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Battle of Želetava (Fall Grün)

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Battle of Želetava
DateOctober 18 - October 20, 1938
Result Indecisive
Belligerents
Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Flag of German Reich (1935–1945) Nazi Germany
Commanders
Flag of Czechoslovakia Brig. Gen. František Slunečko Flag of German Reich (1935–1945) Gen.Lt. Valentin Feurstein
Strength
Skupina 2 ”Jaromír” 2. Gebirgs-Division
Casualties and losses
232 killed,
300 WIA
321 killed,
200 WIA

Battle of Želetava took place between October 21 and October 12, 1938 in the vicinity of the town of Želetava, Czechoslovakia.

At Želetava the 2. Gebirgs-Division encountered ferocious resistance from the Skupina 2 ”Jaromír”, under the command of Brig. Gen. František Slunečko. On October 18, the Germans ran into defensive lines set up on the hills around Želetava and begun firing their mortars and heavy machine guns on the advancing Gebirgsjägers, who were forced to retreat. On October 19, German artillery began shelling the hills around the village in order to disorganise the defences, but despite this they failed to capture the town again on October 20.

Div. Gen. Sergěj Ingr, commanding officer of III. sbor “Hálek”, seeing that Třebíč was now threatened by a German attack, ordered Skupina 2 to fall back to Třebíč and set up defensive position in the town and along the villages Stařeč-Čechočovice-Markvarice-Chlístov. He also ordered the 14. divize “Fibich”, under the command of Brig. Gen. Josef Zmek, to move out from its base in Třešť and reinforce their positions in Jihlava and its surroundings.

See also

Invasion of Czechoslovakia
Battle of the Border
(Opava    Operation Freudenthal    Šatov    Znojmo   České Budějovice)

Bohemian front
(Plzeň    Prague)


Moravian front
(Olomouc    Brno)


Hungarian front
Komárno    Zvolen    Kosiče)

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