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Interesting facts and figures on the Balkans in February 1942

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4. 2. - The officers of the British mission Hydra, including Major Terence Atherton, have landed at Petrovac.
7. 2. - Ustasha massacre in Banja Luka suburb Drakulic, Šargovac and Motike, which is a cruel way of killing 2,300 residents of Serbian nationality.


12. 2. - The escape of a group of prisoners from the concentration camp at the Red Cross in Nis. February - The pro-Communist EAM in Greece forms a guerrilla ELAS (National People's Liberation Army).


February - Kosovo residents get Albanian citizenship.
February - Petar Lekovic was firstly named the national hero (the order was established in August 1943, but Lekovic died already in June '42).
17. 2. - Bulgarian army carried out the massacre in Bojnik. Bojnik is a settlement in Serbia in the Jablanica district.
17. 2. - Colonel Bajo Stanisic and commander of the Italian division "Taro" achieved the first Chetnik-Italian agreement against partisans in Montenegro.


17. 2. - Vičeslav Vilder, via Radio London, accuses Archbis…

The second generation of MiG 21 in the service of the Yugoslav People's Army

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After the signing of the large procurement of arms in 1961 in which there were 40 fighter-interceptor MiG-21F-13 and which included a five-year procurement plan (1961-1965), Yugoslavia was expecting new procurement techniques from the Soviet Union. Consequently, permanent relations with Moscow were maintained in order to monitor the further development of the technique that was interesting to Yugoslavia.


On the list of demands was the second generation of fighter-interceptor MiG-21 which is able to act in all weather conditions. First, the MiG-21PF variant attracted attention, but a newer version was quickly offered. After studying the variant MiG-21PF (internally designated as L-13) in June 1965, the newer MiG-21PFM was offered.


The second five-year plan that was implemented in the period from 1966-1970. and called "Sutjeska", included the procurement of 36 MiG-21PFM fighter planes (NATO label "Fishbed-F", official military code L-14) to equip three squadrons - one …

History of Yugoslav use of the fighter-interceptor MiG-21

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For more than 53 years, the MiG-21 a supersonic jet fighter and interceptor aircraft have been taking off from the Batajnica airport, and this type of aircraft is one of the most important and best-known combat aircraft in the history of military aviation.
For decades, this aircraft was the basic aircraft in Yugoslavia and the only dedicated air defense aircraft. The development of combat aircraft in the 1950s was very dynamic and accelerated, so the military top of Yugoslavia at the end of that decade quickly realized that it was necessary to acquire a new modern fighter jet that would replace American F-86 Saber aircraft. In 1958, we began to think about moving to the fighter speed of two maha seriously and the Yugoslav Air Forces (JRV) Command began with analyzes of all possible solutions.


Great attention was drawn to the French Mirage-III (Mirage-III) fighter plane, then one of the most modern combat aircraft. Efforts to acquire this plane were interrupted by politics because Yugosl…

Milutinac - a Football player who gave his life for freedom

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Dr. Milutin Ivkovic (Belgrade, March 3, 1906 - Jajinci, May 25, 1943) was a Yugoslav football player and doctor.
He was born in Belgrade to father Jovan, colonel, and mother of Mile, the daughter of the Duke of Radomir Putnik. Football started playing in the youth team of Belgrade Yugoslavia. He quickly became the first player and played 235 games for his club from 1922 to 1929. At the end of his career, he moved to BASK. For the national team of Belgrade, he played 42 matches, one less than the recorder of Moše Marjanović. He also played two matches for the B team.


From 1925 to 1934 he played 40 matches for the national team of Yugoslavia, with which he participated in the Ninth Olympics in Amsterdam in 1928 and at the Eleventh Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936. He also participated in the World Cup in Montevideo in 1930. He made his debut on 28 October 1925 in a friendly match against Czechoslovakia (0-7) in Prague, and the last game in the jersey of the national team played on 16 Decem…

Yakovlev Yak-3 in the service of the National Liberation Struggle

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Fighter plane of Soviet origin, Yakovlev Yak-3, represented the top of the development of a light fighter plane of high performance and great maneuverability, created by designer Alexandar S. Yakovlev, whose essential slogan was "simplicity doesn’t mean backwardness”. The plane’s first flight was performed in October 1943. and series production started in March 1944. Combat baptism Jak-3 had on 16th July 1944, and it was the best Soviet fighter plane in the W.W. II. To May 1945 there were manufactured 4.560 planes, and until the end of 1946, when production ceased, 4.848 fighters Yak-3.



Comparing with aircraft of western origin, Jak-3’s structure was obsolete. The fuselage of truss type construction of welded steel tubes, covered by plywood, the wing also wooden, except a metal boom. But, it didn’t influence to its characteristics. For a full horizontal 360° turn plane needed only 18 seconds, and a Yak-3, equipped by a much stronger engine of 1.324 kW (1.800 hp), achieved a speed …

Battle of Sutjeska statistics

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The occupier, known as the "Fifth Enemy Offensive" or the Battle of Sutjeska, introduced about 127,000 soldiers (67,000 Germans, 43,000 Italians, 2,000 Bulgarians and 15,000 domestic servicemen) with the support of 170 planes, 8 artillery regiments and a large number tanks - against the Main Operating Group of about 22,000 partisans. Or: six to one, which according to military standards, is twice as much that it is necessary for the absolute combat success of the attackers.
The Main Operational Group managed to break out of the environment with huge losses of 7,543 dead soldiers, including 597 Partisans women, which is an unforgettable example of losing women combatants in the history of wars.
Most of the fighters were from Croatia - 8,925, of which from Dalmatia - 5,195; from Bosnia and Herzegovina - 8,293; from Montenegro - 3,337; from Serbia - 1492; from Macedonia - 21; from Slovenia - 19; from abroad - 38.
In the national view, there were the most Serbs - 11,851; Croats - 5…

10 brave deaths during the National Liberation War Yugoslavia

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In times of war and revolution comes to strange reversal, when brave and noble qualities appear. Therefore, the second world war does not cease to fascinate me examples of unimaginable courage and contempt for death.
These are examples of crazy brave deaths that I managed to collect. Please leave a comment if you know another example.
Executions of youth in Bečej


Executions 12 SKOJ members (communist youth) in Bečej on 11 November 1941 by Hungarian fascists. The guy holding the raised fist is Milan Gavrić, a member of the SKOJ (Communist Youth). According to another interpretation, the fist is held by Labud Pejovic, the secretary of the District Committee of SKOJ.
A moment after this painting was recorded, Pejovic stood up and cried: " lived The Communist Party of Yugoslavia - Death to Fascism!" He was immediately shot.
Stjepan Filipović


The legendary photo that is now at the United Nations headquarters, and became a symbol of resistance to fascism in World War II.
Stjepan Filipovi…