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Republika Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina): Armed Forces

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3rd Ozren Brigage

In the Belgrade newspapers Politika of 6 December 2008, Marko Lakić presents the flag of the 3rd Ozren Brigade of the Army of Republika Srpska (VRS) (article). Ozren is a mountain in central northern Bosnia, north of Zenica.

The flag appears to be a rectangular, about 1 x 2 m in size (but only the central part of the flag is shown on the photo), blue with the white dougle-headed eagle membered and beaked yellow and crowned with a yellow crown and bearing a red shield with a yellow cross and firesteels. The name of the brigade is inscribed in an arch above and below it, in yellow Cyrillic letters ВОЈСКА РЕПУБЛИКЕ СРПСКЕ / ТРЕЋА ОЗРЕНСКА БРНГАДА (Vojska Republika Srpske / Treča ozrenska brigada).
The article further recounts that this flag was brought on a flee market in Zagreb by a collector from Novi Sad, although it is not know how it came to Zagreb. The flag was probably captured by Bosnian "Mujahedin" fighters of the so called El Mujahid company, apparently composed by fighters from Arab countries. On the occasion these soldiers did gruesome atrocities on captured Serb soldiers, something the Hague court is looking into.
The newspapers quote a Colonel of the Serb forces who recaptured the positions afterwards, who did not wish to be named; he explains that "This is the original flag. The brigades had light blue flags with the double-headed eagle, the firesteels and the unit name. The lower rank units carried the Serbian tricolour". Whether these tricolours were plain or had some symbols or inscriptions is not mentioned.
The collector who now owns the flag told that, according to the stories he heard, this is the only captured military flag of the Army of Republika Srpska.

Željko Heimer, 16 January 2010

Aircraft markings

Military Aircraft Insignia of the World [c2e98] reports four different roundels for Republika Srpska, all used with the flag of Republika Srpska as fin flash:


Aircraft marking, 1992 - Image by Ferenc Gy. Valoczy, 2 July 2003

- A white Serbian Cross on a red shield, captioned "Bosnian Serbian Militia 1992";
- The same shield but with a yellow cross over a blue field (photo, captioned "Bosnian Serbia Army 1994", which was used by the Panthers Special Brigade aviation detachment;
- A roundel horizontally divided red-blue-white (photo), captioned "Bosnian Serbia, 1992 to present";


Aircraft marking, 1992 - Image by Ferenc Gy. Valoczy, 2 July 2003

- A "classic" white-blue-red roundel captioned "Bosnian Serbia 1992" is a "classic" white-blue-red roundel (photo, photo).

Dov Gutterman, 14 June 2004