Serb Volunteer Guard

Serb Volunteer Guard

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The Serb Volunteer Guard (SDG) () also known as Arkan's Tigers () was a Serbian volunteer paramilitary unit, founded and led by Željko Ražnatović, that fought in Croatia (1991–1992); Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992–1995) and in the Kosovo War (1998–1999).

History and organisation

The Guard was created on October 11, 1990 by 20 volunteers, members of the Red Star Belgrade football club Ultra group "Delije Sever". Reportedly at most points the Guard had over 10,000 fighters.

The Guard's headquarters and training camp was in Erdut, Eastern Slavonia (until 1995 part of the Republic of Serbian Krajina). The Guard was responsible to the command of the Territorial Defense, a regular military in charge of the rebel territories of Croatia populated predominantly by Serbs during the first half of the 1990s.

Arkan's Tigers, a paramilitary force he created, set up their headquarters and training camp in a former military facility in Erdut. His volunteer army saw action from mid 1991 to late 1995, initially in Vukovar region of Croatia. It is reported that his irregular military unit consisted of up to 10,000 well-trained fighters equipped with modern weapons, including a few tanks and helicopters. His units were supplied and equipped by the reserves of the Serbian police force during the war in Croatia and Bosnia.

After war broke out in the former Yugoslav republic of Croatia in the fall of 1991 and in Bosnia in...
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