Patriotic League (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

The Patriotic League was the first paramilitary unit of Territorial Defence Force of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina (TORBIH).[1]

Patriotic League
Patriotska Liga BIH
Patriotic League logo (Bosnia and Herzegovina).jpg
Logo of the Patriotic League
Active1990–1992 (became part of the ARBIH)
DisbandedIncorporated into the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
CountryRepublic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
TypeParamilitary organization
Garrison/HQSarajevo, Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Motto(s)Dušman crni mora znati, Bosna nikad neće pasti! (English:"Every enemy needs to know, Bosnia will never fall!")
EngagementsYugoslav Wars
Bosnian War
CommanderSefer Halilović


On December 19, 1990 Alija Izetbegović and the SDA party discussed forming an independent paramilitary separate from the Yugoslav People's Army. In March 1991 Sefer Halilović formed the Patriotic League (Patriotska Liga - PL) as an independent Bosnian army, with the same territorial organization as Territorial Defense Forces (TO). Later on the Patriotic League was connected to the TO. The Patriotic League, alongside the TORBIH, would later become the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.[2]


The Patriotic League received training at Croatian Special Police centers and by March 1992 claimed 98,000 troops – more than the shrinking TO – organized in 9 regions and 103 (out of 109) districts.[3]



  1. ^ "Osnovana Patriotska liga BiH".
  2. ^ "Unholy Terror".
  3. ^ "Unholy Terror".

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