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[edit]

Chief of Staff of the Supreme Command of the Royal Yugoslav Army (1918–1920)[edit]

# Name Image Born–Died Rank Start End Note
1 Živojin Mišić Vojvoda Zivojin Misic.jpg 1855–1921 Field Marshal 1918 1920 Previously served as Chief of the Serbian General Staff

Chiefs of the General Staff of the Royal Yugoslav Armed Forces (1920–1941)[edit]

# Name Image Born–Died Rank Start End Note
1 Živojin Mišić Vojvoda Zivojin Misic.jpg 1855–1921 Field Marshal 1920 1921 Died in office
2 Petar Bojović VojvodaPetarBojovic.jpg 1858–1945 Field Marshal 1921 1921
3 Petar Pešić Петар Пешић.jpg 1871–1944 General 1921 1922 1st Term
Milan Ž. Milovanović Milan Milovanović.jpg 1874–1942 Divisional General 1922 1924 1st Term. Acting Chief of the General Staff. General until 1923
4 Petar Pešić Петар Пешић.jpg 1871–1944 Army General 1924 1928 2nd Term
5 Milan Ž. Milovanović Milan Milovanović.jpg 1874–1942 Army General 1928 1934 2nd Term
6 Milan Nedić Milan Nedić 1939.jpg 1877–1946 Army General 1934 1935
7 Ljubomir Marić Ljubomir Marić.png 1878–1960 Army General 1935 1936
8 Milutin Nedić Milutin Nedić.jpg 1882–1945 Army General 1937 1938 Brother of Milan Nedić
9 Dušan Simović Dušan Simović.jpg 1882–1962 Army General 1938 1940 1st Term
10 Petar Kosić Petar Kosić.jpg 1881–1949 Army General 1940 1941
11 Dušan Simović Dušan Simović.jpg 1882–1962 Army General 1941 1941 2nd Term
Danilo Kalafatović Danilo Kalafatovic.jpg 1875–1946 Army General 1941 1941 Acting Chief of the General Staff

Chief of Staff of the Supreme Command of the Yugoslav Army in the Homeland (1941–1945)[edit]

# Name Image Born–Died Rank Start End Note
1 Dragoljub Mihailović 144 Draza Mihajlovic.jpg 1893–1946 Army General 1942 1944 Chief of Staff of the Supreme Command of the Yugoslav Army in the Homeland

Commander and Chief of the Supreme Staff of the National Liberation Army (1941–1945)[edit]

# Name Image Born–Died Rank Start End Note
1 Josip Broz Tito Josip Broz Tito uniform portrait.jpg 1892–1980 Marshal of Yugoslavia 1941 1945 Commander of the Supreme Staff and Commander-in-Chief of the National Liberation Army and Partisan Detachments of Yugoslavia
2 Arso Jovanović Arso Jovanović 1945.jpg 1907–1948 Lt. General 1941 1945 Chief of the Supreme Staff of the National Liberation Army and Partisan Detachments of Yugoslavia

Chiefs of the General Staff of the Yugoslav People's Army (1945–1992)[edit]

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 Defense (defense minister) headed the Federal Secretariat of People's Defense (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.

# Name Image Born–Died Rank Start End Note
1 Arso Jovanović Arso Jovanović 1945.jpg 1907–1948 Colonel General 1 March 1945 15 September 1948 Killed by border guards while allegedly trying to escape to Romania during the Informbiro
2 Koča Popović Koča Popović.jpg 1908–1992 Colonel General 15 September 1948 27 January 1953 Afterwards served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1953 to 1965
3 Peko Dapčević Peko Dapčević (1944).jpg 1913–1999 Colonel General 27 January 1953 29 April 1955
4 Ljubo Vučković Ljubo Vučković.jpg 1915–1976 Colonel General 29 April 1955 16 June 1961
5 Rade Hamović Rade Hemović.jpg 1916–2009 Colonel General 16 June 1961 15 June 1967
6 Miloš Šumonja No image.png 1918–2006 Colonel General 15 June 1967 5 January 1970
7 Viktor Bubanj Viktor Bubanj Beograd.JPG 1918–1972 Colonel General of the Air Force 5 January 1970 15 October 1972 Died in office
8 Stane Potočar Stane Potočar (1).jpg 1919–1997 Colonel General 15 October 1972 10 July 1979
9 Branko Mamula No image.png 1921– Admiral 10 July 1979 5 May 1982 Afterwards served as the Minister of Defense from 1982 to 1988
10 Petar Gračanin No image.png 1923–2004 Colonel General 5 May 1982 1 September 1985 Later served as the President of the Presidency of Serbia from 1987 to 1989
11 Zorko Čanadi No image.png 1925–2003 Colonel General 1 September 1985 15 September 1987
12 Stevan Mirković No image.png 1927–2015 Colonel General 15 September 1987 29 September 1989
13 Blagoje Adžić No image.png 1932–2012 Colonel General 29 September 1989 27 February 1992
14 Života Panić No image.png 1933–2003 Colonel General 27 February 1992 20 May 1992 Since 20 May 1992 Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Yugoslavia

Chiefs of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Yugoslavia / Serbia and Montenegro (1992–2006)[edit]

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.

# Name Image Born–Died Rank Start End Note
1 Života Panić No image.png 1933–2003 Colonel General 20 May 1992 26 August 1993 Until 20 May 1992 Chief of the General Staff of the Yugoslav People's Army
2 Momčilo Perišić Momčilo Perišić.jpg 1944– Colonel General 26 August 1993 26 November 1998
3 Dragoljub Ojdanić No image.png 1941– Colonel General 26 November 1998 7 February 2000 Afterwards served as the Minister of Defense in 2000
4 Nebojša Pavković No image.png 1946– Colonel General 7 February 2000 24 June 2002
5 Branko Krga No image.png 1945– Colonel General 24 June 2002 23 December 2004 Since 7 March 2003 Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Serbia and Montenegro
6 Dragan Paskaš No image.png 1951– Lt. General 23 December 2004 6 October 2005
7 Ljubiša Jokić No image.png 1958– Lt. General 6 October 2005 3 June 2006 Last Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Serbia and Montenegro

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

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