One Hour of Serbian Chetnik Music


ZborBall IV


Published on Jul 12, 2021

The Chetniks (Serbo-Croatian: Четници, romanized: Četnici, Slovene: Četniki), formally the Chetnik Detachments of the Yugoslav Army, and also the Yugoslav Army in the Homeland and the Ravna Gora Movement, was a Yugoslav royalist and Serbian nationalist movement and guerrilla force in Axis-occupied Yugoslavia. Although it was not a homogeneous movement, it was led by Draža Mihailović. While it was anti-Axis in its long-term goals and engaged in marginal resistance activities for limited periods,it also engaged in tactical or selective collaboration with the occupying forces for almost all of the war.The Chetnik movement adopted a policy of collaboration with regard to the Axis, and engaged in cooperation to one degree or another by establishing modus vivendi or operating as "legalised" auxiliary forces under Axis control. Over a period of time, and in different parts of the country, the movement was progressively drawn into collaboration agreements: first with the puppet Government of National Salvation in the German-occupied territory of Serbia, then with the Italians in occupied Dalmatia and Montenegro, with some of the Ustaše forces in northern Bosnia, and, after the Italian capitulation in September 1943, with the Germans directly.

The Chetniks were active in the uprising in the German-occupied territory of Serbia from July to December 1941. As a result of the Battle of Loznica at the end of August, Mihailović's Chetniks were the first to liberate a European city from Axis control. Following the initial success of the uprising, the German occupiers enacted Adolf Hitler's formula for suppressing anti-Nazi resistance in Eastern Europe, a ratio of 100 hostages executed for every German soldier killed and 50 hostages executed for every soldier wounded. In October 1941, German soldiers and Serbian collaborators perpetrated two massacres against civilians in Kraljevo and Kragujevac, with a combined death toll reaching over 4,500 civilians, most of whom were Serbs. This convinced Mihailović that killing German troops would only result in further unnecessary deaths of tens of thousands of Serbs. As a result, he decided to scale back Chetnik guerrilla attacks and wait for an Allied landing in the Balkans. While Chetnik collaboration reached "extensive and systematic" proportions, the Chetniks themselves referred to their policy of collaboration as "using the enemy".
00:00:18 - National Anthem of Serbia - Боже Правде - God of Justice
00:03:34 - Спрем'те се Спрем'те Четници - Ready, Ready, Chetniks!
00:07:18 - Лети соко преко Равне Горе - A Falcon flies over Ravna Gora
00:10:33 - Ој дјевојко љепотице - Oh, Beautiful Girl
00:14:16 - Ој Кокардо од сувога злата - Oh Kokarda made of Silver
00:19:24 - Ђуришићу млад Мајоре - Djurisic, Young Major
00:22:06 - Гледао сам с врх Заостра - I watched from the peak of Zaostro
00:26:53 - Калабићу дуге браде Команданте Горске Гарде - Kalabic Long Beard, Commander of the Mountain Guard
00:28:53 - Марширала Краља Петра Гарда - Marches the Guard of King Peter
00:31:42 - Над Краљевом жива ватра сева - Above Kraljevo a Living Fire Burns
00:34:43 - Са Овчара и Каблара - From Ovcar and Kablar
00:38:17 - У шумици колибица мала - In the Woods a Small Cabin
00:40:35 - Шта се оно на Динари сјаји - What Shines on the Dinara
00:43:29 - Шта се оно Равном Гором сјаји - What Shines on Ravna Gora
00:46:46 - Пожутела слика стара - The Old Picture has Yellowed
00:50:41 - Србија ће бити краљевина - Serbia will be a Kingdom
00:54:12 - Слава теби ђенерале - Glory to you, General!
00:58:41 - Соколови, сиви 'тићи - Falcons, Gray Birds