Chief of the General Staff (Yugoslavia)
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Chief of the General Staff Yugoslavia

Chief of the General Staff
Serbo-Croatian: Na?elnik General?taba/
Slovene: Na?elnik General?taba
Macedonian: ?
Standard of the Chief of the General Staff of the Army of Yugoslavia (1995-2003).svg
Standard of the Chief of the General Staff (1995-2003)
Stane Poto?ar (1972).jpg
Longest in office
Colonel General Stane Poto?ar

15 October 1972 - 10 July 1979
Royal Yugoslav Army (1918-1941)
 Yugoslav People's Army (1945-1992)
Armed Forces of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006)
TypeChief of staff
AbbreviationNG?
Member ofGeneral Staff
Reports toMinister of Defence of Yugoslavia
SeatYugoslav Ministry of Defence building, Belgrade (1965-1999)
AppointerHead of state of Yugoslavia (1918-1992)
President of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006)
Term lengthNo fixed length
PrecursorChief of the Serbian General Staff
Formation1 December 1918
First holderVojvoda ?ivojin Mi?i?
Final holderLieutenant General Ljubi?a Joki?
Abolished3 June 2006
SuccessionChairman of the Chiefs of Joint Staff (BiH)
Chief of the General Staff (Croatia)
Chief of the General Staff (North Macedonia)
Chief of the General Staff (Montenegro)
Chief of the Serbian General Staff
Chief of the General Staff (Slovenia)
Commander of Kosovo Security Force
DeputyDeputy Chief of the General Staff

The Chief of the General Staff of Yugoslavia refers of the chief of the General Staff of the Royal Yugoslav Army from 1918 to 1941, the Yugoslav People's Army from 1945 to 1992 and the Armed Forces of Serbia and Montenegro (officially named the Armed Forces of Yugoslavia between 1992 and 2003) from 1992 to 2006.

List of chiefs of the general staff

+ denotes people who died in office.

Royal Yugoslav Army (1918-1920)

No. Portrait Chief of Staff of the Supreme Command Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
1
?ivojin Mi?i?
Mi?i?, ?ivojinVojvoda
?ivojin Mi?i?
(1855-1921)
[a]
1 December 19185 May 19201 year, 156 daysRoyal Army

Royal Yugoslav Armed Forces (1920-1941)

