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Army of the Republic of Serb Krajina

Serbian Army of Krajina
Српска Војска Крајине (СВК)
Srpska Vojska Krajine (SVK)
Participant in the Croatian War
AllegiancePresident of Serbian Krajina
Colorsred, blue, white (Serbian tricolour)
Battles and war(s)
War FlagWar Flag of Serbian Krajina.svg

The Serbian Army of Krajina (Serbian: Српска војска Крајине/Srpska vojska Krajine, СВК/SVK), also known in English as the Army of the Republic of Serb(ian) Krajina, was the armed forces of the Republic of Serbian Krajina (RSK), a Serb breakaway state in Croatia during the Croatian War of Independence (1991–95). The army was officially established on 19 March 1992. The RSK covered an area of some 17,028 km² at its peak, and was located entirely inland and thus had no navy. The military, along with the self-proclaimed Republic of Serbian Krajina, dissolved in 1995 following the Croatian Operation Storm.

Organization

Commanders-in-Chief

No. Commander-in-Chief Took office Left office Time in office
1
Milan Babić
Babić, MilanMilan Babić
(1956–2006)
199219920 years
2
Goran Hadžić
Hadžić, GoranGoran Hadžić
(1958–2016)
199219941–2 years
3
Milan Martić
Martić, MilanMilan Martić
(born 1954)
199419950–1 years

Commanders

No. Commander Took office Left office Time in office
1
Mile Novaković
Novaković, MileMajor General
Mile Novaković
(1950–2015)
199219941–2 years
2
Milan Čeleketić
Čeleketić, MilanMajor General
Milan Čeleketić
(born 1946)
199419950–1 years
3
Mile Mrkšić
Mrkšić, MileGeneral
Mile Mrkšić
(1947–2015)
199519950 years

Structure

Territorial organization of SVK
Uniform of SVK
  • 105th Aviation Brigade
  • 44th Air defense rocket brigade
  • 75th Mixed artillery brigade
  • "Pauk" Operational Group
  • Special forces corps
  • 7th Dalmatia (dalmatinski) corps
  • 15th Lika (lički) corps
  • 21st Kordun (kordunski) corps
  • 39th Banija (banijski) corps
  • 18th West-Slavonia (zapadnoslavonski) corps
  • 11th East-Slavonia (istočnoslavonski) corps

At the creation of the army, it was planned that its number would be 80,000 people, however it turned out to be less.

  • According to Colonel Kosta Novaković: 62,483 (772 officers, 2,709 non-commissioned officers and 59,002 soldiers) or 78% of the planned number.[1]
  • According to the General Staff in 1994: 62,805 (2,890 officers, 4,329 non-commissioned officers and 55,886 soldiers).[2]
  • According to General Milisav Sekulić: 71,409 (3,291 officers, 3,424 non-commissioned officers and 60,496 soldiers).[2]

Mercenaries and paramilitary

There were around 700 former JNA officers, mostly from Serbia and Montenegro, that fought on RSK's side. Foreign fighters were mostly from Russia.[3] Paramilitary organizations established in Serbia (but including Croatian Serb volunteers) supporting the RSK were White Eagles (Beli orlovi), Serb Volunteer Guard (known as Tigrovi), Serbian Guard (Srpska garda), and others.

Equipment

Equipment
percent
Tanks
80%
Armoured personnel carriers
15%
Helicopters
5%

Gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ Novaković 2009, p. 292.
  2. ^ a b Рат за опстанак Срба Крајишника. Зборник радова 1. - Београд: Тело Принт. - 2010, с. 199.
  3. ^ "Use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination – Note by the Secretary-General". United Nations. 29 August 1995. Retrieved 23 January 2011.

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