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Chetnik Command
Active April 1940–18 April 1941
Country  Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Branch Royal Yugoslav Army
Type Infantry
Size Division
Part of Ministry of the Army and Navy
Headquarters Novi Sad, Kraljevo
Engagements Invasion of Yugoslavia (1941)
Mihailo Mihailović

The Chetnik Command (Serbo-Croatian language: Četnička komanda/Четничкa команда) was a military operation plan of the Yugoslav government in an expected invasion of Yugoslavia. It was part of the military plans to lead guerrilla warfare,[1] earlier developed.[2] It was established in April 1940, including the organization of six complete and one incomplete battalion recruited from the regular Royal Yugoslav Army on voluntary basis.[3] The six battalions (known as "assault battalions", jurišni bataljoni, or "Chetnik battalions", četnički bataljoni) were added to each Field Army (of which there were seven), placed in Novi Sad, Sarajevo, Skopje, Karlovac, Niš and Mostar.[3] Its headquarters was transferred from Novi Sad to Kraljevo in south-central Serbia[3] on 1 April.[1] Between 10 July 1940 and 1 April 1941 the official name was the Assault Command (Serbo-Croatian language: Jurišna komanda/Јуришна команда). Although a traditional notion, the Yugoslav military did not use the Chetnik idea in its military planning until 1940.[4] It had little support in the highest ranks whose views were formed in World War I.[4] It had the rank of Division,[5] and was directly subordinated to the Ministry of the Army and Navy. The first commander was division general (divizijski đeneral) Mihailo Mihailović.[5] It was activated on 1 April 1941 and saw action in the April War (6–18 April 1941). The Chetnik Command had no relation to the pre-war Chetnik associations and the later Chetnik Movement of Draža Mihailović.

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  • 1. Novi Sad
  • 2. Sarajevo
  • 3. Skoplje
  • 4. Karlovac
  • 5. Niš
  • 6. Mostar
  • 7. Kraljevo

Invasion of Yugoslavia[edit | edit source]

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