The 5th Guard Brigade of Croatian Army was established pursuant to the order of the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Croatia on 5 October 1992. Nevertheless, its wartime history goes back even further, as it was composed of volunteers and experienced soldiers and veterans who stood out in the defence of the eastern part of Croatia during 1991 and 1992.
CROATIAN WAR OF INDEPENDENCE – GUARD BRIGADES AND GUARD BATTALIONS
Type: C Date: 11.3.2020.
Motifs: emblem of the 5th Guard Brigade “the Falcons” (Sokolovi),
emblem of the 9th Guard Brigade “the Wolves” (Vukovi),
emblem of the 81st Guard Battalion “the Godfathers” (Kumovi),
emblem of the 84th Guard Battalion “the Termites” (Termiti).
Author of the Falcons’ emblem: Dubravko Mataković.
Author of the Wolves’ emblem: Frane Tomičić.
Author of the Godfathers’ emblem: Tihomir Vuk.
Author of the Termites’ emblem: Nilo Karuc.
The postage stamps have been issued in 6-stamp sheetlets with one label and the Croatian Post has also issued a First Day Cover (FDC).
The renowned 9th Motorised Guard Brigade “the Wolves” was founded on 1 November 1992. Lieutenant Colonel Mirko Norac was put in charge of the formation of the new unit named the 6th Motorised Guard Brigade. The brigade had that name until June 1993, when it was changed to 9th Motorised Guard Brigade “the Wolves”.
The 81st Guard Battalion “the Godfathers” from Virovitica was the youngest professional unit and a part of the elite group of Croatian Army guard formations during the Croatian War of Independence. It was established pursuant to the order of the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Croatia on 15 February 1994. After one year of intense training and equipping, the Battalion got the status of a sub-HQ unit in March 1995, joining the circle of Croatian Army elite units intended to perform the most complex missions.
The Croatian Army’s 84th Guard Battalion “the Termites” was a mountain assault guard unit from Zadar with a number of significant achievements over the course of the Croatian War of Independence, especially in operations Summer ‘95 and Storm, together with the actions that preceded the two.
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