Croatian Home Guard

Croatian Home Guard

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For the earlier Croatian Home Guard of the Honvéd, see Imperial Croatian Home Guard

Croatian Home Guard (, often abbr. to Domobrani) or also, known as the "Homeland Defenders," was the name used for the armed forces of the Independent State of Croatia which existed during World War II.


The Croatian Home Guard was founded in April 1941, a few days after the founding of the Independent State of Croatia (NDH) itself, following the collapse of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. It was done with the authorisation of German occupation authorities. The task of the new Croatian armed forces was to defend the new state against both foreign and domestic enemies.

Its name was taken from the old Royal Croatian Home Guard - the Croatian section of the Honvéd component of the Austro-Hungarian Army.


thumb|Domobran recruits taking oath

The Croatian Home Guard was originally limited to 16 infantry battalions and two cavalry squadrons - 16,000 men in total. The original 16 battalions were soon enlarged to 15 infantry regiments of two battalions each between May and June 1941, organised into five divisional commands, some 55,000 men. four engineer battalions, 10 artillery battalions (equipped with captured Royal Yugoslav Army 105mm...
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