Unconditional surrender of Yugoslavia in 1941 - imposed conditions of surrender


Captured Yugoslav officers before their deportation to Germany



1) Main provisions:

By signing the armistice agreement, the Yugoslav Armed Forces has to capitulate unconditionally and be taken prisoner of war. To that end, the commanders of the units will report to the nearest German officers.

2) Organization of the evacuation of prisoners:

Troops are to be collected by units where they are located. Until the surrender, the Yugoslav officers are fully responsible for discipline and order and therefore remain with their units.

Soldiers who leave their units after the armistice is concluded will be sentenced to death.

3) Surrender of weapons and all war material:

Weapons and war materials remain in principle with the respective units. They will hand him over only when it is ordered by certain organs of the German armed forces.

4) Reports:

By April 25, 1941, a report is to be submitted on the following points:

a) In which places are the individual collected units located?

b) Where are the artillery, automobile, quartermasters, and other warehouses?

c) Where are the minefields placed?

e) Where were the preparations made for the demolition of bridges and other structures?

5) Wireless and wired connections:

All means of communication shall be used exclusively for the "implementation of the terms of the armistice." For the purpose of controlling wireless traffic, the frequency and wavelength are to be informed. Only the submission of open dispatches is allowed.

6) Food and equipment:

Until the surrender is completed, the Yugoslav Supreme Command will take care of the nutrition. filed kitchens stay with their units in principle, and they will take them with them even after the surrender. In addition, all soldiers have to bring the proper equipment (overcoats, blankets, cutlery). Nutrition, including livestock feed, should be provided in 6 days as much as possible.

7) Handing over of horses and livestock:

Horses and livestock are also to be collected by units, provided they are not used to harness field kitchens.

8) Sanitary measures:

The Yugoslav Supreme Command is responsible for all measures in the medical sense. All units, in particular, will have the appropriate medical officers and medical staff. The location of the hospital is to be reported.

9) The Danube River Flotilla is to be collected in the Zemun port by April 25, 1941.

10) Release of prisoners and internees:

All German, Italian and Hungarian prisoners, and internees are to be released immediately.

11) Submission of documents:

All missing acts in the presidency of the government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of the Army must be submitted within 3 days at the latest. Storage locations are to be announced. The complete and undamaged delivery of these documents is guaranteed.

12) Gendarmerie and police:

The bodies of the gendarmerie and the police, who had to leave their peacetime places with the retreating troops, have to go to their regular duty immediately.

In their peacetime places, they must immediately report to the German garrison troops. For the return, which is to be carried out without weapons, motor vehicles may be used if there is more than a daily march. These must be marked with white flags, and drivers must be provided with travel documents.

13) Surrender of land and coastal fortifications:

All land and coastal fortifications are to be handed over with weapons, ammunition, materials, and plans, as well as facilities of all kinds.

14) Outlawry:

Military personnel is prohibited from leaving the country. Whoever participates in the fight against the Axis powers will be treated as an outlaw.

It is further forbidden to take ships, weapons, equipment, and aircraft to a hostile or neutral foreign country.

15) Yugoslav Navy:

The Navy remains in its ports. Mine and coastal barriers are to be identified. The Navy's defenses are to be surrendered. The exit of merchant ships is prohibited. Ships in voyage are to be called back to the Yugoslav or ports of the Axis Powers. The carrier of the Dragon seaplane has surrendered.

16) Prohibition of aircraft take-off:

* Aircraft are prohibited from taking off. Any takeoff will be considered an act of hostility.

17) All arrangements and facilities of the military force and the economy, including means of transport, must be handed over undamaged.

18) Beginning of the armistice:

The armistice agreement enters into force 15 hours after the signing, i.e. April 18 at 12 o'clock in German summertime. The movements of German troops are not interrupted by this. When resistance is resumed, this agreement becomes invalid and the combat actions of the German military force will be renewed with the greatest intensity.

Signed April 17, 1941. at 9 p.m.


By order of the Supreme Commander of the German Army

By order of the Yugoslav Armed Forces

Army General Maximilian von Weichs


Aleksandar Cincar Markovic

General Radivoje Jankovic





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