Kosovo Operation (1944)

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For other combat operations in the Kosovo region, see Battle of Kosovo (disambiguation).
Kosovo Operation
Part of World War II in Yugoslavia
Bulgarian troops inYugoslavia.jpg
Date October 15 – November 22, 1944
Location Kosovo, Albanian Kingdom
Result Allied victory
Bulgaria Bulgaria
Yugoslav Communists
Albania Albanian Communists
Nazi Germany Germany
Albania Albanian Kingdom (1943–44)
Albania Balli Kombëtar
Commanders and leaders
Bulgaria Kiril Stanchev

Bulgaria 78,000 men
Bulgaria 85 tanks

Bulgaria 895 guns and mortars[1]

The Kosovo Operation (October 15–November 22, 1944) was a series of military operations leading up to one final push during World War II, launched by the Bulgarian army (commanded by Major General Kiril Stanchev)[2] with the assistance of Yugoslav and Albanian Partisans to expel German forces from Kosovo and prevent the retreat of German forces from Greece. The operation resulted in the capture of Kosovo by the Communists. By the end of the month Bulgarian 9th Infantry Division pursued the retreating enemy and reached the defensive line Raska - Novi Pazar.


  1. ^ History of the Bulgarians: Military history of the Bulgarians from antiquity until the present; Georgi Bakalov; 2007; pp. 564–566 (Bulgarian)
  2. ^ Bulgaria in the Second World War: 1939–1945; Marin Kalonkin; 2010; p.274 (Bulgarian)