Chief of the General Staff (Czechoslovakia)

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The Chief of the General Staff of Czechoslovakia refers to the Chief of the General Staff of the Czechoslovak Army, from the creation of the First Czechoslovak Republic in 1918 until the dissolution of the Czech and Slovak Federative Republic in 1992.

List of chiefs of the general staff

Chiefs of the Main Staff of the Czechoslovak Armed Forces (1919–1939)

Chiefs of the Main Staff Took office Left office Time in office
1
Maurice Pellé
Pellé, MauriceDivisional General
Maurice Pellé
(1863–1924)
17 December 1919 31 December 1920 1 year, 14 days
2
Eugène Mittelhauser
Pellé, MauriceDivisional General
Eugène Mittelhauser
(1873–1949)
1 January 1921 31 December 1925 4 years, 364 days
3
Jan Syrový
Syrový, JanGeneral of the Army
Jan Syrový
(1888–1970)
[a]
1 January 1926 11 November 1933 7 years, 314 days
4
Ludvík Krejčí (cs)
Syrový, JanGeneral of the Army
Ludvík Krejčí (cs)
(1890–1972)
11 November 1933 23 September 1938 4 years, 316 days
5
Vladimír Kajdoš (cs)
Kajdoš, VladimírBrigadier General
Vladimír Kajdoš (cs)
(1893–1970)
23 September 1938 4 October 1938 11 days
4
Ludvík Krejčí (cs)
Syrový, JanGeneral of the Army
Ludvík Krejčí (cs)
(1890–1972)
20 December 1938 1 March 1939 71 days

Commander-in-Chief of the Czechoslovak Armed Forces (1938)

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Took office Left office Time in office
1
Ludvík Krejčí (cs)
Syrový, JanGeneral of the Army
Ludvík Krejčí (cs)
(1890–1972)
23 September 1938 20 December 1938 88 days

Chief of Staff of the Czechoslovak military administration (France, 1940)

Chief of Staff Took office Left office Time in office
1
Bedřich Neumann (cs)
Neumann, BedřichBrigadier General
Bedřich Neumann (cs)
(1891–1964)
1 February 1940 12 June 1940 88 days

Chiefs of Staff of the Ministry of National Defense (United Kingdom, 1940–1945)

Chief of Staff Took office Left office Time in office
1
Jaroslav Čihák
Čihák, JaroslavBrigadier General
Jaroslav Čihák
(1891–1944)
23 July 1940 13 January 1941 174 days
2
Bruno Sklenovský
Sklenovský, BrunoBrigadier General
Bruno Sklenovský
(1893–1957)
13 January 1941 12 April 1945 4 years, 89 days

Commanders-in-Chief of the Czechoslovak Armed Forces (United Kingdom, 1944–1945)

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Took office Left office Time in office
1
Sergej Ingr
Ingr, SergejGeneral of the Army
Sergej Ingr
(1894–1956)
19 September 1944 5 April 1945 198 days
2
Ludvík Svoboda
Svoboda, LudvíkGeneral of the Army
Ludvík Svoboda
(1895–1979)
12 April 1945 31 December 1945 263 days

Chiefs of the Main Staff of the Czechoslovak Armed Forces (1945–1950)

Chief of the Main Staff Took office Left office Time in office
1
Bohumil Boček (cs)
Boček, BohumilGeneral of the Army
Bohumil Boček (cs)
(1894–1952)
12 April 1945 1 August 1948 3 years, 142 days
2
Šimon Drgáč (cs)
Drgáč, ŠimonGeneral of the Army
Šimon Drgáč (cs)
(1892–1980)
1 August 1948 26 April 1950 1 year, 237 days

Chief of the General Staff of the Czechoslovak Army (1950–1952)

Chief of the General Staff Took office Left office Time in office
1
Jaroslav Procházka
Procházka, JaroslavGeneral of the Army
Jaroslav Procházka
(1897–1980)
26 April 1950 31 January 1952 1 year, 280 days

Chiefs of the General Staff of the Czechoslovak People's Army (1952–1991)

Chief of the General Staff Took office Left office Time in office
1
Václav Kratochvíl
Kratochvíl, VáclavColonel General
Václav Kratochvíl
(1903–1988)
31 January 1952 28 July 1958 6 years, 178 days
2
Otakar Rytíř (cs)
Kratochvíl, VáclavGeneral of the Army
Otakar Rytíř (cs)
(1913–1979)
28 July 1958 19 April 1968 9 years, 266 days
3
Karel Rusov (cs)
Rusov, KarelColonel General
Karel Rusov (cs)
(1924–2013)
19 April 1968 26 November 1979 11 years, 221 days
4
Miloslav Blahník (cs)
Blahník, MiloslavColonel General
Miloslav Blahník (cs)
(born 1927)
26 November 1979 13 October 1987 7 years, 321 days
5
Miroslav Vacek (cs)
Vacek, MiroslavColonel General
Miroslav Vacek (cs)
(born 1935)
13 October 1987 27 December 1989 2 years, 75 days
6
Anton Slimák
Slimák, AntonLieutenant General
Anton Slimák
(born 1941)
27 December 1989 1 May 1991 1 year, 125 days

Chief of the General Staff of the Czechoslovak Army (1991–1992)

Chief of the General Staff Took office Left office Time in office
1
Karel Pezl (cs)
Procházka, JaroslavLieutenant General
Karel Pezl (cs)
(born 1927)
1 May 1991 31 December 1992 1 year, 244 days

Trivia

The first two Chiefs of the General Staff of Czechoslovakia were French, as the General Staff was founded by the French Military Mission to Czechoslovakia.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Also served as the Minister of Defence from 18 March 1926 to 11 October 1926.

External links

  • Chiefs of the General Staff of Czechoslovakia 1919–1992
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