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G. Trifkovic wrote:It helps a lot! If you come across any additional info on this episode, please feel free to post it.
Also relatively well-known is the burning of the village Strmec at the Predil-Pass on 10 October 1943. All male inhabitants (16) where shot.
car_freak wrote:There was some airbombing to Kobarid city and near villages.
Hecht wrote:Kobarid was occupied without big problems in 1 day flat by the SS-Karstwehr-Btl. on the 31st of October.
On the 3rd of November the whole area surrounding Kobarid was also cleaned.
I am looking for some information on German reprisals during and following the destruction of the Yugoslav partisan republic in Kobarid in November 1943. Besides, I would be anxious to know the rough number of partisan losses during these fights.
Hecht wrote:On 10.11.1943 the SS-KWB attacked a partisan group on the the Crni Vrh causing around 100 KIAs.
Strangely enough, Yugoslavia (and later Slovenia) never pursued this case, even though the communist partisans had copies of the beheading photos quite soon after the crime happened. One can only speculate why this was the case, but there is some evidence to suggest that Slovenian collaborators were amongst the perpetrators. Besides, nobody of the SS-KWB came into Yugoslav captivity in 1945.
trekker wrote:Negotiations were started by Brandt who was in Bovec. He sent a letter to partisans in Kobarid saying he would like to negotiate a free passage of his troops through Kobarid. Partisan leadership prepared an answer after they had decided to use negotiations for liberating partisan supporters jailed in Udine since the beginning of 1943. Letters were exchanged through a judge from Tolmin.
trekker wrote:15.9.1943 Črnugelj and Miklavič went by car to Bovec where they were met in an inn. German side offered not to attack partisans in return for not being attacked and letting them a free passage to Kobarid. Partisan negotioators expressed their doubt considering fights in course and the fact that people arrested by Italians were still kept in prison. They said they were not authorized to make decisions and would report German offer to their superiors only.
Next day, German commander sent a message he would send his officer to Kobarid who would escort partisan representatives to Udine where prisoners would be set free.
trekker wrote:The following day, four motorbikes with partisans, a car with the German officer and two buses for transportation of prisoners set for Udine. Arriving there, they went to the prison where the German officer asked for prisoners from the list prepared by partisans. In that moment, gestapo entered and took away the German officer leaving partisans in peace but ordering them not to leave the building. When German officer returned after two hours, 56 prisoners were released and brought to Kobarid where German officer was allowed to meet German prisoners and to return to Bovec. He stated that prisoners were treated well.
German side published leaflets asking the population to cooperate with German authorities as the release of 56 prioners proved their friendy attitude. Leaflets were distributed by three soldiers on a motorbike on the way from Bovec to Srpenica where they run into a partisan ambush having one soldier wounded. Immediately after that event partisans blew up the brigde over the Učja river in Žaga.
trekker wrote:Afterwards, letters were being exchanged between both sides for several days before all contacts ended. Germans declared partisans broke off negotiations and outwitted them.
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