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Famous Yugoslav "Papovka" semi-automatic carbine or PAP M59

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Papovka ( Semiautomatic rifle 7.62 mm M.59) was a Yugoslav semi-automatic rifle that uses a charge of 7.62x39. After 11 years in the Yugoslav People's Army replaced the erstwhile military rifle Zastava M48.


In the mid-fifties in the Yugoslav military circles launched the idea of developing new semi-automatic rifle. For the final manufacturer of the new semi-automatic rifle factory "Crvena Zastava" from Kragujevac was selected. At the moment when the documentation was almost completed, there is an improvement in relations between the USSR and Yugoslavia. The new relations also included military cooperation, so the JNA switched to the purchase of a license for the production of the Soviet SKS rifle (Samozaryadny Karabin  Simonova).


Yugoslav experts did not hold the concept of SKS rifle in general, but they developed very similarly on the basis of the SKS, but with improved properties and capabilities. In the beginning of 1960 there appeared new weapons, semi-automatic rifles…

SS formations in the Balkans during World War II PART IV

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7th SS Volunteer Mountain Division "Prinz Eugen" 
The 7th SS Volunteer Mountain Division "Prinz Eugen" (11. SS-Freiwilligen Gebirgs-Division "Prinz Eugen")was a German mountain infantry division of the Waffen-SS, the armed wing of the German Nazi Party that served alongside but was never formally part of the Wehrmacht during World War II in Yugoslavia. Formed in 1941 from Volksdeutsche (ethnic German) volunteers and conscripts from the Banat, Independent State of Croatia (NDH), Hungary and Romania, it fought a counter-insurgency campaign against communist-led Yugoslav Partisan resistance forces in the occupied Serbia, NDH, and Montenegro.


 It was given the title Prinz Eugen after Prince Eugene of Savoy, an outstanding military leader of the Habsburg Empire who liberated the Banat and Belgrade from the Ottoman Empire in the Austro-Turkish War of 1716–18. It was initially named the SS-Freiwilligen-Division Prinz Eugen (SS-Volunteer Division Prinz Eugen).


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Concentration camp in Yugoslavia during World War II

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Concentration or collecting camp is a type of prison created for political opponents, members of certain ethnic or religious groups, civilians from a critical military area, or any group of people. Concentration camps are most often created during the war, and detainees are in detention most often without a single trial.
The first concentration camp appeared during the Third Cuban War of Independence (1895-1898) when Spanish Governor Valeriano Vayler ordered the forced eviction and closure of peasants and their families from areas where the Cuban rebels were active. Due to poor conditions and overburden, many prisoners have died.


The British used concentration camps during the Boer War (1899-1902), in which women and children were detained in 31 camps throughout the South African Republic. Over 28,000 women and children died due to poor living conditions in camps and poor nutrition.


With the arrival of the Nazis to power in Germany in 1933, they immediately approached the liquidation of …

Stunning images of World War II

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