No. Portrait Chief of the General Staff Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
1
?ivojin Mi?i?
Mi?i?, ?ivojinVojvoda
?ivojin Mi?i?
(1855-1921)
5 May 192020 January 1921 +260 daysRoyal Army
-
Petar Pe?i?
Pe?i?, PetarGeneral
Petar Pe?i?
(1871-1944)
Acting
21 January 192110 March 192148 daysRoyal Army
2
Petar Bojovi?
Bojovi?, PetarVojvoda
Petar Bojovi?
(1858-1945)
10 March 19218 December 1921273 daysRoyal Army
3
Petar Pe?i?
Pe?i?, PetarGeneral
Petar Pe?i?
(1871-1944)
8 December 19214 November 1922331 daysRoyal Army
-
Milan ?. Milovanovi?
Milovanovi?, Milan ?.General
(when appointed)
Divisional general
(since 1923)
Milan ?. Milovanovi?
(1874-1942)
Acting
4 November 192230 July 19241 year, 269 daysRoyal Army
(3)
Petar Pe?i?
Pe?i?, PetarArmy general
Petar Pe?i?
(1871-1944)
30 July 192411 April 19294 years, 255 daysRoyal Army
4
Milan ?. Milovanovi?
Milovanovi?, Milan ?.Army general
Milan ?. Milovanovi?
(1874-1942)
11 April 192918 April 19345 years, 7 daysRoyal Army
-
Petar Kosi?
Kosi?, PetarDivisional general
Petar Kosi?
(1881-1949)
Acting
18 April 19341 June 193444 daysRoyal Army
5
Milan Nedi?
Nedi?, MilanArmy general
Milan Nedi?
(1877-1946)
[b]
1 June 19349 March 1935281 daysRoyal Army
-
Petar Kosi?
Kosi?, PetarDivisional general
Petar Kosi?
(1881-1949)
Acting
10 March 193512 May 193563 daysRoyal Army
6
Ljubomir Mari?
Mari?, LjubomirArmy general
Ljubomir Mari?
(1878-1960)
12 May 19358 March 1936301 daysRoyal Army
-
Petar Kosi?
Kosi?, PetarDivisional general
Petar Kosi?
(1881-1949)
Acting
8 March 19366 September 1936182 daysRoyal Army
-
Milutin Nedi?
Nedi?, MilutinDivisional general
Milutin Nedi?
(1882-1945)
Acting
[c]
6 September 19366 September 19371 year, 0 daysRoyal Army
7
Milutin Nedi?
Nedi?, MilutinArmy general
Milutin Nedi?
(1882-1945)
[c]
6 September 193725 August 1938353 daysRoyal Army
-
Mihailo Bodi
Bodi, MihailoDivisional general
Mihailo Bodi
(1884-1953)
Acting
25 August 193815 September 193821 daysRoyal Army
8
Du?an Simovi?
Simovi?, Du?anArmy general
Du?an Simovi?
(1882-1962)
15 September 19383 January 19401 year, 110 daysEmblem of the Royal Yugoslav Army Air Force.png
Royal Air Force
9
Petar Kosi?
Kosi?, PetarArmy general
Petar Kosi?
(1881-1949)
[d]
3 January 194027 March 19411 year, 83 daysRoyal Army
(8)
Du?an Simovi?
Simovi?, Du?anArmy general
Du?an Simovi?
(1882-1962)
27 March 194114 April 194118 daysEmblem of the Royal Yugoslav Army Air Force.png
Royal Air Force
-
Danilo Kalafatovi?
Kalafatovi?, DaniloArmy general
Danilo Kalafatovi?
(1875-1946)
Acting
15 April 194117 April 19412 daysRoyal Army

Yugoslav Army outside the Homeland (1941-1942)

No. Portrait Chief of Staff of the Supreme Command Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
1
Miodrag Lozi?
Lozi?, MiodragLieutenant Colonel
Miodrag Lozi?
194119420-1 yearsJVvO

Yugoslav Army in the Homeland (1942-1945)

No. Portrait Chief of Staff of the Supreme Command Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
1
Dragoljub Mihailovi?
Mihailovi?, DragoljubArmy General
Dragoljub Mihailovi?
(1893-1946)
194219441-2 years JVuO
2
Miodrag Damnjanovi?
Damnjanovi?, MiodragBrigadier General
Miodrag Damnjanovi?
(1893-1956)
194419450-1 years JVuO

National Liberation Army (1941-1945)

No. Portrait Name Took office Left office Time in office Party Defence branch
N/A
Josip Broz Tito
Tito, 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 daysSKJ NOV i POJ
N/A
Arso Jovanovi?
Jovanovi?, ArsoLieutenant General
Arso Jovanovi?
(1907-1948)
Chief of the Supreme Headquarters
12 December 19411 March 19453 years, 79 daysSKJ NOV i POJ

Yugoslav People's Army (1945-1992)

