Military Response Of The Kingdom Of Serbs, Croats And Slovenes To Komitadji, Kachak And Other Guerrilla Actions At The Territory Of Southern And... Cover Image
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Vojni odgovor Kraljevine SHS na komitske, kačačke i druge gerilske akcije na prostoru Južne i Stare Srbije 1919-1920
Military Response Of The Kingdom Of Serbs, Croats And Slovenes To Komitadji, Kachak And Other Guerrilla Actions At The Territory Of Southern And...

Author(s): Dmitar Tasić
Subject(s): History
Published by: Institut za savremenu istoriju, Beograd
Keywords: World War I; Third Army District Command; "the freedom fighters"

Summary/Abstract: In the first years following the World War I, the territories that Serbia annexed after the Balkan wars, Macedonia, some parts of Sandzak, Kosovo and Metohija still required special attention of now already Yugoslav authorities. Although the Serbian government made preparations to restore their presence even before the breakthrough of the Thessaloniki front, the events that followed made all measures insufficient and late. The presence of allied troops, revengeful and plundering attacks of the Vasojevic clan on the local Moslems, the uprisings in Plav and Gusinje, Kachak actions and plundering raids from Ljuma and Donji Debar, new infiltration of Bulgarian Komitadji fighters, whose aim was to restore the field organizations of VMRO, the fights along the Albanian border front – set many challenges, primarily for the army. Its main representative in south and Old Serbia, the Third Army District Command, faced many difficulties that obstructed normal work of commands and units in the peace time, not to mention under such extraordinary circumstances. The efficiency of the military response often did not correspond to the number of engaged troops, particularly in disarmament actions, but the use of modern means, automatic weapons, cars and communications compensated for other shortages at moments, despite their apparent lacking. In addition to all this, it should not disregard the differences in the approaches and observations of the situation by civil authorities, but also the increased insecurity of property and people, since in these years „the freedom fighters“ were not afraid to cross a thin line dividing the revolutionaries and rebels from robbers and smugglers.

  • Issue Year: 2007
  • Issue No: 09
  • Page Range: 137-152
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Serbian