Yugoslav Armies 1941–45 cover
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This volume describes, lists, and illustrates the several combatant forces raised in Yugoslavia during World War II.

In March 1941, an anti-German coup in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia prompted Hitler to order an invasion using allied Italian, Hungarian, Bulgarian. and Romanian forces. Operation Marita was an invasion of Yugoslavia and simultaneously Greece. At the same time, the constituent region of Croatia broke away from Yugoslavia and joined the Axis powers. Royal Yugoslav armed forces, despite advancing against the Italians in Albania were forced to surrender after 11 days' fighting and some 1,000 soldiers, airmen, and sailors escaped to British-occupied Egypt to form Free Yugoslav units. From there, guerrilla resistance to the Axis occupiers broke out and continued with increasing strength until the end of the war under Mihailovic's royalist 'Chetniks' and Tito's Communist 'Partisans' (both supported by Britain). However, hostilities between the two movements eventually led to the Chetniks entering into local agreements with Italian occupation forces and Britain switching its support entirely to the Partisans. The advance of the Red Army increased Partisan strength and, during 1944-45, they created what could be described as a lightly equipped conventional army.

Using meticulously-drawn illustrations of different insignia, uniforms, and equipment from each faction to bring the conflict alive, this volume describes, in detail, both the political and military implications of the war and how it was fought, setting the scene for the subsequent rise of Tito to power within Yugoslavia.

Table of Contents


INTRODUCTION
-Birth of the Yugoslav state
-Inter-war developments
THE YUGOSLAV ARMY IN 1941
-Army Groups
-Uniforms
-Branch-specific items
-Rank titles & service-uniform insignia
THE APRIL WAR, 6–18 APRIL, 1941
-Order of battle & anticipated plans
-Campaigns
ROYAL YUGOSLAV FORCES IN THE MIDDLE EAST, 1941–45
-Royal Guards Battalion
- Uniforms & insignia
-7 (Yugoslavian) Troop, No. 10 (Inter-Allied) Commando
-Yugoslav Air Force
YUGOSLAV ARMY IN THE HOMELAND, 1941–45
-1941: Formation of the Chetniks
-1942: Establishment
-1943: Civil war
-1944: The defence of Serbia
-1945: Defeat
-Uniforms & insignia
YUGOSLAV PEOPLE'S LIBERATION ARMY, 1941–45
-1941: Organization
-1942: Organization
-1943: Organization
-1944: Campaigns
-1945: Campaigns
-Uniforms & insignia
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
PLATE COMMENTARIES
INDEX

Product details

Published Jan 18 2022
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781472842039
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Men-at-Arms
Short code MAA 542
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

Author

Nigel Thomas

DR NIGEL THOMAS PhD is an accomplished linguist an…

Author

Dusan Babac

DUŠAN BABAC has an MSc in Hydrogeology from Belgra…

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Johnny Shumate

Johnny Shumate works as a freelance illustrator li…

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