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The ZSU-57-2 in service of the Yugoslav People's Army

The ZSU-57-2 (Ob'yekt 500) is a Soviet self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG), armed with two 57 mm autocannons. 'ZSU' stands for Zenitnaya Samokhodnaya Ustanovka (Russian: Зенитная Самоходная Установка), meaning "anti-aircraft self-propelled mount", '57' stands for the bore of the armament in millimeters and '2' stands for the number of gun barrels. It was the first Soviet mass-produced tracked SPAAG. In the USSR it had the unofficial nickname "Sparka", meaning "pair", referring to the twin autocannon with which the vehicle is armed.

During 1945 was made a smaller amount of the new self-propelled vehicle ZSU PA-37, which was based on a self-propelled vehicle SU-76m, such as the armored turret body mounted to open one gun K-61, 37 mm caliber. This weapon has retained all the bad characteristics of SU-76M, above all, not strong and unreliable engines. The total has made just over 70 ZSU-37. February 1946 design bureau 174 from …

Missile system S-125M1T "NEVA" The rocket, which broke the myth of stealth technology

S-125 Neva missile systems for air defense of the territory. This missile system surface-to-air (Eng. Surface-to-air missile system) is produced in the Soviet Union 60 years of the 20th century. It is still in use in many countries, including Serbia. In recent years, carried out the modernization of the system, which allows it to use, and in today's conditions. NATO name for the system is the SA-3 Goa.

The missile system S-125M1T "NEVA" included:
- station for guiding a rocket (STVR: IME antenna body, the measuring, and calculation UNK- M) and cabin for thermal imaging system - cabin for distribution supply RCU-N - electrical station 5E96A - start equipment (4 launchers 5P73 with 4 missiles 5V27U / D, a vehicle for the supply and installation of missiles PR-14AM) - mobile repair facility PRM-NM1 - acquisition observation station (OACt) P15 (P12) - Cable Kits

Missile system S-125M1T "NEVA" has the following features: - the observation zone maximum detection range is 80 k…

Interesting facts and figures on the Balkans on June 1941

2. 6. - started Ustasha slaughters around Ljubinje and in the village Drežanj near Nevesinje, where on June 3, comes to armed resistance.
2. 6. - Germans begin repression against civilians in Crete (Kondomari massacre, shooting in Alikianos).

4. 6. - The agreement between Germany and the Independent State of Croatia in Zagreb about the deportation around 200,000 Serbs in Serbia, and the same number of Slovenians in Croatia.
5. 6. - The uprising in NDH 1941 .: around Gacko in Herzegovina began a spontaneous uprising provoked by the Ustasha violence.
5. 6. - A large explosion of stored of ammunition in the Smederevo fortress - almost all the houses in Smederevo damaged, about 5,000 victims.
5. 6. - The meeting of Ante Pavelic and Hitler at Berchtesgaden.

6. 6. - Appeal of King Peter II Pope Pius XII and President Roosevelt to save the Serbian people from extinction.
7. 6. - Ludwig von Schröder new German commander in Serbia.
7. 6. - Japan recognized the NDH.
7 6 - Armed villagers from Gacko Polj…

Battle of Crete

Battle for Crete known code-named Operation Mercury was the largest airborne operation carried out by the German parachute regiment during World War II. The battle began on 20 May 1941 and ended the German Pyrrhic victory because the losses of German airborne forces were extremely high. Negative experience gained during the Battle for Crete forced the German military leadership to make a decision on cancellation of the planned large-scale airborne operations for which the German parachutists to the end of the war, fought as infantry.

The Battle of Crete was the first occasion where Fallschirmjäger (German paratroops) were used en masse, the first mainly airborne invasion in military history, the first time the Allies made significant use of intelligence from the decrypted German messages from the Enigma machine and the first time German troops encountered mass resistance from a civilian population. Due to the number of casualties and the belief that airborne forces no longer had the ad…

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2 in Yugoslav Air Force

The most known German fighter plane of the W.W.II, crowned by the glory of an aircraft whose pilots shot down the most opponent’s planes than anyone in the history of warfare. Also, one of the only few aircraft types acting in combat from the first to the last day of the war. Its first prototype had a maiden flight early September 1935, and series planes experiencing the combat baptism in the Spanish Civil War. To the end of the W.W. II, they were about 34.000 pieces, (the war production itself was 30.480 planes). Developed in the course of time, it’s last variants had engine double stronger than the prototype.
The Air Force of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia purchased in Germany, from August 1939 to late 1940 about 80 planes Messerschmitt Me-109 E-3, which, in the composition of the elite 6th Fighter Regiment, were used during the April War 1941, participating in the defense of the Capitol, Beograd.

Except 10 Messerschmitts, captured during the 1941-1945 war, on the basis of the agreement w…

Končar-class missile boat

In the early seventies in Yugoslavia began development of missile gunboats type 401 (project "Vrbas"). The first ship in the class was launched on 15 October 1976.
After the ceremony approached the final furnishing and acceptance test of ship systems and ship as a whole. Assays were terminated by driving durability and the handed JRM vessel. Ceremony lifting naval flags and the introduction of the ship to send a truck list executed on 14 February 1977 in the Lora Naval Base.

Following the introduction of the ship in a fleet list, the ship was subjected to prototype tests, which lasted until April 1979. During this time the ship has traveled over 16,000 miles. Shooting was Effected a rocket missile P-20 and more artillery fire.

Missile ship class 401 was the first warship, completely designed and built in our country, on whose completion was hired over 1,500 subcontractors.
In the period from 1978 to 1983, the shipyard, was built in 5 rocket gunboat type 401, of registry designat…

Anti Partisan operations in the Independent State of Croatia

Operation Visegrad
The guerrilla war in Yugoslavia, which lasted from 22 June 1941 to May 1945 was more extensive and picked up more victims than they took the war in the Soviet Union from June 22 to July 1944, mainly in Belarus. Communist partisans led by Tito, except for the German army, they had to contend with Italian, Bulgarian, Hungarian, and the military NDH and the Chetniks and dozens of other insignificant collaborationist militia and groups. The war in Yugoslavia was unique. In this war, they made war with the invaders, nationalist, collaborators, and allies of the Axis against the Partisans. At the same time, it was a civil war, revolution, and war of appeasement.

Duration: September 30, 1941 - December 4, 1941.
Objective: Destroy the Chetniks concentrated around Rogatica 40 km east of Sarajevo and the town of Visegrad on the Drina River 69 km away from Sarajevo. Partisans and Chetniks launched a fierce attack on this area and occupied by 21 October 1941.
Partisan forces: the R…