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Soviet fighter aircraft Yakovlev Yak-3 in Partisan and Yugoslav Air Forces

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. In May 1945 there were manufactured 4.560 planes, and until the end of 1946, when production ceased, 4.848 fighters Yak-3.

In addition to the British who helped in the creation of partisan aviation, help came from the Soviets. After the liberation of Belgrade, many former pilots exceeds aside Partizan, former pilots, engineers, mechanics and workers from the factory pre-war aircraft. So to create new units, fighters, and assault, as well as workshops for an overhaul of aircraft and equipment. With the Soviet Union has …

The development of armored units of the Yugoslav army 1945-1950

During the Second World War, two tank brigades were formed from the allied aid at NOVJ. They were the First and the Second Tank Brigade, which made a significant contribution to the final struggle for the liberation of the country. At the end of the war, the two brigades found themselves in the northwest region of Yugoslavia. At the end of May 1945, the first tank was in the old area of Trieste, and the second tank brigade was sent to Zagreb on May 17, which was effectively broken through Trieste on 21 May. In May 1945, a decision was made about the formation of a Tank army, based on positive experiences with tank brigades and the influence of Soviet doctrine. The basis for the formation of this army was the two existing tank brigades, which turned into divisions after joining a single mechanized and artillery brigade.

In late July, in addition to two tank divisions, the composition of the First Tank Army entered one tank, artillery, mechanized, anti-aircraft, artillery and engineering…

NATO destruction of Military Airport Dubinje near Sjenice

In 1999, the Military Airport Dubinje near Sjenice was destroyed by NATO bombs. There is no airport in Yugoslavia suffered such aggressive and intense bombing as the Sjenica Airport. Thousands of bombs hit the airport and its surroundings. Today Aerodrome and the surrounding pebble landscape look like the surface of the Moon. Dubinje was home to the JNA squadron of the JNA and the Yugoslav Army, Galeb, Orlov, and Supersonic Mig - 21. The airport is ruined today and abandoned. Despite a large number of unexploded ordnance, it is only used by locals who lock the sheep and cattle in that area. Bunkers, where supersonic aircraft were located, are now being used as barns and hay storage space.

At an altitude of over a thousand meters, Dubinje had the largest runway in Yugoslavia, 2.5 kilometers long. The runway and airport with several planes were destroyed by NATO bombing in 1999. On the entire surface area of about 160 hectares of the former military complex are craters of thousands of fa…

369th Croatian Reinforced Infantry Regiment Road to Stalingrad Part II

On 24 September 1942, during a visit to the 6th Army headquarters, Pavelić decorated and promoted some soldiers of the regiment. Two days later the 100th Light Infantry Division was committed to the Battle of Stalingrad.

It is important to note that Paulus and his Sixth Army were the best German division ever in the Second World War. Paulus and his soldiers were the most disciplined, best equipped and most talented German units in the entire Wehrmacht. They have achieved military successes unseen and unparalleled in Europe and the world. A call to the 369th Regiment to join them in the attack on Stalingrad was an expression of great honor for the former achievements and sacrifice on the Russian front.

On September 27, 1942, the regiment in the composition of the Weber Group participated in the attack on the "Red October" factory on Volga River, later celebrated in the movie Enemy at the gate. From October 23 to December 29, 1942, the Regiment was part of the 79th Division. …

369th Croatian Reinforced Infantry Regiment Road To The Stalingrad Part I

The 369th Infantry Regiment (also known as the Croatian Legion) or the 369th Legionna Regiment was a unit of the NDH Army. From the foundation in the summer of 1941 to the surrender to the Russians, in the beginning of February 1943, operated as part of the Wehrmacht (army of the Third Reich) on the Eastern Front.

On 2 July 1941, in the NDH, General Ante Pavelic issued a call for volunteers to fight Bolshevism. Between 3 and 7 July 1941, there were over 5,000 volunteers at the surprise of the Ustasha authorities. It is important to note that NDH never declared war on the Soviet Union as it was declared to America, so the legionaries there was part of the German military machine as foreign volunteers in the Wehrmacht army.

Of the 3,865 people selected, the "369th Infantry Regiment" (or 369th Verstärktes Infanterie-Regiment (Croat.)) Was made on July 16, 1941, consisting of three battalions. The first was formed in Sarajevo, the second and third in Varaždin and Zagreb. Colonel I…

Koni class frigates in the service of the Yugoslav Navy

Rocket frigate class Koni is NATO's mark for the class of missile frigates built by the former USSR. They are also known as Soviet Project 1159. A total of 14 ships were built at the shipyard in Zelenodolska on the Black Sea between 1975 and 1988. It was first conceived as a replacement for the old class of the Riga frigate but was eventually chosen as an export product for the friendly navy. The Koni I subclass is intended for European waters, while the Koni II subclass is built for warmer water. Only a few are in the service today.

The two frigates of this class were sold to Yugoslavia, and on the basis of them later, two new frigates of Yugoslav production were built, which were known as the great patrol boats of the Kotor class. The Romanian frigate class Tetal is very similar to the Koni class.

VPBR-31 "Split" (ex-SSSR "Sokol"): was ordered on April 14, 1976, from the Red Metallic Shipyard in Zelenodolska. The ship was launched on April 21, 1979, and soon it…