Chief of the General Staff (Yugoslavia)

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This is a list of the Chiefs of the General Staff of the Royal Yugoslav Army from 1918 to 1945, 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)

Chief of Staff of the Supreme Command Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
1
Živojin Mišić
Mišić, ŽivojinField Marshal
Živojin Mišić
(1855–1921)
[a]
1 December 1918 5 May 1920 1 year, 156 days Royal Army

Royal Yugoslav Armed Forces (1920–1941)

Chief of the General Staff Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
1
Živojin Mišić
Mišić, ŽivojinField Marshal
Živojin Mišić
(1855–1921)
5 May 1920 20 January 1921† 260 days Royal Army
Petar Pešić
Pešić, PetarGeneral
Petar Pešić
(1871–1944)
Acting
21 January 1921 10 March 1921 48 days Royal Army
2
Petar Bojović
Bojović, PetarField Marshal
Petar Bojović
(1858–1945)
10 March 1921 8 December 1921 273 days Royal Army
3
Petar Pešić
Pešić, PetarGeneral
Petar Pešić
(1871–1944)
8 December 1921 4 November 1922 331 days Royal Army
Milan Ž. Milovanović
Ž. Milovanović, MilanDivisional General
Milan Ž. Milovanović
(1874–1942)
Acting
[b]
4 November 1922 30 July 1924 1 year, 269 days Royal Army
(3)
Petar Pešić
Pešić, PetarArmy General
Petar Pešić
(1871–1944)
30 July 1924 11 April 1929 4 years, 255 days Royal Army
4
Milan Ž. Milovanović
Ž. Milovanović, MilanArmy General
Milan Ž. Milovanović
(1874–1942)
11 April 1929 18 April 1934 5 years, 7 days Royal Army
Petar Kosić
Kosić, PetarDivisional General
Petar Kosić
(1881–1949)
Acting
18 April 1934 1 June 1934 44 days Royal Army
5
Milan Nedić
Nedić, MilanArmy General
Milan Nedić
(1877–1946)
[c]
1 June 1934 9 March 1935 281 days Royal Army
Petar Kosić
Kosić, PetarDivisional General
Petar Kosić
(1881–1949)
Acting
10 March 1935 12 May 1935 63 days Royal Army
6
Ljubomir Marić
Marić, LjubomirArmy General
Ljubomir Marić
(1878–1960)
12 May 1935 8 March 1936 301 days Royal Army
Petar Kosić
Kosić, PetarDivisional General
Petar Kosić
(1881–1949)
Acting
8 March 1936 6 September 1936 182 days Royal Army
Milutin Nedić
Nedić, MilutinDivisional General
Milutin Nedić
(1882–1945)
Acting
[d]
6 September 1936 6 September 1937 1 year, 0 days Royal Army
7
Milutin Nedić
Nedić, MilutinArmy General
Milutin Nedić
(1882–1945)
[d]
6 September 1937 25 August 1938 353 days Royal Army
Mihailo Bodi
Bodi, MihailoDivisional General
Mihailo Bodi
(1884–1953)
Acting
25 August 1938 15 September 1938 21 days Royal Army
8
Dušan Simović
Simović, DušanArmy General
Dušan Simović
(1882–1962)
15 September 1938 3 January 1940 1 year, 110 days Royal Air Force
9
Petar Kosić
Kosić, PetarArmy General
Petar Kosić
(1881–1949)
3 January 1940 27 March 1941 1 year, 83 days Royal Army
(8)
Dušan Simović
Simović, DušanArmy General
Dušan Simović
(1882–1962)
27 March 1941 14 April 1941 18 days Royal Air Force
Danilo Kalafatović
Kalafatović, DaniloDivisional General
Danilo Kalafatović
(1875–1946)
Acting
15 April 1941 17 April 1941 2 days Royal Army

Yugoslav Army in the Homeland (1941–1945)

Chief of Staff of the Supreme Command Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
1
Dragoljub Mihailović
Mihailović, DragoljubArmy General
Dragoljub Mihailović
(1893–1946)
1942 1944 2 years JVuO

National Liberation Army (1941–1945)

Commander and Chief of the Supreme Staff Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
N/A
Josip Broz Tito
Tito, Josip BrozMarshal of Yugoslavia
Josip Broz Tito
(1892–1980)
[e]
1941 1945 4 years NOV i POJ
N/A
Arso Jovanović
Jovanović, ArsoLieutenant General
Arso Jovanović
(1907–1948)
[f]
1941 1945 4 years NOV i POJ

Yugoslav People's Army (1945–1992)

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.

