Black Swans (special forces)

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Black Swans
Crni Labudovi
Crni Labudovi
The official patch of the unit.
Active 1992
Country  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Type Paramilitary organization
Special forces
Garrison/HQ Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Engagements Bosnian War
Mehdin-Senad Hodžić[1]

The Black Swans (Bosnian: Crni Labudovi) were a special forces unit in the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Black Swans were a Patriotic League unit formed in 1992 in Sapna under the 2nd Corps (later 1st Corps), who eventually numbered 800 men. It earned a reputation for battlefield bravery. The first commander Senad Mehdin Hodžić was a former member of the Special anti-terrorist unit of the Yugoslav Ministry of Internal Affairs (MUP), when he took the command of the Black Swans he would be known as "Kapetan Labud" or Captain Swan. Then Captain Hajro Mešić took over for a while. The most successful and lasting commander was Brigadier Hase Tirić.


Area of Operation[edit]

  • Konjic
  • Igman
  • Jablanica


Black Swans wore black uniforms with a unit patch on the sleeves and the ARBIH patch on the other sleeve. They had two different versions of the patches. Special Unit Army of BIH is written in white lettering above the picture and underneath in black letters are the words, "Crni Labudovi".