Serbian Guard (paramilitary)

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Not to be confused with Serb Volunteer Guard.
Serbian Guard
Српска гарда
Active 1991-1992
Country Socialist Republic of Serbia Serbia
Type Paramilitary organization
Garrison/HQ Bor
Engagements Yugoslav Wars
Disbanded Yes
Commanders
Commander Đorđe "Giška" Božović

The Serbian Guard (Serbian Cyrillic: Српска гарда) was a Serbian paramilitary active in Croatia during its War of Independence with close ties to the Serbian Renewal Movement (SPO). Eighty percent of the guard's members were members of the SPO.[1] The paramilitary was formed by SPO official Vuk Drašković and his wife Danica Drašković, along with Đorđe Božović "Giška" and Branislav Matić "Beli".[2]

The paramilitary unit's training camp was located near Bor Lake in SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia.[2] It participated in clashes on the territory of SR Croatia near the town of Gospić.[3] Elements of the unit also participated in the War in Bosnia and Herzegovina.[4] Đorđe Božović was the unit's first commander, but was killed in action near Gospić.[5] Some people have alleged that Božović's death was an act of "friendly fire" orchestrated by the Republic of Serbian Krajina's government.[6] The unit's chief financier Branislav Matić was gunned down in August 1991 in Belgrade.[7]

Serbian general Nebojša Pavković has called for Drašković to be tried for his role in the guard's formation.[8]

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  1. ^ Died together with Giška
  2. ^ a b Serbian Guard, party army of the SPO, Danas
  3. ^ Zoran Kusovac. "Serbia's Inadequate Opposition". Archived from the original on 2005-03-06. "the establishment of the SPO’s own paramilitary unit — the Serbian Guards (Srpska Garda), which attacked the Croatian town of Gospic in 1991" 
  4. ^ Criminal: Death of Branko Lainovic
  5. ^ Belgrade underground, Vreme
  6. ^ Giška and guards died for nothing, Glas javnosti
  7. ^ Target of Unknown Assassins
  8. ^ Pavković: Vuk to the Hague!