World War 2 Events by Country - Yugoslavia


Listing of all day-by-day events of the Second World War related to the nation of Yugoslavia.

World War 2 spanned across language barriers, cultures, and borders as it wreaked havoc around the globe. The conflict was made up of several major theaters - spanning nearly all oceans and continents - which contained many individual campaigns and, within these, key battles and events on both the military and political spectrums. The war was fought with equal fervor and verocity across the land, on the sea (and under it), and in the air as millions of men and women answered the call of their respective flags - or happened to find themselves in the war's path with no option but to fight. In the end, the fractured world opened its eyes to a new order - one that would usher in a whole new trial in the Cold War and lead to the establishment of dozens of independent countries heading towards the end of the century.

There are a total of (11) World War 2 Events by Country - Yugoslavia events in the SecondWorldWarHistory.com database. Entries are listed below by date-of-occurrence ascending (first-to-last). Other leading and trailing events may also be included for perspective.


Day-by-Day Timeline of Events


Thursday, March 21st, 1941

A coup by Yugoslav Air Force personnel overthrows Prince Paul.

Tuesday, March 25th, 1941

Prince Paul of Yugoslavia offers his allegiance to the Axis, signing the Tripartite Pact.

Tuesday, March 25th, 1941

The Yugoslavian government formally signs support for the Axis powers.

Wednesday, March 26th, 1941

In Berlin, Hitler reportedly tells his high level officers "I have decided to destroy Yugoslavia".

Thursday, March 27th, 1941

Prince Paul of Yugoslavia is forceably removed from power via a coup led by Bora Mirkovic and Dusan Simovic. Simovic is installed as the new ruler of Yugoslavia and quickly makes an effort to break Yugoslavia's commitment to the Tripartite Pact with the Axis.

Sunday, March 31st, 1941

Recent unrest in Yugoslavia forces the Germans to draw up plans of the invasion of Yugoslavia by way of Directive Number 25.

Sunday, April 6th, 1941

Operation Marita - the dual Germany invasion of Greece and Yugoslavia - is put into action. Twenty-four total divisions are involved, including some 1200 tanks.

Tuesday, April 8th, 1941

A massive German bombing raid on the Yugoslavian capital city of Belgrade nets over 300,000 civilian casualties.

Saturday, April 12th, 1941

German forces launching from Romania, Austria, Hungary and Bulgaria along with an Italian contigent from Albania capture and secure the Yugoslavian capital of Belgrade.

Monday, April 14th, 1941

The German Army destroys Yugoslavian forces at Monistar Gap, clearing a path into Greece. Greece units fighting in Albania are effectively cut off.

Thursday, April 17th, 1941

Yugoslavian leadership, along with the army, surrenders to the Germans.



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