Peko Dapčević

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Peko Dapčević
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Birth namePetar Dapčević
Born(1913-06-25)June 25, 1913
Ljubotinj, Cetinje, Kingdom of Montenegro
DiedFebruary 10, 1999(1999-02-10) (aged 85)
Belgrade, SR Yugoslavia
AllegianceInternational Brigades
Yugoslav Partisans
Yugoslav People's Army
Years of service1937–1939
RankColonel general
UnitXV International Brigade
First Yugoslav Army
Battles/warsSpanish Civil War
World War II
AwardsOrder of Freedom
Order of the People's Hero
Order of the Hero of Socialist Labour
Order of National Liberation
Order of the War Banner
Order of Kutuzov, 1st class
Order of Suvorov,1st class
Spouse(s)Milena Dapčević

Petar "Peko" Dapčević (25 June 1913 – 10 February 1999) was a famous Montenegrin and Yugoslav communist who fought as a volunteer in the Spanish Civil War, joined the Partisan uprising in Montenegro, and became commander of the Yugoslav 1st and 4th Armies.

General Dapčević led the Partisan troops that, along with Soviet Red Army under General Vladimir Zhdanov, liberated Belgrade on October 20, 1944. He was the first person to be proclaimed as honorary citizen of Belgrade. In 1953 Dapčević was named Chief of the Yugoslav General Staff, but was demoted as a result of being indirectly involved in the Đilas troubles with the party. Born in the village of Ljubotinj (near Cetinje), Kingdom of Montenegro, his father Jovan was an Orthodox deacon. He had one sister Danica Dapčević who was a public teacher, and brothers Milutin - Yugoslavia Kingdom's Military Officer, Dragutin - Major of Yugoslav Armies and Vlado Dapčević - who was a famous revolutionary, dissident and anti-revisionist.

Petar, Dragutin and Vladimir took part in The Anti Fascist Movement since its very beginning until the end of The Second World War.

Petar Dapčević died at the age of 85 in his home in Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Koča Popović
Chief of the General Staff of Yugoslav People's Army
27 January 1953 – 29 April 1955
Succeeded by
Ljubo Vučković
Sporting positions
Preceded by
New position
President of the KK Partizan
1945 – 1947
Succeeded by
Sveta Šaper