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STRADALI PRIPADNICI VOJSKE KRALJEVINE JUGOSLAVIJE
CASUALTIES AMONG THE MEMBERS OF ROYAL YUGOSLAV ARMY

Author(s): Dragan Cvetković
Subject(s): History
Published by: Institut za savremenu istoriju, Beograd
Keywords: Army of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia; Yugoslavia; Casualties; WWII

Summary/Abstract: Heretofore, historiography collected few data about casualties of the Army of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. This paper has been written on the basis of the results of the War Casualties Census 1941–1945, organized in 1964.The analysis of that census shows that Royal Yugoslav Army has lost 10.386 members. That is 1,74% of all registered casualties on Yugoslav territory. Out of all its casualties Royal Army 46,44% (4.823)lost lives in military operations during April 1941,while the 53,56% (5563) lost lives as the prisoners of war. The most of these victims came from the central Serbia:44,01% (4571)of all, although there lived only 25,60% of Yugoslav inhabitants. As for the national structure, 72,28% (7507)these victims were Serbs, while the percentage of Serbs in population was 41,14%. The Serbs made 66,10% of casualties in the April war, and 77,62% of killed POW. he analysis of the way of dying shows that during April war 91,31% died in action, while 4,91% were executed. Among prisoners, 52,51% died,while 26,64% were executed. It was estimated that this census encompassed around56 to 59% of total casualties. According to this estimation, the total number of Royal Army casualties was somewhere between 8157 and 8.613 in the April war and between 9.429 and 9.934 in prisoner’s camps, totally between 17.604 and 18.547.

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 08
  • Page Count: 1
  • Language: Serbian