Croatian Defence Council

The Croatian Defence Council (Croatian: Hrvatsko vijeće obrane, HVO) was the official military formation of the Croatian Community of Herzeg-Bosnia, later Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia during the Bosnian War. The HVO, the main military force of Croats of Bosnia and Herzegovina, was established on 8 April 1992 as supreme body of Croatian defence in Herzeg-Bosnia. The HVO's military element came into existence formally on 15 May 1992, with the establishment of the HVO Department of Defence.

Following the end of the war, and the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement in December 1995, it was incorporated into the Army of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (VFBiH), as Croatian component of that army. Under the State Defence Reform in December 2005, the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina were unified in to a single structure OSBiH making entity armies defunct. First Infantry (Guard) Regiment of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina is the successor to the Croatian Defence Council.

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