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Vilko Begić
Born (1874-01-20)January 20, 1874
Died 1946?
Allegiance  Austria-Hungary
 Independent State of Croatia
Service/branch Austro-Hungarian Army (until 1918)
Domobranstvo (1941-1945)
Years of service Before 1914 - 1918
Rank Colonel General
Unit Poglavnik's Bodyguard Division[1]
Battles/wars World War I
World War II

Vilko Begić (20 January 1874 – 1946?) was a Croatian military officer.


Begić was born in Čazma, Austria-Hungary, that today is in Croatia.

He was quartermaster colonel[2][3] in the Austro-Hungarian Army.[4] After World War I he was a journalist. He was often attacked by the Yugoslav gendarmerie. In 1924 he was arrested because of an illegal border pass, in 1929 he was accused of terrorism, then he was judged together with Vladko Maček. In 1933 he was arrested because of spreading leaflets. He was a close associate of Vladko Maček[5] After the proclamation of the Independent State of Croatia he joined the Croatian Domobranstvo, a regular army of the Croatia at the time. He was promoted to the rank of General of the infantry and on 14 August 1941 he was named state secretary in the Ministry of Defence.[6] He was advisor to Poglavnik Ante Pavelić. In April 1943 he escorted Pavelić in a visit to Adolf Hitler. At the beginning of September 1943 he was named as Doglavnik (deputy of Poglavnik) and thus became a member of Doglavničko vijeće (in English Doglavnik Council).[7] In May 1944 he became commander of the Coastal Section "Neretva". In August and in September 1944 he was commissioner of RAVSIGUR (Croatian language: Ravnateljstvo sigurnosti , in English Directorate of Security) for the protection of the grand counties of Cetina, Usora, Soli, Vrhbosna, Hum and Dubrava. In February 1944 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general, and in April 1945 he was promoted to colonel general, the highest rank in the Croatian Armed Forces on the authority of Ante Pavelić. He also had the title of "vitez" (knight). In May 1945, when Croatian forces retreated to Austria to surrender to British, he disappeared[8] Some say that American military authorities extradited him to the Communist Yugoslav military authorities, after which he was shot, but also, other versions say he was seen at an Allied camp near Salzburg in 1946, after that everything is unknown.


  1. Krizman, Bogdan. NDH između Hitlera i Mussolinija, p. 258. Globus, 1986.
  2. Matković, Hrvoje. Povijest Nezavisne Države Hrvatske, p. 101. Naklada Pavičić, 2002. ISBN 953-6308-39-8
  3. Tuđman, Franjo. Hrvatska u monarhističkoj Jugoslaviji, p. 43. Hrvatska sveučilišna naklada, 1993. ISBN 953-169-001-4
  4. Tomasevich, Jozo. War and revolution in Yugoslavia, 1941-1945: occupation and collaboration, p. 425. Stanford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-8047-3615-4
  5. Maček i politika Hrvatske seljačke stranke 1928-1941, p. 50. Liber, 1974
  6. Tomasevich, Jozo. The Chetniks, p. 243. Stanford University Press, 1975. ISBN 0-8047-0857-6
  7. Matković, Hrvoje. Povijest Nezavisne Države Hrvatske, p. 90. Naklada Pavičić, 2002. ISBN 953-6308-39-8
  8. Vojinović, Aleksandar. Ante Pavelić, p. 290. Centar za informacije i publicitet, 1988. ISBN 86-7125-031-8

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