Chetniks


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Chetniks

 

(Russian, chetniki; Serbo-Croatian, četnici), in the Balkans:

(1) From the 15th to the 19th century, participants (mainly haiduks) in the armed struggle waged by partisan detachments for national liberation from the Ottoman yoke. Prominent members of the Chetnik movement in Bulgaria in the 1860’s included G. S. Rakovski, P. Khitov, F. Tofo, S. T. Karadzha, and Khadzhi Dimitur.

(2) Members of a reactionary organization, participants in the nationalistic Greater Serbia movement (headed by General D. Mihajlovic) and other antinationalist groups in Yugoslavia that fought against the forces of people’s liberation during World War II.

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The Partisans and Chetniks also captured large numbers of Italian small arms, including the Glisenti Modello 1910 and Beretta Modello 1934 pistols.
By the summer of 1943, SOE field reports and signals intelligence (9) convinced Churchill to suspend support to the Chetniks and to expand cooperation with and support of Tito and his Partisans.
Indeed, the Royalist Chetniks were a resistance force to be reckoned with, the largest resistance army on the German-controlled continent.
War had transformed Rora from a patriot defending Sarajevo against the nationalistic Chetniks to a smuggler of bodies dead and alive, a dealer in "requisitioned" loot.
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In 1945, the government, however, killed many Chetniks and Ustashi as they fled with the retreating German armies.
The brutality of the Ustasha soon provoked armed resistance on the part of Serbian nationalist Chetniks and Communist-led Partisans, leading to five-way power struggle between Germans, Italians, Ustasha, Chetniks, and Partisans.
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The first story, "Soba," is a sympathetic and moving portrait of a young Sarajevan artist and rock singer whose life as he knew it, like those of so many others, went into long-term suspension when the Serbian Chetniks began their siege of the city.
When Serb Chetniks take Izet, the egleneffendi or brilliant talker of Miljenko Jergovic's "The Condor," for someone knowledgeable about the Croatian resistance, he loses his voice, the outrage of his plight more than he can find words to say.
One of the Chetniks had a wooden stick and he hit X a few times across his neck.
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