List of Serbian paramilitary formations

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This is a list of Serbian paramilitary units and formations throughout history. It includes Serbian volunteer militias loyal to the Habsburg Monarchy prior to Serbian independence, and organizations loyal to Serbia since. Note that many of the organizations either started out or ended up folded into official military organizations. These are distinct from institutions with formal status and a direct leadership structure under a nation-state, examples being the World War I era First Serbian Division and the post-2006 modern Serbian Army, which do not belong on this list.

Organizations created before World War I

Balkan Wars and World War I

  • Serbian Chetnik Organization, put under the command of the Royal Serbian Army in the Balkan Wars and World War I.
  • Black Hand, secret society responsible for the assassination of Austrian Crownprince, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand.
  • White Hand, a secret military organization in the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes (later the Kingdom of Yugoslavia). It was established in order to counter the influence of the Black Hand, and relied on the People's Radical Party.

World War II

Yugoslav Wars

See also


  1. ^ Report of the International Commission to Inquire into the Causes and Conduct of the Balkan Wars (p. 169)
  2. ^ a b The policy of ethnic cleansing (Final report of the United Nations Commission of Experts) Archived 2012-05-04 at the Wayback Machine.

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