Danilo Kalafatović

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Danilo Kalafatović
Danilo Kalafatović.jpg
Danilo Kalafatović in 1926
Native name
Данило Калафатовић
Born27 October 1875
Konarevo, Principality of Serbia
Moosburg, Bavaria, Allied-occupied Germany
Allegiance Kingdom of Serbia (1900–1918)
 Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1918–1941)
Years of service1900–1941
RankArmy General
Commands heldChief of the General Staff
Battles/warsBalkan Wars
World War I
World War II: Invasion of Yugoslavia (1941) (POW)

Danilo Kalafatović (Serbian Cyrillic: Данило Калафатовић; 27 October 1875–1946) was a military officer who served in the armies of the Kingdom of Serbia and Kingdom of Yugoslavia during the first half of the 20th century. During the Second World War, he was briefly Chief of the General Staff and Supreme Commander of Yugoslavia.

At the end of World War I, Kalafatović became head of the operational section of the Serbian general staff.[1]

During the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia, on 13 April 1941 General Kalafatović was named Chief of the General Staff of the Royal Yugoslav Army by King Peter II,[2] succeeding General Dušan Simović.[3] Following the defeat of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Kalafatović designated Foreign Minister Aleksandar Cincar-Marković and General Radivoje Janković to sign the unconditional surrender of the country to the Axis powers.[2] He died in 1945 in Moosburg, Allied-occupied Germany.[1]


  1. ^ a b Levental 1992, p. 107.
  2. ^ a b Cohen 1996, p. 29.
  3. ^ Vucinich 1969, p. 72.


  • Cohen, Philip J. (1996). Serbia's Secret War: Propaganda and the Deceit of History. College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press. ISBN 978-0-89096-760-7.
  • Levental, Zdenko (1992). Rodolphe Archibald Reiss: criminaliste et moraliste de la Grande guerre [Rodolphe Archibald Reiss: Criminal and Moralist of the Great War] (in French). Paris: L'age D'homme. ISBN 978-2-8251-0197-1.
  • Vucinich, Wayne S. (1969). Contemporary Yugoslavia: Twenty Years of Socialist Experiment. Berkeley, California: University of California Press.
Military offices
Preceded by
Dušan Simović
Chief of the General Staff of the Royal Yugoslav Army
Succeeded by
Dušan Simović