Marshal of Yugoslavia

Marshal of Yugoslavia (Serbo-Croatian: Maršal Jugoslavije / Маршал Југославије; Slovene: Maršal Jugoslavije; Macedonian: Маршал на Југославија, romanizedMaršal na Jugoslavija) was the highest rank of the Yugoslav People's Army (equivalent to field marshal), and, simultaneously, a Yugoslav honorific title.

Marshal of Yugoslavia
Maršal Jugoslavije
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Shoulder boards of the rank of Marshal of Yugoslavia for the Ground Forces, used 1947–1951.
Country Yugoslavia
Service branchLogo of the JNA.svg Yugoslav People's Army
RankSix-star rank, Five-star rank (since 1974)
NATO rank codeOF-11, OF-10 (since 1974)
Non-NATO rankO-12, O-11 (before 1974)
FormationNovember 29, 1943
AbolishedMay 4, 1980
Next higher rankNone
Next lower rankGeneral

History of the rankEdit

AVNOJ decision on promoting Tito to the rank of Marshal of Yugoslavia

The only person to ever hold the rank of "Marshal of Yugoslavia" was Josip Broz Tito, with the term "Marshal" becoming synonymous with his name in Yugoslavia. He received it at the second session of AVNOJ in the Bosnian town of Jajce on November 29, 1943, and held it until his death on May 4, 1980.[1] Understanding the propaganda effects uniforms had on the general population, Tito had more than 70 different marshal uniforms.[2][3]

Adjutants to the Marshal of YugoslaviaEdit

Colonel general Milan Žeželj [sr] (pictured in 1944), longest-serving Adjutant to the Marshal of Yugoslavia
No. Tenure Name
Personal escorts
1 1941 Jaša Rajter [sr]
2 1941–1943 Boško Čolić
1 1943–1945 Major Boško Čolić
2 1945–1962 Colonel general Milan Žeželj [sr]
3 1962–1966 Major general Luka Božović
4 1966–1971 Lieutenant general Đuka Balenović
5 1971–1973 Major general Anđelko Valter
6 1973–1977 Lieutenant general Marko Rapo
7 1977–1979 Vice admiral Tihomir Vilović
8 1979–1980 Counter admiral Zvonimir Kostić


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Josip Broz Tito: Chronology Part Two". Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Marshall uniform". The Museum of Yugoslavia. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  3. ^ Matović, D. (25 July 2014). "Tito čovek sa stilom". (in Serbian). Kompanija Novosti. Retrieved 23 September 2020.