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The Bosnian Muslims in the Second World War$
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Marko Attila Hoare

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199327850

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199327850.001.0001

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The liberation of Bosnia and Yugoslavia

The liberation of Bosnia and Yugoslavia

c. April 1944–April 1945

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(p.243) 6 The liberation of Bosnia and Yugoslavia
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The Bosnian Muslims in the Second World War
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Marko Attila Hoare

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199327850.003.0007

The final year of the war, from the spring of 1944 to the spring of 1945, witnessed the culmination of the People’s Liberation Struggle, as the German and Ustasha collapse dovetailed with the maximum extent of popular participation in the resistance. The years of NOP agitation and propaganda bore full fruit as large parts of the quisling forces - Home Guards, legionnaires, militiamen, Green Forces, SS troops of the Handschar Division, Chetniks and even some Ustashas - went over to the Partisans, thereby both filling the ranks of the latter and enabling them to occupy towns and strongholds across the country. This process would culminate in the successful liberation of the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, on 6 April 1945. It was a victory at once both political and military; one that cannot be understood without reference, not merely to the Partisans as a guerrilla army, but to the NOP as a revolutionary movement.

Keywords:   Handschar, Chetniks, Ustashas, German, Sarajevo victory, Partisans

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