Mihajlo Lukić

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Mihajlo Lukić
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Mihajlo Lukić in Royal Yugoslav Army uniform
Born (1886-09-24)24 September 1886
Virje, Croatia-Slavonia, Austria-Hungary
Died July 18, 1961(1961-07-18) (aged 74)
Zagreb, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia
Buried at Mirogoj cemetery, Zagreb, Croatia
Allegiance  Austria-Hungary (until 1918)
 Yugoslavia (1918-1941)
 NDH (1941-1943)
Years of service 1905–1943[1]
Rank General
Battles/wars World War I
World War II in Yugoslavia

Mihajlo Lukić (24 September 1886 – 18 July 1961) was a Croatian general who served in the Austro-Hungarian Army, Royal Yugoslav Army, Croatian Home Guard. He was retired in 1943 due to his disapproval of sending Croat volunteers to the Wehrmacht. After the collapse of the Independent State of Croatia, communist authorities sentenced him to 10 years in prison.

World War II[edit]

At the start of the April War, Lukić headed the Triglav Alpine Detachment. From the establishment of the Independent State of Croatia in April 1941 until June he headed the Osijek Division. From July to October 1941 he headed the Lika Brigade based in Bihać. He also briefly served as liaison officer to the Second Italian Army and was inspector-general of the infantry.

From late 1941 until April 1943 he served as commander of the III Domobran Corps, covering much of the southern Independent State of Croatia. In 1942 he became outspoken against Croatian soldiers joining German units and claimed that German economic interests were outweighing the interests of the new Croatian state.[2] He subsequently retired in 1943.[2]

He was sentenced to ten years imprisonment in Communist Yugoslavia. He is buried at Mirogoj cemetery.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Županić, Sergej (4 April 2011). "General Mihajlo Lukić". Vojna povijest (in Croatian). Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Marijan, Davor. Borbe za Kupres 1942. AGM. Zagreb, 1999.
  3. ^ Mihajlo Lukić, Gradsko groblje