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Chief of the General Staff (Yugoslavia)

List of chiefs of the general staffEdit

† denotes people who died in office.

Royal Yugoslav Army (1918–1920)Edit

No. Chief of Staff of the Supreme Command Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
1Mišić, ŽivojinVojvoda
Živojin Mišić
(1855–1921)
[a]
1 December 19185 May 19201 year, 156 daysRoyal Army

Royal Yugoslav Armed Forces (1920–1941)Edit

No. Chief of the General Staff Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
1Mišić, ŽivojinVojvoda
Živojin Mišić
(1855–1921)
5 May 192020 January 1921†260 daysRoyal Army
Pešić, PetarGeneral
Petar Pešić
(1871–1944)
Acting
21 January 192110 March 192148 daysRoyal Army
2Bojović, PetarVojvoda
Petar Bojović
(1858–1945)
10 March 19218 December 1921273 daysRoyal Army
3Pešić, PetarGeneral
Petar Pešić
(1871–1944)
8 December 19214 November 1922331 daysRoyal Army
Ž. Milovanović, MilanDivisional general
Milan Ž. Milovanović
(1874–1942)
Acting
[b]
4 November 192230 July 19241 year, 269 daysRoyal Army
(3)Pešić, PetarArmy general
Petar Pešić
(1871–1944)
30 July 192411 April 19294 years, 255 daysRoyal Army
4Ž. Milovanović, MilanArmy general
Milan Ž. Milovanović
(1874–1942)
11 April 192918 April 19345 years, 7 daysRoyal Army
Kosić, PetarDivisional general
Petar Kosić
(1881–1949)
Acting
18 April 19341 June 193444 daysRoyal Army
5Nedić, MilanArmy general
Milan Nedić
(1877–1946)
[c]
1 June 19349 March 1935281 daysRoyal Army
Kosić, PetarDivisional general
Petar Kosić
(1881–1949)
Acting
10 March 193512 May 193563 daysRoyal Army
6Marić, LjubomirArmy general
Ljubomir Marić
(1878–1960)
12 May 19358 March 1936301 daysRoyal Army
Kosić, PetarDivisional general
Petar Kosić
(1881–1949)
Acting
8 March 19366 September 1936182 daysRoyal Army
Nedić, MilutinDivisional general
Milutin Nedić
(1882–1945)
Acting
[d]
6 September 19366 September 19371 year, 0 daysRoyal Army
7Nedić, MilutinArmy general
Milutin Nedić
(1882–1945)
[d]
6 September 193725 August 1938353 daysRoyal Army
Bodi, MihailoDivisional general
Mihailo Bodi
(1884–1953)
Acting
25 August 193815 September 193821 daysRoyal Army
8Simović, DušanArmy general
Dušan Simović
(1882–1962)
15 September 19383 January 19401 year, 110 daysRoyal Army Air Force
9Kosić, PetarArmy general
Petar Kosić
(1881–1949)
3 January 194027 March 19411 year, 83 daysRoyal Army
(8)Simović, DušanArmy general
Dušan Simović
(1882–1962)
27 March 194114 April 194118 daysRoyal Army Air Force
Kalafatović, DaniloArmy general
Danilo Kalafatović
(1875–1946)
Acting
15 April 194117 April 19412 daysRoyal Army

Yugoslav Army outside the Homeland (1941–1942)Edit

No. Chief of Staff of the Supreme Command Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
1Lozić, MiodragLieutenant Colonel
Miodrag Lozić
194119421 yearJVvO

Yugoslav Army in the Homeland (1942–1945)Edit

No. Chief of Staff of the Supreme Command Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
1Mihailović, DragoljubArmy General
Dragoljub Mihailović
(1893–1946)
194219442 yearsJVuO
2Damnjanović, MiodragBrigadier General
Miodrag Damnjanović
(1893–1956)
194419451 yearJVuO

National Liberation Army (1941–1945)Edit

No. Name Took office Left office Time in office Party Defence branch
N/ATito, Josip BrozMarshal of Yugoslavia
Josip Broz Tito
(1892–1980)
Commander of the Supreme Headquarters and Commander-in-Chief
27 June 19411 March 19453 years, 247 daysSKJNOV i POJ
N/AJovanović, ArsoLieutenant General
Arso Jovanović
(1907–1948)
Chief of the Supreme Headquarters
12 December 19411 March 19453 years, 79 daysSKJNOV i POJ

Yugoslav People's Army (1945–1992)Edit

The Chief of the General Staff (Serbo-Croatian: Načelnik Generalštaba - NGŠ; Начелник Генералштаба - НГШ; Macedonian: Началник на Генералштабот; Slovene: Načelnik Generalštaba) was the chief of staff of the General Staff of the Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) during its existence from 1945 to 1992. He was appointed by the President of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, who was the commander-in-chief. While the Federal Secretary of People's Defence (defence minister) headed the Federal Secretariat of People's Defence (Savezni sekretarijat za narodnu odbranu - SSNO) and it was the most effective military person, the Chief of the General Staff (which was the formational part of SSNO) was the most professional and staff body.

