Sisak People's Liberation Partisan Detachment

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Sisak People's Liberation Partisan Detachment
Participant in the Yugoslav People's Liberation War
Spomenik Sisackom odredu-Brezovica.jpg
Monument to the Detachment in Brezovica Forest
LeadersVladimir Janjić-Capo
HeadquartersBrezovica forest
Part ofYugoslav Partisans
Opponent(s)Axis powers, Germany, Italy, NDH, Bulgaria, Chetniks

The Sisak People's Liberation Partisan Detachment, also known as the 1st Sisak Partisan Detachment (Serbo-Croatian: Sisački narodnooslobodilački partizanski odred, 1. Sisački partizanski odred) was the first armed anti-fascist resistance unit formed by a resistance movement in occupied Yugoslavia and Europe during World War II.[1]

This first detachment of the Yugoslav Partisans was established in occupied Yugoslavia, in the Brezovica Forest near Sisak (in today's Croatia) on 22 June 1941, the day Germany invaded the Soviet Union. It had 79 members, mainly Croats with the exception of one notable Serb woman, Nada Dimić,[1] and was commanded by Vladimir Janjić-Capo.

This event marked the start of armed anti-fascist resistance in occupied Yugoslavia. Today, June 22 is commemorated in Croatia every year as a public holiday called the Anti-Fascist Struggle Day. Janko Bobetko, who 50 years later became one of the most prominent Croatian generals in Croatian War of Independence, was one of the founding members of this unit.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b Pavličević, Dragutin (2007). Povijest Hrvatske. Naklada Pavičić. pp. 441–42. ISBN 978-953-6308-71-2.