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Blue Guard
Chetniks Flag.svg
Chetnik flag
inscription reads: "For king and fatherland; freedom or death"
Active 1941–1944
Allegiance  Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Type Guerilla organization
Size 300–600
Part of Yugoslav Army in the Homeland (Chetniks)
Commanders
1941 Jaka Avšič
Ceremonial chief Karl Novak

The Blue Guard (Slovene language: Plava garda ), also known as the Slovene Chetniks (Slovene language: Slovenski četniki , Serbo-Croatian language: Slovenački četnici), was a Slovenian anti-communist militia under the leadership of major Karl Novak. The detachments under Novak's command were part of the wider "Yugoslav Army in the Homeland" (JVuO) that included units from all over Yugoslavia that swore allegiance to Chetnik leader Draža Mihailović. The ranks were drawn from Slovene officers in the pre-war Royal Yugoslav Army (JV). At first, the JV units in Slovenia that offered resistance were under the command of Jaka Avšič until his mid-1941 transfer to the Yugoslav Partisans. In 1944, the bulk of members joined the Legion of Death.

Slovene Chetniks in Lower Carniola, c. 1942–43.

References

Further reading

  • Slobodan Kljakić i Marijan F. Kranjc, Slovenački četnici, Beograd, 2006 COBISS 134158092
  • Marijan F. Kranjc in Slobodan Kljakić, Plava garda – poveljnikovo zaupno poročilo, Maribor, 2006 COBISS 57204737
  • Katja Zupanič, Četništvo na Štajerskem, Ljubljana, 2008. ISBN 978-961-92574-1-8

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