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Interesting Facts and figures about the Balkans in 1941 Part II

April 3. - The Hungarian Prime Minister Count Pal Teleki committed suicide, not wanting to take part in the invasion of Yugoslavia.
April 3. - The Talks of Yugoslav, Greek and British military representatives in Florina.
April 4. - Vlatko Macek reached Belgrade and took deputy of the prime minister. Belgrade, Zagreb and Ljubljana in the event of a state of war be declared open cities.
April 5 (in fact 6. 4. early in the morning) - signed the Pact of friendship and non-aggression of the USSR and Yugoslavia.
April 6. - The attack of Germany against Yugoslavia begins April war - the bombing of Belgrade and air bases, attack of the German 12th Army on Macedonia.

April 6 - Germany attack on Greece (Operation Marita, part of the Battle of Greece).
April 7 - Skopje Occupied - cut the main connection between Yugoslavia and Greece; also the second attack of the German Army on Slovenia and Croatia.
April 8 - Vlatko Macek left the Royal government; attack the German forces from Bulgaria on Serbia.

Bosnia produced the first post-war howitzer: It'll cost a million KM, range 40 kilometers

"Bratstvo" Novi Travnik - Factory of the machine and hydraulic (BNT TMiH) at the end of the first prototype of modern artillery weapons produced after the war in Bosnia. It is a self-propelled howitzer 155 mm caliber, it was announced from the company.
The development of howitzers has been going on for years, and from this factory, the military part of the former Novi Travnik giant "Bratstva", announced that beginning in 2017 performed the first test self-propelled modern weapons whose range of up to 40 kilometers.
As he said Adis Ikanović in. d. director of BNT TMiH, it is a weapon that is an almost completely Bosnian product, because, in addition to trucks and computer equipment for guidance, all produced in factories in Novi Travnik.
"The first Probationary testing of fire we will carry on our training ground where we test mortars, and to see where we are going to shoot at the target range further. The only training ground in Bosnia and Herzegovina is in Glamo…

The First Proletarian Shock Brigades

The first Proletarian shock Brigade was the first partisan brigades in occupied Yugoslavia. During the war, the brigade was considered an elite unit of the National Liberation Army of Yugoslavia. It was formed on 21 December 1941 in Rudo, of the Partisan rebels, after the withdrawal of the Sandzak. The decision on the formation of the First Proletarian Brigade made the Central Committee of the Communist Party. On the day of the formation had six battalions (four from Serbia and two from Montenegro) the total strength of 1,200 soldiers. The first commander of the brigade was Koca Popovic, a political commissar Filip Kljajic Fica.

The First Proletarian Shock Brigade in the 1240 war days had 530 large and small battle, it is almost every other day was spent in the fight. Other days were mostly spent in exhausting marches.
The First Proletarian Brigade on its war path traveled more than 20,000 kilometers. In the battles fought more than 22,000 people from all over Yugoslavia. She had more th…

Interesting Facts and figures about the Balkans in 1941 Part I

6 - 11 January. - Greek-Italian war - Greek army mounted a successful counter-offensive in southern Albania, front stabilizer by April.
January 20. - Bulgarian Cabinet votes for signing the Tripartite Pact.
January 22. - Colonel William Joseph Donovan, Roosevelt's special envoy, arrived in Belgrade (Balkan trip to visit Greece, Turkey, and Bulgaria).
January 29. - Died gene. Ioannis Metaxas, Greece's Prime Minister.
January 29. to February 17. - The Battle of Trebesin: Greeks succeed to take mountain peaks, at the cost of great sacrifices.
February 4. - The Hungarian Parliament ratified the agreement of Accession to the Tripartite Pact and the treaty of eternal friendship with Yugoslavia.
February 8. - Germany and Bulgaria signed a military pact.
February 14. - Hitler and Ribbentrop talk with Cvetkovic and Cincar- Markovic in the Berghof, the same day Roosevelt message to the Yugoslav government: since Lend-lease will help the peoples who may be victims of aggression.
February 17. - B…

14 things that every Yugoslav partisan wore at the beginning of World War II

1.  Partizan armed with a German submachine gun MP41 9mm, popularly known as "Schmeisser", today a rare example of the wooden butt. For a belt carrying a gun "Parabellum" P08 9mm and a hand grenade. Dressed in a civilian coat, the military jacket of unknown origin, the German military pants and cavalry boots. On the stroke has a partisan cap ("Tito hat") with a sewn red star.
2.Three-pointed cap popularly called "Triglav cap" to the highest peak in Slovenia. Such as a cap made anti-fascist fighters of the Spanish Civil War and the first Junos Croatian partisans. Since 1944, it replaced the cap "Titov ka" a smooth edge.

3.In September 1941, the partisan Supreme Headquarters ordered that the caps will wear red five-pointed star as a symbol of anti-fascist struggle. 3a. Since April 1942, stipulates that all elite Proletarian Brigade wear the star with a yellow hammer and sickle, the symbol of the international workers' movement.

Jugoslovensa People's Army at the last military parade in 1985 in Belgrade! (VIDEO)

The force of the Yugoslav National Army was last seen at a military parade in 1985 in Belgrade! Demonstration of the defensive power of the then state was held on Victory Day, May 9 when the armed forces were considered to be one of the greatest powers of Europe!

Military parade of the Yugoslav People's Army was held mostly in the period from 1945 to 1960, mostly for the May 1, Labour Day or May 9, the Victory Day over Fascism. In addition to these central parades in Belgrade, parades were held in the capitals of the other republics, as well as in other places, mainly for the anniversary of the liberation of the city or after endings maneuvers. According to the rules of service of the JNA, a military parade was organized on the orders of the Supreme Commander.

It is worth mentioning that during 1965, for economic reasons, the parade eliminated and it is determined that they are held every five years, on the occasion of May 9 Victory Day. Parade in 1985 in honor of the 40th anniversa…

The first flying machine from Yugoslavia

The first in the area of Serbia, (then Austro-Hungaria), flying machine, heavier then air, designed, made and flew the citizen of Subotica, Ivan Saric, (born 27th June 1876, died 23rd August 1966), taking example of Louis Bleriot plane, which he had opportunity to see visiting Paris in June 1909, but adding more own original ideas. Newly built aircraft firstly was exposed mid June 1910 at the lobby of city’s hotel, and then transferred to the hippodrome, where by the end the month he performed first flights. During time Saric mastered pilot’s technique so that in September the same year, on altitude of 30 meters, he flew distance of 3 kilometers, making also turns. Generaly, he was typical represent of the that time aviation pioneers, being simultaneously designer, constructer, mechanic and own flying teacher. Besides, he was universal sportsman, and in a number of occasions participated in sport event in the Kingdom of Serbia.

Acquiring a certain pilot’s skill and self-confidence, Sar…