By David Greentree
On 25 may perhaps 1944 800 males of the five hundredth SS Parachute battalion descended on Drvar, a city in the back of enemy traces in north-western Bosnia; their target was once to kill or seize Tito, a massive chief of the Yugoslavian partisan circulation. The Abwehr had chanced on his position there. SS significant Otto Skorzeny had even pinpointed his own quarters to a cave at the ridge that missed the village, yet due to inter-agency contention among the SS and Abwehr this knowledge was once now not exploited. however a plan was once built to land the battalion through glider and parachute in waves, which might be relieved the next day to come through a floor attack. Tito knew an assault used to be approaching yet disregarded the belief of an airborne attack. He manage another evening situation yet at the night earlier than the assault determined to stick in Drvar to have a good time his birthday.
At 0800 six hundred males landed via glider and parachute. The fiercest wrestle concentrated at the Communist social gathering HQ, which used to be demolished through satchel fees. Captain Rybka, the unit commanding officer, then redirected his forces at the ridge, effectively suspecting Tito used to be positioned there. aware of the prize that awaited them the German paratroopers have been relentless yet businesses of Tito's bodyguard battalion succeeded in repelling them. by the point the second one wave landed and one other assault may be fastened Tito had escaped in the course of the woods. The paratroopers have been compelled to withdraw to a cemetery and persisted successive assaults through the evening, earlier than aid arrived day after today.
The try to cast off Tito used to be a gigantic failure. The elite battalion were decimated with basically 2 hundred males healthy for accountability the next day to come. The Germans had did not make the most HUMINT approximately Tito's specific position and followed a plan that didn't bear in mind intelligence obstacles. Rybka's failure to redirect the second one wave onto the ridge above the cave ended all desire of project success.