The Chief of the General Staff (Serbo-Croatian: Na?elnik General?taba - NG?; - ; Macedonian: ?; Slovene: Na?elnik General?taba) 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. Portrait Chief of the General Staff Took office Left office Time in office Party Defence branch
1
Arso Jovanovi?
Jovanovi?, ArsoColonel General
Arso Jovanovi?
(1907-1948)
[e]
1 March 194515 September 1945198 daysSKJ Ground Forces
2
Ko?a Popovi?
Popovi?, Ko?aColonel General
Ko?a Popovi?
(1908-1992)
[f]
15 September 194527 January 19534 years, 134 daysSKJ Ground Forces
3
Peko Dap?evi?
Dap?evi?, PekoColonel General
Peko Dap?evi?
(1913-1999)
27 January 195329 April 19552 years, 92 daysSKJ Ground Forces
4
Ljubo Vu?kovi?
Vu?kovi?, LjuboColonel General
Ljubo Vu?kovi?
(1915-1976)
29 April 195516 June 19616 years, 48 daysSKJ Ground Forces
5
Rade Hamovi?
Hamovi?, RadeColonel General
Rade Hamovi?
(1916-2009)
16 June 196115 June 19675 years, 364 daysSKJ Ground Forces
6
Milo? ?umonja
?umonja, Milo?Colonel General
Milo? ?umonja
(1918-2006)
15 June 19675 January 19702 years, 204 daysSKJ Ground Forces
7
Viktor Bubanj
Bubanj, ViktorColonel General
Viktor Bubanj
(1918-1972)
5 January 197015 October 1972 +2 years, 284 daysSKJ Air Force
8
Stane Poto?ar
Poto?ar, StaneColonel General
Stane Poto?ar
(1919-1997)
15 October 197210 July 19796 years, 268 daysSKJ Ground Forces
9
Branko Mamula
Mamula, BrankoAdmiral
Branko Mamula
(born 1921)
[g]
10 July 19795 May 19822 years, 299 daysSKJ Navy
10
Petar Gra?anin
Gra?anin, PetarColonel General
Petar Gra?anin
(1923-2004)
[h]
5 May 19821 September 19853 years, 119 daysSKJ Ground Forces
11
Zorko ?anadi
?anadi, ZorkoColonel General
Zorko ?anadi
(1925-2003)
1 September 198515 September 19872 years, 14 daysSKJ Ground Forces
12
Stevan Mirkovi?
Mirkovi?, StevanColonel General
Stevan Mirkovi?
(1927-2015)
15 September 198729 September 19892 years, 14 daysSKJ Ground Forces
13
Blagoje Ad?i?
Ad?i?, BlagojeColonel General
Blagoje Ad?i?
(1932-2012)
29 September 198927 February 19922 years, 151 daysSKJ Ground Forces
14
?ivota Pani?
Pani?, ?ivotaColonel General
?ivota Pani?
(1933-2003)
[i]
27 February 199220 May 199283 daysIndependent Ground Forces

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

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. Portrait Chief of the General Staff Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
1
?ivota Pani?
Pani?, ?ivotaColonel General
?ivota Pani?
(1933-2003)
[j]
20 May 199226 August 19931 year, 98 daysGround Forces
2
Mom?ilo Peri?i?
Peri?i?, Mom?iloColonel General
Mom?ilo Peri?i?
(born 1944)
26 August 199326 November 19985 years, 92 daysGround Forces
3
Dragoljub Ojdani?
Ojdani?, DragoljubColonel General
Dragoljub Ojdani?
(1941-2020)
[k]
26 November 19987 February 20001 year, 73 daysGround Forces
4
Neboj?a Pavkovi?
Pavkovi?, Neboj?aColonel General
Neboj?a Pavkovi?
(born 1946)
7 February 200024 June 20022 years, 137 daysGround Forces
5
Branko Krga
Krga, BrankoColonel General
Branko Krga
(born 1945)
[l]
24 June 200223 December 20042 years, 182 daysGround Forces
6
Dragan Paska?
Paska?, DraganLieutenant General
Dragan Paska?
(born 1951)
23 December 20046 October 2005287 daysGround Forces
7
Ljubi?a Joki?
Joki?, Ljubi?aLieutenant General
Ljubi?a Joki?
(born 1958)
6 October 20053 June 2006240 days Air Force

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Previously served as Chief of the Serbian General Staff.
  2. ^ Later served as the Prime Minister of the Government of National Salvation from 1941 to 1944.
  3. ^ a b Brother of Milan Nedi?.
  4. ^ Removed from office in the Yugoslav coup d'état.
  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 SR 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.

Sources

  • Chief of the General Staff: 1876-2000, Iveti? Velimir, Belgrade 2000.

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