V Corps (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

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5th Corps
5th Corps Army of RBIH logo.png
Fifth Corps Patch
Active April 1992
Country  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Allegiance Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Branch Regular Army
Type Motorized, mountain and infantry
Role Defence of Bihać
Garrison/HQ Bihać
Nickname Sila Nebeska (Heaven's Force)
Colors Green, white and black
Mascot Winged stallion
Equipment

When the unit was formed the Corps had the following armament:[1]

  • T-55 tank (1)
  • 76 mm ZIS (2)
  • mortar 60mm, 82mm, and 120mm
  • automatic rifles (1,094)
  • semi-automatic rifles (479)
  • light machine-guns (152)
  • machine-guns (120)
  • sniper rifles (48)
  • Osa anti-tank launchers (10)
  • Zolja anti-tank launchers (28)
  • M57 anti-tank launchers (9)
  • RBR (11)
  • RPG (9)
  • anti-aircraft guns PAM(3)
  • recoilless guns BS (2)
  • numerous variants of hunting rifles
Engagements

Operation Oganj 92
Operation Gorica-03
Operation Tiger '94
Operation Free Grabez '94
Operation Pecigrad '94
Operation Storm '95

Operation Sana '95
Commanders
Current
commander
Hajrudin Osmanagić
Ramiz Dreković
Atif Dudakovic
Insignia
5th Corps patch Winged stallion

The Fifth Corps was one of seven corps in the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The formation was around the Bihać pocket to protect it against the surrounding Serb forces. The Fifth Corps also fought secessional Muslim forces loyal to Fikret "Babo" Abdić, who was cooperating with Serb and Croat forces.[2] In the last military action of the ARBIH, Operation "Sana 95", the corps defeated Abdić's supporters and brought a number of regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina under government control.

History[edit]

The ministry of military affairs passed the order for the formation of the Fifth Corps of the ARBIH on September 29, 1992 and the final approval by the presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina (order no. 02-111-738/92) on October 21, 1992.[1] In the formation of the 5th Corps there have been the de-formation of the Unsko-sanski Operative Group and the Territorial Defense of Bihac.

5th Corps command[edit]

Major Hajrudin Osmanagić was given control, but he was eliminated before he took the post and Captain First class Ramiz Dreković took control as commander of the Fifth Corps, thus becoming first commander of the Fifth Corps. After him, Brigadier General Atif Dudaković became commander of the Fifth Corps. He had the most impact of all the generals of the corps.

  • Corps Staff: 28 officers, 2 under-officers, 42 soldiers
  • 1st Commander: Captain I Class Ramiz Dreković - from forming to 1 November 1993
  • 2nd Commander: Brigadier General Atif Dudaković - from 1 November 1993
  • Deputy Commander Chief of Staff:
    • Major Ramiz Duraković
    • Major Mirsad Sedić
  • Assistants for moral IPD and MP - Ejub Topić
  • Assistants for security - Sakib Butković
  • Logistic - Bećir Sirovina.

5th Corps units[edit]

  • 501st Brigade
    • Commander: Brigadier Senad Sarganović
  • 502nd Brigade
    • Commander: Colonel Hamdo Abdić
  • 503rd Brigade
    • Commander: Brigadier Muhamed Delalić
  • 505th Brigade
  • 506th Brigade
    • Commander: Major Mirsad Mirjković
  • 511th Brigade
    • Commander: Major Mirsad Sedić
  • 517th Brigade
    • Commander: Major Ibrahim Nadarević
  • 101st HVO Brigade
    • Commander: Lieutenant-Colonel Grgić

Brigades on the day of formation[edit]

  • 1st Bihać Infantry Brigade
  • 2nd Bihac Muslim-Croatian Infantry Brigade
  • 1st Cazin Infantry Brigade
  • 105th Buzim Infantry Brigade
  • 101st Muslim Krajina Brigade
  • 111th Bosanska Krupa Infantry Brigade
  • 1st Velika Kladusa Infantry Brigade
  • 5th Battalion of Military Police
  • 5th Mixed Artillery Battery
  • 5th Engineering Company
  • 5th Tank Company
  • 5th Mixed Light Battery
  • Special forces Detachment
  • 5th Logistics Base

Liberated cities[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "5th Corps of Army RB&H, Bihac" (HTML). vojska.net. 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-13. 
  2. ^ Anthony Loyd (February 1, 2001). My War Gone By, I Miss It So. Penguin (Non-Classics). ISBN 0-14-029854-1.