Green Berets (Bosnian paramilitary)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Zelene beretke)
Jump to: navigation, search
Zelene Beretke "Bosnae"
Emblem of Green berets
Active 1992-1994
Allegiance Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Branch Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Type Paramilitary
Role Light infantry
Size 3,500 (1992)
15,000 (1995)
Garrison/HQ Sarajevo, Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Nickname(s) Zeleni
Motto(s) Dušman crni mora znati, Bosna nikad neće pasti! (English:"Every enemy needs to know, Bosnia will never fall!")
Colors Green
Emin Švrakić

Zelene Beretke (English, "Green Berets") was a paramilitary organization founded in Sarajevo in early 1992. They were founded by demobilized soldiers and conscripts from the Yugoslav National Army who were mostly ethnic Bosniaks and supporters of Bosniak nationalism. Unlike the ARBiH, the ZB was very closely integrated with the Party of Democratic Action. They were integrated into a newly founded Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the second half of 1992. The Green Berets as a gear of choice and name was selected both as a reference to United States Army Special Forces (although no actual relation existed) and as a common colour brand of the predominant ethnic group that composed the unit, namely Bosniaks. Bosnian Green Berets were mostly active during the war in the early part of 1992 in northern and central Bosnia.[1]


  1. ^ Swanee Hunt. This was not our war: Bosnian women reclaiming the peace. Retrieved March 1, 2011. 

See also[edit]