Battle of Sutjeska statistics
|The 2nd Proletarian Division in Bosnia on the eve of the battle of Sutjeska, May 1943.|
The occupier, known as the "Fifth Enemy Offensive" or the Battle of Sutjeska, introduced about 127,000 soldiers (67,000 Germans, 43,000 Italians, 2,000 Bulgarians and 15,000 domestic servicemen) with the support of 170 planes, 8 artillery regiments and a large number tanks - against the Main Operating Group of about 22,000 partisans. Or: six to one, which according to military standards, is twice as much that it is necessary for the absolute combat success of the attackers.
The Main Operational Group managed to break out of the environment with huge losses of 7,543 dead soldiers, including 597 Partisans women, which is an unforgettable example of losing women combatants in the history of wars.
Most of the fighters were from Croatia - 8,925, of which from Dalmatia - 5,195; from Bosnia and Herzegovina - 8,293; from Montenegro - 3,337; from Serbia - 1492; from Macedonia - 21; from Slovenia - 19; from abroad - 38.
In the national view, there were the most Serbs - 11,851; Croats - 5,220; Montenegrins - 3,295; Muslims - 866; Yugoslav - 757; Jews - 74; Slovenians - 21; Macedonians - 4; Albanians - 3; Italians - 10; Germans - 4.
Some regions (municipalities) have absolute records both by a number of participants and by number of killed:
There were 1,316 fighters from Šibenik, 787 were killed; from Split - 1,091, killed - 688; from Glina - 886, killed - 599; from Livno - 622, killed - 289; from Niksic - 571, killed - 190; from Knin - 568, killed - 334; from Dvor na Uni - 560, killed - 267; from Drvar - 550, killed - 203.
More than 67 percent were younger than 25 (14,215 fighters), while 48 percent of combatants belonged to the Communist Party of Yugoslavia (6,610) or the Communist Youth Association (4,065).
(According to General Svetozar Oro - with reference to Viktor Kucan, Memorial book on Sutjeska - Danas, Belgrade, August 4, 2002)
|Fighters Sutjeske the place of birth|
According to the war diary of the Supreme Command of the Wehrmacht of 13 June 1943
Our total losses from May 15 to June 12, 1943, in Operation Schwarz are 323 dead, 1696 wounded, and 217 missing.
Croatian losses: 43 killed, 184 wounded, 208 missing.
Enemy losses: 3252 counted killed, 4209 captured.
The Battle of Sutjeska caused heavy losses to the units of the National Liberation Army of Yugoslavia
1st Division: 1514 killed by 5041 fighters in total, or 30.03%
2nd Division: 2605 killed by 8106 combatants in total, or 32.14%
3rd Division: 1554 killed by 4664 fighters in total, or 33.32%
7th Division: 1349 killed by 2547 combatants in total, or 52.96%
Brigades with the highest number of fatalities in the battle were:
Second Dalmatian brigade - 764 fighters;
First Dalmatian brigade - 564 combatants;
Third Dalmatian brigade - 531 fighters;
The Fourth Proletarian Montenegrin brigade - 456 fighters;
First Proletarian brigade - 409 fighters;
The Fifth Proletarian Montenegrin brigade - 396 fighters,
Seventh Banija brigade - 365 fighters and
Second Proletarian brigade - 360 fighters.
Out of a total of 22,148 partisan fighters, how many participated in the battle in Sutjeska, 258 were decorated with the Order of National Hero, as well as the 16 Partisan Brigades, which were especially prominent in the battle. Of the 7,454 dead soldiers, 45 of them were proclaimed national heroes.