At the time of the invasion on 6 April, the Yugoslavian Army was in the midst of mobilization; only eleven divisions were ready to face the thirty German, fourteen Italian and five Hungarian divisions that plunged into their country. Confusion and despair among the defenders of this land of poor communications and divided politics were endemic. German columns often tore through enemy reserve units that were still attempting to organize, scattering them before they formed. Once such instance occurred at Alibunara, where the 5th Mounted Regiment had been ordered to protect this mobilization center for two regimental headquarters. Just before noon, a German column was spotted on the road east of the village. Unhappily for the Yugoslavs, it was the vanguard of the 8th Panzer Division, with the 8th Motorcycle Regiment and 59th Recon Battalion in the lead. While most of the arriving inductees fled into the hills, and as the dismounted elements of the cavalry regiment took up hasty positions in the buildings, one squadron launched a heroic, hopeless charge to gain time.
Attacker: German (Kraftradschützen Regiment 8 / Aufklärungsbataillon 59 / Panzer Regiment 10)