No. Chief of the General Staff Took office Left office Time in office Party Defence branch
1Jovanović, ArsoColonel General
Arso Jovanović
(1907–1948)
[e]
1 March 194515 September 1945198 daysSKJ 
Ground Forces
2Popović, KočaColonel General
Koča Popović
(1908–1992)
[f]
15 September 194527 January 19534 years, 134 daysSKJ 
Ground Forces
3Dapčević, PekoColonel General
Peko Dapčević
(1913–1999)
27 January 195329 April 19552 years, 92 daysSKJ 
Ground Forces
4Vučković, LjuboColonel General
Ljubo Vučković
(1915–1976)
29 April 195516 June 19616 years, 48 daysSKJ 
Ground Forces
5Hamović, RadeColonel General
Rade Hamović
(1916–2009)
16 June 196115 June 19675 years, 364 daysSKJ 
Ground Forces
6Šumonja, MilošColonel General
Miloš Šumonja
(1918–2006)
15 June 19675 January 19702 years, 204 daysSKJ 
Ground Forces
7Bubanj, ViktorColonel General
Viktor Bubanj
(1918–1972)
5 January 197015 October 1972†2 years, 284 daysSKJ 
Air Force
8Potočar, StaneColonel General
Stane Potočar
(1919–1997)
15 October 197210 July 19796 years, 268 daysSKJ 
Ground Forces
9Mamula, BrankoAdmiral
Branko Mamula
(born 1921)
[g]
10 July 19795 May 19822 years, 299 daysSKJ 
Navy
10Gračanin, PetarColonel General
Petar Gračanin
(1923–2004)
[h]
5 May 19821 September 19853 years, 119 daysSKJ 
Ground Forces
11Čanadi, ZorkoColonel General
Zorko Čanadi
(1925–2003)
1 September 198515 September 19872 years, 14 daysSKJ 
Ground Forces
12Mirković, StevanColonel General
Stevan Mirković
(1927–2015)
15 September 198729 September 19892 years, 14 daysSKJ 
Ground Forces
13Adžić, BlagojeColonel General
Blagoje Adžić
(1932–2012)
29 September 198927 February 19922 years, 151 daysSKJ 
Ground Forces
14Panić, ŽivotaColonel General
Života Panić
(1933–2003)
[i]
27 February 199220 May 199283 daysIndependent 
Ground Forces

Armed Forces of Yugoslavia / Serbia and Montenegro (1992–2006)Edit

Following the breakup of Yugoslavia and the secession of four out of six constituent republic in the SFR Yugoslavia the remaining two (Serbia and Montenegro) established a federation in 1992 called the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FR Yugoslavia). This lasted until 2003 when it was reconstituted as a state union called Serbia and Montenegro. In 2006 both countries declared independence and parted ways.

No. Chief of the General Staff Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
1Panić, ŽivotaColonel General
Života Panić
(1933–2003)
[j]
20 May 199226 August 19931 year, 98 daysGround Forces
2Perišić, MomčiloColonel General
Momčilo Perišić
(born 1944)
26 August 199326 November 19985 years, 92 daysGround Forces
3Ojdanić, DragoljubColonel General
Dragoljub Ojdanić
(born 1941)
[k]
26 November 19987 February 20001 year, 73 daysGround Forces
4Pavković, NebojšaColonel General
Nebojša Pavković
(born 1946)
7 February 200024 June 20022 years, 137 daysGround Forces
5Krga, BrankoColonel General
Branko Krga
(born 1945)
[l]
24 June 200223 December 20042 years, 182 daysGround Forces
6Paskaš, DraganLieutenant General
Dragan Paskaš
(born 1951)
23 December 20046 October 2005287 daysGround Forces
7Jokić, LjubišaLieutenant General
Ljubiša Jokić
(born 1958)
6 October 20053 June 2006240 daysGround Forces

Headquarters (1965–1999)Edit

StandardsEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Previously served as Chief of the Serbian General Staff
  2. ^ General until 1923
  3. ^ Later served as the Prime Minister of the Government of National Salvation from 1941 to 1944
  4. ^ a b Brother of Milan Nedić
  5. ^ Killed by border guards while allegedly trying to escape to Romania during the Informbiro
  6. ^ Afterwards served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1953 to 1965
  7. ^ Afterwards served as the Minister of Defence from 1982 to 1988
  8. ^ Later served as the President of the Presidency of Serbia from 1987 to 1989
  9. ^ Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Yugoslavia from 20 May 1992
  10. ^ Chief of the General Staff of the Yugoslav People's Army until 20 May 1992
  11. ^ Afterwards served as the Minister of Defence in 2000
  12. ^ Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Serbia and Montenegro since 7 March 2003

SourcesEdit

  • Chief of the General Staff: 1876–2000, Ivetić Velimir, Belgrade 2000.