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The Fighting Guerrillas (1943)

Chetniks (original title)
German troops invade Yugoslavia on April 6, 1941. After the government surrenders, Yugoslav Army Colonel Draza Mihailovich leads a group of guerrillas, the Chetniks, who launch a resistance movement against the Axis occupation troops.


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Credited cast:
Philip Dorn ... General Draja Mihailovitch
Anna Sten ... Lubitca Mihailovitch
Shepperd Strudwick ... Lieutenant. Aleksa Petrovic (as John Shepperd)
Virginia Gilmore ... Natalia
Martin Kosleck ... Colonel Brockner
Felix Basch Felix Basch ... General von Bauer
Frank Lackteen ... Major Danilov
Patricia Prest Patricia Prest ... Nada Mihailovitch
Merrill Rodin Merrill Rodin ... Mirko Mihalovitch
LeRoy Mason ... Captain Sava
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernst Hausman Ernst Hausman ... German Corporal


German troops invade Yugoslavia on April 6, 1941. After the government surrenders, Yugoslav Army Colonel Draza Mihailovich leads a group of guerrillas, the Chetniks, who launch a resistance movement against the Axis occupation troops.

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Release Date:

11 January 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fighting Guerrillas See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Louis V. Arco, who played a German Alpine Officer, had played a refugee at Rick's Cafe in Casablanca. He had one line in Casablanca: "Waiting, waiting, waiting.... I'll never get out of here.... I'll die in Casablanca." See more »


Das Horst Wessel-Lied
Written by Horst Wessel
English Lyrics by Charles Henderson
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Chetniks, the true story
25 July 2010 | by milosdimicSee all my reviews

This is a story about a man, who ran the first resistance in Europe. A man that later on will be deserted by all of his allies because he had put national interest before any other. True Serbian hero, fighting and dying for his country and democratic cause. Yes, he was fighting against Communists, Nazis and Ustashe (croatians who performed the most monstrous genocide against Serbians). He did fought together with Italians in Dalmatia to protect Serbian population, but never on the same side with Germans. There were some divisions of Chetniks that did fight along with Germans but they were not under his command (Kosta Pecanac). During the II WW, he received a medal from president Truman for his "fight for democratic cause and freedom". After the war, because of the political games run by Soviets and English, his movement lost the support from the allies and he was left alone to fight against the enemies. His movement saved from certain death so many American airmen, and they wanted to save him, realizing that he would get murdered but he refused saying :"This is my country, i would die in my country". Anyway, president of the USA and survived American pilots did not forget him building a monument in his honor after the war.

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