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Serbia during the Second World War

Last modified: 2013-11-30 by ivan sache
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Administrative status

In Serbia, an "independent" regime led by general Nedić was established, being as independent as in neighbouring Croatia. They issued money (Serbian dinars) and postage stamps, but I found no reference to flags, though the white eagle with the firesteels was a frequent motif. I guess a version of the Serbian colours continued to fly.

Serbian units, known as Četniks under General Mihajlović, were nominally the army of the Yugoslav government that had fled to London, and helped the Allies until 1943, but not uncommonly fighting together with Axis troops against Tito's partisans. They used black "Jolly Rogers" with texts 'Freedom or Death' or similar.

Željko Heimer, 14 October 1995

Serbian Volunteer Corps (Srpski Dobrovoljački Korpus)

[SDK flag]

Flag of the Serbian Volunteer Corps - Image by Milan Jovanović, 13 August 2007

The Serbian Volunteer Corps (SDK, Српски Добровољачки Корпус / Srpski Dobrovoljački Korpus; in German, Serbisches Freiwilligen Korps), also known as Ljotićevci, after their ideological leader Dimitrije Ljotić was a military formation fighting under German command against Communist partisans and Serbian Četniks. The Germans pushed Milan Nedić's collaboration government to deal with the uprisings, otherwise they would let Croatia, Hungary and Bulgaria occupy the country and maintain peace and order in it.
The SDK flag was the regular Serbian flag with the emblem of SDK in the middle.

Željko Heimer & Milan Jovanović, 13 August 2007