War Plans of the Royal Yugoslav Army (Army of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes), 1922-1938 Cover Image

Ратни планови војске Краљевине СХС/Југославије 1922-1938.
War Plans of the Royal Yugoslav Army (Army of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes), 1922-1938

Author(s): Dalibor Velojić
Subject(s): Military history, Interwar Period (1920 - 1939)
Published by: Institut za strategijska istraživanja

Summary/Abstract: Yugoslavia was surrounded after World War I by revisionary neighboring countries that were dissatisfied with the decisions of post-war peace treaty conferences. The greatest threat was posed by Italy, which claimed the right to Balkan territories which had been promised to it by the London Peace Treaty. During the early post-war years, Italy established a protectorate over Albania, replacing the influence of Yugoslavia there. At the same time, Hungary and Bulgaria, countries that had lost the war, were creating armies far bigger than permitted by the treaties. Under these circumstances, and as confirmed by respective war plans, there existed the possibility of conflict with numerous bordering nations. At first, the plans projected war with individual countries, only to take other combinations into consideration, as a result of the increasing military strength in the Balkans. Plans were developed considering the basic idea of military alliances with countries from the Little and Balkan entantes, but also with larger nations and forces bent on enforcing the decisions of the Treaty of Versailles. These war plans were mainly aimed at the neutralization of weaker neighbors, in order to redirect the main forces towards a possible conflict with Italy.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 46-70
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: Serbian