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) was a paramilitary unit[2] and special forces unit in the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was a "Patriotic League" unit formed in 1992 in Sapna under the 2nd Corps (later 1st Corps), which eventually numbered 800 men. It was one of several special Bosnian Muslim units.[3][4] 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. The area of operation was Konjic, Igman and Jablanica. Black Swans wore black uniforms with a unit patch on the sleeves and the ARBIH patch on the other sleeve.

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  1. ^ Commander Mehdin-Senad Hodžić
  2. ^ Paul Mojzes (2011). Balkan Genocides: Holocaust and Ethnic Cleansing in the Twentieth Century. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 169–. ISBN 978-1-4422-0663-2. 
  3. ^ Branislav Radeljić; Martina Topić (1 July 2015). Religion in the Post-Yugoslav Context. Lexington Books. pp. 8–. ISBN 978-1-4985-2248-9. 
  4. ^ Nigel Thomas; Darko Pavlovic; K Mikulan (20 February 2013). The Yugoslav Wars (2): Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia 1992-2001. Osprey Publishing. pp. 7–. ISBN 978-1-4728-0196-8.