Yugoslav Armies 1941–45

Yugoslav Armies 1941–45

Men-at-Arms 542
  • Author: Nigel Thomas, Dusan Babac
  • Illustrator: Johnny Shumate
  • Short code: MAA 542
  • Publication Date: 20 Jan 2022
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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.

Biographical Note

DR NIGEL THOMAS is an accomplished linguist and military historian, formerly at Northumbria University, now a freelance military author, translator and military uniform consultant. His interests are 20th-century military and civil uniformed organizations, with a special interest in Germany, Central and Eastern Europe. He has written widely for Osprey with titles such as MAA 518 Polish Legions 1914-19 and Elite 227 Armies of the Baltic Independence Wars 1918-20.He was awarded a PhD for the study of the Eastern enlargement of NATO.Dušan Babac was born and lives in Belgrade. He has a degree in Engineering from Belgrade University and is the Director of the Royal Palace Foundation there. He is also an associate of the Belgrade Military Museum and the Serbian History Museum. He is the renowned author and co-author of more than 25 books on the military history of Serbia, Montenegro and Yugoslavia, and has published many articles in Serbian, Russian and French military magazines. He also acts as a uniform consultant for Serbian film and theatrical productions.

Contents

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


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