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The Union of Bulgarian National Legions (Bulgarian: Съюз на Българските Национални Легиони) was a fascist organization in Bulgaria that was formed in 1933.

Also known as the Legionnaires’ Association, the movement was founded and led by Hristo Lukov, a Bulgarian army general who had commanded the 13th Division during the closing days of World War I. Initially identifying as an extreme monarchist group, it later sought unsuccessfully to work with the National Social Movement before finally emerging as a harassed opposition party that was largely supportive of Nazism.[1] In its early days it was known as the Union of Young National Legions and was nominally led by a three man group that included student leader Ivan Dochev.[2]

The movement was initially small, although it did gain some support from Nazi Germany and experienced some growth during the Second World War as a result.[3] The movement floundered after the assassination of its leader by a Communist conspiracy group on February 13, 1943 and it did not survive the war.

References

  1. ^ Philip Rees, 'LUKOV, Hristo Nikolov', Biographical Dictionary of the Extreme Right Since 1890, p. 242
  2. ^ Philip Rees, 'DOCHEV, Ivan Dimitrov', Biographical Dictionary of the Extreme Right Since 1890, p. 96
  3. ^ Stanley G. Payne, A History of Fascism: 1914-1945, London: Routledge, 2001, p. 429
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