Trying to Build an Army: Yugoslavs in South Africa, 1941–1945 Cover Image

Покушај прикупљања војске: Југословени у Јужној Африци 1941–1945.
Trying to Build an Army: Yugoslavs in South Africa, 1941–1945

Author(s): Ivana Božović
Subject(s): Diplomatic history, Military history, Political history, International relations/trade, Military policy, WW II and following years (1940 - 1949)
Published by: Institut za strategijska istraživanja
Keywords: Yugoslav Military Mission; South Africa; South Rhodesia; Cape Town; Major Dusan Babic; Yugoslav General Consul; Yugoslav Aviation Training Course in Johannesburg; World War II;

Summary/Abstract: Yugoslavian civilian and military representatives in South Africa tried to get the approval they needed for the smooth conduct of military issues from the South African and Rhodesian authorities. In May 1942, the Yugoslav Military Mission, based in Cape Town, was formed and its main tasks were gathering volunteers of Yugoslav nationalities among the Italian prisoners, recruitment of Yugoslav subjects of the Union of South Africa, recruitment in South and North Rhodesia, and the relocation of Yugoslav military personnel from other locations to the Union of South Africa. However, according to contemporary reports and statements, the Mission resulted in almost complete failure. In addition to the Yugoslav Military Mission in South Africa, the headquarters of the Yugoslav Air Force training mission, which had previously trained many Yugoslavs, was situated in Johannesburg.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 279-298
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Serbian