Anton Tus

Anton Tus (born 22 November 1931) is a retired Croatian general who served as head of the Yugoslav Air Force between 1985 and 1991 and was the first Chief of Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces from 1991 to 1992 during the Croatian War of Independence.[1][2]

Anton Tus
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General Anton Tus in 2009
Born (1931-11-22) 22 November 1931 (age 89)
Bribir, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
(modern Croatia)
Allegiance SFR Yugoslavia (1947–1991)
 Croatia (1991–1992)
Service/branchYugoslav Air Force
Croatian Armed Forces
Years of service1949–1992 (commissioned as an officer and pilot in 1953, joined the Air Force Academy in 1949)
RankColonel General (YPA)
General of the Army (HV)
Commands held204th Fighter Regiment (1968–1969)
5th Aviation Corps
Yugoslav Air Force (1985–1991)
Croatian Armed Forces General Staff
(Glavni stožer OSRH, 1991–1992)
Battles/warsCroatian War of Independence
AwardsGrand Order of King Petar Krešimir IV
Order of Duke Domagoj
Order of Nikola Šubić Zrinski
Order of the Croatian Trefoil


A graduate of the Yugoslav Air Force Academy, Tus spent most of his career serving in the Yugoslav Air Force. From 1968 to 1969 he was commander of the 204th Fighter Aviation Regiment stationed at Batajnica Air Base. After that he was commander of the 5th Air Force and Air Defence Corps based in SR Croatia.

In 1985 he was promoted to the head of the Yugoslav Air Force and held that post until his defection in May 1991 amid the breakup of Yugoslavia. Between September 1991 and November 1992 he was the first Chief of the General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces, succeeded in that post by general Janko Bobetko.

Between 1992 and 1995 he was president Franjo Tuđman's chief military advisor, before becoming head of Defence Ministry's Office for International Cooperation between 1995 and 2001. In 2001 he was appointed to the post of the chief of the Croatian Mission to NATO until retirement in 2005.



  1. ^ "Anton Tus: an officer and a diplomat". NATO Review. Summer 2002. Archived from the original on 10 November 2010. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Anton Tus (1931 - )" (in Croatian). Retrieved 20 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Odluka o odlikovanju Veleredom Kralja Petra Krešimira IV. s lentom i Danicom". Narodne novine (in Croatian). 24 May 2000. Retrieved 20 October 2010.

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