After the forces of the 56th Independent Kutina Battalion and 65th Independent Ivanić Grad Battalion liberated the village of Lovska between Novska and Lipik as part of Operation “HURRICANE ‘91”, the final battle for the strategic Trokut Motel began on 19 November 1991.
Located exactly halfway between Novska and Lipik, the Trokut Motel was of exceptional strategic importance as it allowed for monitoring of the territory around Bair, Lovska, Brezovac and Donji Čaglić in the Novljan area. Despite several unsuccessful attempts by Croatian forces to take control of this position, it was still partially surrounded even though the villages of Bair, Popovac, Brezovac, Livađani and Lovska were liberated during the course of Operation “HURRICANE ‘91”.
To help Serb forces at the Trokut Motel, the Yugoslav People’s Army (YPA) air force rocketed the positions of the 117th Brigade on 18 November, killing 2nd Battalion Commander Darko Ozmec and wounding seven soldiers. However, that did not discourage the members of that Koprivnica-Križevci brigade, assisted by the 56th Independent Battalion, from liberating the motel the next day.
It was a significant victory that solidified the line of defense, united forces at an important crossroads and facilitated surveillance of activity in and between enemy stongholds. This triumph opened up the path for the liberation of western Slavonia, particularly towards Korita, Jagma and Lipik. One of the legends of the Homeland War, Miroslav Blažek Kina, recalled the morning of 19 November when the Trokut was liberated:
We came up with a tactic that obviously worked. We attacked from two directions but it gave the enemy the illusion that we were attacking with very large forces from four directions and instead of resisting, they simply left. My soldiers and I came to the Trokut area and had the breakfast they had prepared. I remember what it was… there was tea, bread and sausages. We ate their breakfast.
Marijan, Davor. Novska u Domovinskom ratu. Novska: HVIDRA, 2009.
Antun Ciglenečki: “Za doručak smo jeli čaj, kruh i kobasice”, Compas.com.hr, access achieved November 11, 2019, https://www.compas.com.hr/clanak/3/134/za-doruak-smo-jeli-aj-kruh-i-kobasice.html
Kako je obranjena Hrvatska (episode 12). Croatian radiotelevision. Director: Zoran Margetić, screenwriter: Tomislav Šulj, 2016
Graduated with a Master’s Degree in History from the University of Zagreb. He has worked at the Croatian History Museum and as a researcher for the popular TV Calendar program for Croatian Radio and Television. He has authored several books and documentaries about Croatia’s Homeland War and is the creator/producer of the immensely popular “It Happened on this Day – Homeland War” Facebook page as well as the online portal Domovinskirat.hr. Borna also edits the Braniteljski.hr portal and is the host and editor of the daily segment “Patriotic Minutes” on Croatian Catholic Radio. He created CroHis to promote the values of the Homeland War and ensure that the sacrifices of those who defended Croatia’s independence would not be forgotten.