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“The Axis attacks first.”
The Jelovica plateau was surrounded by all available enemy units of the police, military and gendarmerie, around 10 thousand men, encircling the 1st battalion of the partisan Savinjska detachment, headquarters of the 1st detachment group and part of the Selška company (around 150 partisans). It was a dark and rainy night when they received the order to break free from the encirclement with a sudden strong charge. Break free from the encirclement!
August 11th 1942
During the breakthrough they confiscated an officer’s purse with plans for the offensive which allowed them to avoid all enemy ambushes.