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1903 Serbia Macedonia struggle CHETNIK hat RR

Item ID:4297

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See scan - absolutely perfect condition. THIS ITEM IS LIFETIME GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC! It is a scarce and extremely rare Serbian / Yugoslavian Royal Chetnik headgear / cap of a vojvoda (voivoda) being a guerrilla fighter commander and chief. The center top part of the hat is made out of red velvet and hand embroidered with golden / gilt metallic thread resembling the Yugoslavia Kingdom Royal Coat of Arms / Crest with crowned double headed eagle. The crown is made with 3 colors of fabric to show the National flag colors. The rest of the hat is made out of black fabric and the inside is dark red. Right at the front of the hat where the forehead of the person who wore it there is a cut to the black fabric where the cockade badge of the Chetnik was. The hat has a diameter of about 190mm and is about 75mm high. The whole piece is extremely well preserved with no moth holes. The Chetniks (Serbian četnici) were members of a Serbian nationalist and royalist guerrilla organization named after a 19th century Serbian movement opposing Ottoman rule. In World War II, the Yugoslav Royal Army in the Fatherland, also referred to as the Chetniks (derived from the Serbian word četa, meaning "military company"), was founded on 13th May 1941, on Ravna Gora by colonel Dragoljub Mihajlović as a force loyal to the Yugoslav royal government in exile. The Chetniks in WWII included Slovenes, Croats, Montenegrins and Bosnian Muslims, as well as Serbs. Chetniks originally formed as a result of the Macedonian struggle against the Ottoman Empire. Soon, other ethnic groups in the Balkans created their own chetnik detachments: Serbs, Bulgarians, Greek Andartes and Albanian kacaci. At first, the Ottoman rulers offered little resistance to them, as the various groups were primarily occupied in conflicts with each other. In Herzegovina, they fought the Turks, in northern Macedonia against Turks and pro-Turkish Albanians. At the start of Balkan wars there were 110 IMRO, 108 Greek, 30 Serbian and 5 Vlach detachments. They fought against the Turks in the First Balkan War, while in WWI they fought against Austria-Hungary. Yugoslav story about chetniks starts in 1903 when Belgrade doctor Godjevac formed first detachment which is then inserted into Macedonia. Not on Kosovo which is much closer because chetniks which from military point of view a good idea - attacks in the rear, on communications, etc. - need support of population which is non-existent on Kosovo since it majority of population is Albanian (Albanian equivalent of chetniks are 'kacaci'). Bit there is support in Macedonia where population expect help form its Slav brothers in liberation from Turks. Godjevac then forms Main Committee of Chetnik action also known as Serbian Committee. In Serbia military showed interests for this type of actions and during Balkan wars chetniks carried out several action mostly reconnaissance. Useful but also made several plunders as in case of Lapski detachment commanded by duke Vojislav Tankosic which attacked Turkish border post of Reponja and Mirovci and got involved in heavy fighting's forcing 3rd Army to prematurely engage Morava II and Shumadia I divisions casting shadow of doubt amongst regular officers about chetniks which turned out to be just. Macedonia was liberated or 'liberated' depending on the point of view and in preparation for First World War Serbian High Command planed chetnik actions in the rear of the enemy on captured Serbian territory. Predictably nothing come out of that, although Chetnik detachment fought well and suffered heavy causalities but as part of regular army on the front line. Because of heavy casualties they were regularly disbanded and merge into regular army. Absolutely scarce and extremely rare militaria / military uniforms and headgear collector piece, as well as one of the rare Serbian / Yugoslavian Chetnik related piece.


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