Why was Dimitrije Ljotic against the Chetniks

The War in Yugoslavia pp 167-190 | Cite as

  • Slavko Goldstein
  • Igor Graovac


Immediately after the first news of the coup events and the anti-German demonstrations in Belgrade on March 27, 1941, Adolf Hitler issued “Directive No. 25”, which stated: “The military coup in Yugoslavia changed the political situation in the Balkans. Even if Yugoslavia first makes declarations of loyalty, it must be viewed as an enemy and therefore smashed as quickly as possible. ”At the last moment, the government under General Simovic tried to avoid war by recognizing its accession to the Tripartite Pact. In a short time Germany put 24 excellently equipped divisions in readiness for attack, plus 23 Italian and some Hungarian and Bulgarian divisions. A total of 2,200 combat aircraft were used. The Yugoslav army opposed this force with a total of 30 inadequately equipped divisions, most of which were equipped with carts of oxen instead of motor vehicles. Except for the border with Greece, Yugoslavia was in total enemy encirclement.

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  • Igor Graovac

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