Jovan Naumović (Leskovac, 11 November 1879 – Belgrade, 13 February 1945) was an Armijski đeneral[a] in the Royal Yugoslav Army who commanded the 3rd Territorial Army during the German-led Axis invasion of Yugoslavia of April 1941 during World War II. Naumović's command consisted of three infantry divisions and some smaller formations.[3] The 3rd Territorial Army was part of the 3rd Army Group which was responsible for the border with Albania between Lake Ohrid to Lake Skadar, and the Romanian and Bulgarian borders between the Iron Gates and the Greek border.[4]


Jovan Naumović
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Jovan Naumović in full dress uniform
Native name
Јован Наумовић
Nickname(s)"Vojvoda Osogovski"[1]
Born(1879-11-11)11 November 1879
Leskovac, Principality of Serbia
Died13 February 1945(1945-02-13) (aged 65)
Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Allegiance Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Service/branchRoyal Yugoslav Army
RankArmijski đeneral
Commands heldKingdom of Yugoslavia 3rd Territorial Army
Battles/warsInvasion of Yugoslavia (1941)


After graduating from the Military Academy in Belgrade, joined the Unification or Death organization. He fought as a Chetnik in Old Serbia against the Ottoman Turks (1904-1905) under the nom de guerre Vojvoda Osogovski.

Naumović was chief of staff of the 3rd Army in 1929. After that, he served as a brigade and divisional commander and has head of the gendarmerie. In September 1938 he was appointed to command the 5th Army at Niš.[5]

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  1. ^ equivalent to a U.S. Army lieutenant general.[2]




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