Chief of the General Staff Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
1
Arso Jovanović
Jovanović, ArsoColonel General
Arso Jovanović
(1907–1948)
[g]
1 March 1945 15 September 1945 3 years, 198 days KoV JNA.JPG
Ground Forces
2
Koča Popović
Popović, KočaColonel General
Koča Popović
(1908–1992)
[h]
15 September 1945 27 January 1953 4 years, 134 days KoV JNA.JPG
Ground Forces
3
Peko Dapčević
Dapčević, PekoColonel General
Peko Dapčević
(1913–1999)
27 January 1953 29 April 1955 2 years, 92 days KoV JNA.JPG
Ground Forces
4
Ljubo Vučković
Vučković, LjuboColonel General
Ljubo Vučković
(1915–1976)
29 April 1955 16 June 1961 6 years, 48 days KoV JNA.JPG
Ground Forces
5
Rade Hamović
Hamović, RadeColonel General
Rade Hamović
(1916–2009)
16 June 1961 15 June 1967 5 years, 364 days KoV JNA.JPG
Ground Forces
6
Miloš Šumonja
Šumonja, MilošColonel General
Miloš Šumonja
(1918–2006)
15 June 1967 5 January 1970 2 years, 204 days KoV JNA.JPG
Ground Forces
7
Viktor Bubanj
Bubanj, ViktorColonel General
Viktor Bubanj
(1918–1972)
5 January 1970 15 October 1972† 2 years, 284 days Jrvpvo.gif
Air Force
8
Stane Potočar
Potočar, StaneColonel General
Stane Potočar
(1919–1997)
15 October 1972 10 July 1979 6 years, 268 days KoV JNA.JPG
Ground Forces
9
Branko Mamula
Mamula, BrankoAdmiral
Branko Mamula
(born 1921)
[i]
10 July 1979 5 May 1982 2 years, 299 days Seal of the Yugoslav Navy.svg
Navy
10
Petar Gračanin
Gračanin, PetarColonel General
Petar Gračanin
(1923–2004)
[j]
5 May 1982 1 September 1985 3 years, 119 days KoV JNA.JPG
Ground Forces
11
Zorko Čanadi
Čanadi, ZorkoColonel General
Zorko Čanadi
(1925–2003)
1 September 1985 15 September 1987 2 years, 14 days KoV JNA.JPG
Ground Forces
12
Stevan Mirković
Mirković, StevanColonel General
Stevan Mirković
(1927–2015)
15 September 1987 29 September 1989 2 years, 14 days KoV JNA.JPG
Ground Forces
13
Blagoje Adžić
Adžić, BlagojeColonel General
Blagoje Adžić
(1932–2012)
29 September 1989 27 February 1992 2 years, 151 days KoV JNA.JPG
Ground Forces
14
Života Panić
Panić, ŽivotaColonel General
Života Panić
(1933–2003)
[k]
27 February 1992 20 May 1992 83 days KoV JNA.JPG
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.

Chief of the General Staff Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
1
Života Panić
Panić, ŽivotaColonel General
Života Panić
(1933–2003)
[l]
20 May 1992 26 August 1993 1 year, 98 days Ground Forces
2
Momčilo Perišić
Perišić, MomčiloColonel General
Momčilo Perišić
(born 1944)
26 August 1993 26 November 1998 5 years, 92 days Ground Forces
3
Dragoljub Ojdanić
Ojdanić, DragoljubColonel General
Dragoljub Ojdanić
(born 1941)
[m]
26 November 1998 7 February 2000 1 year, 73 days Ground Forces
4
Nebojša Pavković
Pavković, NebojšaColonel General
Nebojša Pavković
(born 1946)
7 February 2000 24 June 2002 2 years, 137 days Ground Forces
5
Branko Krga
Krga, BrankoColonel General
Branko Krga
(born 1945)
[n]
24 June 2002 23 December 2004 2 years, 182 days Ground Forces
6
Dragan Paskaš
Paskaš, DraganLieutenant General
Dragan Paskaš
(born 1951)
23 December 2004 6 October 2005 287 days Ground Forces
7
Ljubiša Jokić
Jokić, LjubišaLieutenant General
Ljubiša Jokić
(born 1958)
6 October 2005 3 June 2006 240 days Ground Forces

Headquarters (1965–1999)

Standards

See also

Notes

  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. ^ Commander of the Supreme Staff and Commander-in-Chief of the NOV i POJ
  6. ^ Chief of the Supreme Staff of the NOV i POJ
  7. ^ Killed by border guards while allegedly trying to escape to Romania during the Informbiro
  8. ^ Afterwards served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1953 to 1965
  9. ^ Afterwards served as the Minister of Defence from 1982 to 1988
  10. ^ Later served as the President of the Presidency of Serbia from 1987 to 1989
  11. ^ Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Yugoslavia from 20 May 1992
  12. ^ Chief of the General Staff of the Yugoslav People's Army until 20 May 1992
  13. ^ Afterwards served as the Minister of Defence in 2000
  14. ^ 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, Ivetić Velimir, Belgrade 2000.
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