Ziridavan anti-communist resistance movement

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Ziridavan anti-communist resistance movement
Date1948–1985
Location
Result Second Ziridavan Civil War
Belligerents
Ziridava Anti-Communist groups
People's Republic of Ziridava People's Republic of Ziridava
Commanders and leaders
Ziridava Nikola Desislav
Ziridava Dobroliub Lubor
Ziridava Lyudmil Zhelyazko
Ziridava Dragan Krasimir
People's Republic of Ziridava Stanimir Simeon
People's Republic of Ziridava Ognyan Vancho
Strength
At least 40,000 rebels at peak >3,000,000
Casualties and losses
~1,000 total ~2,000 total

The Ziridavan anti-communist resistance movement was active from the late 1940s to the beginning of the second civil war in 1985. Armed resistance was the first and most structured form of resistance against the communist regime, which in turn regarded the fighters as "bandits". It was not until the overthrow of the Ziridava Communist Party in 1987 that details about what was called "counter-revolutionary armed resistance" were made public. It was only then that the public learnt about the several small armed groups that had taken refuge in the XXX Mountains, where some hid for ten years from authorities and conducted guerilla attacks against government forces.

Preliminaries[edit]

Beginning of armed resistance[edit]

Resistance groups[edit]

Typical structure and function[edit]

Foreign involvement[edit]

Anti-government support[edit]

Pro-government support[edit]

List of major resistance groups[edit]