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The Zastava M55 triple-barreled automatic anti-aircraft gun 20 mm

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The Zastava M55 is the name for the triple-barreled automatic anti-aircraft top 20 mm produced in Yugoslavia. The Yugoslav anti-aircraft M55 20 mm was produced under the license of the French antiaircraft gun named Hispano-Suiza HSS-804 20 mm L / 70. This counterweight gun is manufactured in four variants: M55A2, M55A3, M55A4 and M55A4M1 (BOV-3).


The M55A2B1 is designed for action against low-air targets in the airspace, and can also be used against unshielded and easily shielded targets on earth and water. The shooting speed is from 1950 to 2250 bullets per minute. M55 uses drums as an ammunition tank with a capacity of 60 bullets. M55 uses three types of ammunition: 20 × 110 mm M60 armor-piercing grenade pointer/marker,  20 × 110 mm TZO M57 explosive torch cartridge, 20 × 110 mm M79 exercise carousel, 20 × 110 mm M77 exercise cartridges


The gunner sits at the rear end of the gun and adjusts the traverse (360°) and elevation (+83° to -5°) with two handrails. The M55A3B1 differs from th…

The memory of the commander Sava Kovacevic

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Sava Kovacevic (1905-1943) was a famous partisan commander and a national hero of Yugoslavia. He was killed as commander of the Third Division in the attempt to break through during the Battle of Sutjeska 1943.
He was born on 25 January 1905 in the village Nudolu near Grahovo, today's Montenegro. Childhood, youth and most of his life spent in his native town. He attended primary school in the neighboring village Zaslap. Poor financial condition of the family prevented him from continuing with school but began to be engaged in agriculture. When he grew up, he got a job at "Ombla" company for the exploitation of forests in the Bijela gora. Later he leaves home and first worked in the mine Trepca on the installation of the cable car, then coming to Belgrade and started working in the printing, "Vreme" and on the build new Sava bridge. Since he was expelled from Belgrade, again employs as a forestry worker, and then working on his farm. He was a road worker.


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Hawker Hurricane Mk IV RP in service of the National liberation struggle

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Since the beginning of the Partisan movement was considered in the creation of conditions for air effects, primarily on transport although it was considered in the combat operations. But such a method of warfare does not allow to let the territory stay longer, but there were no conditions for a kind of aviation. At the beginning of 1942. were formed airport groups to accept aid from the USSR, by air. A particular problem that they had was the lack of weapons, clothing, accessories, so that is the main source of supply was seizure of the enemy. That caused a patchwork of uniforms and weapons. On several occasions, they came to the heavier weapons and even to aircraft.


So they gradually created new units of various genera of the confiscated techniques, especially after the capitulation of Italy. The growth of the National Liberation Struggle Partisans received better aircraft. The planes were received from the Independent State of Croatia so as pilots sympathize fleeing from NDH services…

Excellent animation of the National Liberation Struggle

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The Yugoslav Partisans or the National Liberation Army, officially the National Liberation Army and Partisan Detachments of Yugoslavia, was the Communist-led resistance to the Axis powers (chiefly Germany) in occupied Yugoslavia during World War II.



It is considered to be Europe's most effective anti-Axis resistance movement during World War II, often compared to the Polish resistance movement, albeit the latter was a mostly non-communist autonomous movement. The Yugoslav Resistance was led by the Communist Party of Yugoslavia during World War II. Its commander was Marshal Josip Broz Tito.

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Airport Divulje Split (underground facility Cetina)

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The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia had forty military facilities for strategic purposes, including several underground airbases. Such facilities were the largest military secrets. One of these underground airbase which is located near Split in Croatia.


Realizing that the project Zeljava (built 1958 to 1968) very demanding and expensive and the construction of long does it take, we started with the construction of several smaller undermine for aircraft - underground hangars. Such underground structures were built in Split (Cetin underground facility built 1969 to 1970), Pristina (object Morava), Podgorica (former Titograd) the object Šipčanik and  Mostar (Buna facility built 1969 to 1971).


Until '91 Divulje were heliport (also alternate aerodrome) and in its composition had the naval part. They were looking the best. Probably still look so nice ...


The people from the airport has mostly stayed in the former military resort Divulje near Split. From there was organized a morning…