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Chetnik war crimes in World War II


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Serbian Chetniks (WW2)

Chetniks war crimes during the Second World War were primarily directed towards the non-Serbian population of Yugoslavia and Communist-led Yugoslav Partisans and their supporters. Since their establishment in 1903, Chetniks had been instrumental to the nationalist and expansionist politics of Serbia. They acted to preserve the centralized Greater Serbian political system within the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. The historian Vladimir Žerjavić estimates that the Chetniks killed 29,000 Muslims and 18,000 Croats over the course of the war, mostly civilians. The historian Zdravko Dizdar offers a similar figure, stating that 50,000 Muslims and Croats were killed.
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    • Background 

    • Genocide of Muslims and Croats 

    • Crimes against Partisans 

    • Number of casualties 

    • Trials 

    • Historiography