Danilo Kalafatović

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Danilo Kalafatović
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Danilo Kalafatović in 1926
Native name Данило Калафатовић
Born 27 October 1875
Konarevo, Principality of Serbia
Died 1946
Moosburg, Bavaria Allied-occupied Germany
Allegiance  Kingdom of Serbia (1900–1918)
 Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1918–1941)
Years of service 1900–1941
Rank Army General
Commands held Chief of the General Staff
Battles/wars Balkan 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.


Military offices
Preceded by
Dušan Simović
Chief of the General Staff of the Royal Yugoslav Army
Succeeded by
Dušan Simović