A 1991-92 Croatian Defence Forces Pair
A 1991-92 Croatian Defense Forces Pair - in patinated white metal, 35mm, die struck, good quality, numbered, mint condition, and in fitted case of issue, rare; together with HOS Badge, 57x45mm. Footnote: The Croatian Defence Forces (Croatian: Hrvatske obrambene snage, HOS) was the military arm of the Croatian Party of Rights (HSP) from 1991 to 1992, during the first stages of the Yugoslav wars. During the Croatian War of Independence, the HOS organized several early companies and actively participated in Croatia's defense. At the peak of the war in Croatia the HOS had grown to several battalions in size. After the November 1991 general mobilization in Croatia HOS was gradually absorbed into the Croatian Army and ceased to exist. About the same time in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the HOS units consisted of Croats, Bosniaks and foreign volunteers led by Blaž Kraljević. However, on August 9, 1992, Kraljević and eight of his staff were assassinated by members of the Croatian Defence Council (HVO), the largest Croat-led military Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina; shortly afterwards HOS was disbanded and absorbed into the HVO. Awards to HOS members were prohibited after 1993.