 2013, pp. 268–269.
  3. ^ Father Leo Petrović
  4. ^ Anić 2004, pp. 211–212.

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