Simović, Dušan, 1882-1962

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General, Yugoslav army; prime minister of Yugoslavia, 1941-1942.

From the description of Dušan T. Simović papers, 1941-1962. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754872395

Biographical/Historical Note

  • 28 October 1882: Born in Kragujevac, Serbia
  • 1900: Graduated, Belgrade Military Academy, Yugoslavia
  • 1912 - 1913 : Served in the Balkan wars; promoted to the rank of General Staff Major
  • 1914 - 1918 : Served in World War I; promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel
  • 1918 - 1940 : Delegate of the Serbian Government and the Supreme Command at the National Council of Slovenes, Croats, and Serbs in Zagreb in 1918; devoted his military career to the Air Force
  • 1936 - 1940 : Served as chief of the Air Force and commander-in-chief of the Royal Yugoslav Army
  • 1938 - 1940 : Served as Chief of the General Staff of the Yugoslav Royal Army; forced to resign in 1940 after advocating resistance in case of a German attack
  • 25 March 1941: Tripartite Pact with the Germans signed by Dragiša Cvetković, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, in Vienna
  • 27 March 1941: Led a military coup of Royal Yugoslav officers to overthrow the government of Dragiša Cvetković
  • 1941 - 1942 : Served as Prime Minister and Chief of the General Staff of the Yugoslav Army
  • 13 April 1941: Held the last session of the Royal Yugoslav government in Nikšić, Montenegro
  • 15 April 1941: Escorted King Petar II out of Yugoslavia to safety
  • 1941 April - June 1941 : Served in the Yugoslav government-in-exile in Jerusalem and London
  • 11 January 1942: Dismissed as Prime Minister of Yugoslavia over political disagreements within the exiled Yugoslav government
  • 1943: Retired; joined the "People's Liberation Movement"
  • 1945 - 1946 : Returned to Belgrade; participated as a witness at the trial of Draža Mihailović
  • 1962: Died in Belgrade

From the guide to the Dušan T. Simovic writings, 1941-1962, (Hoover Institution Archives)

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creatorOf Simović, Dušan, 1882-1962. Dušan T. Simović papers, 1941-1962. Stanford University, Hoover Institution Library
referencedIn Dragisa N. Ristic Papers, 1941-1980 Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
creatorOf Dušan T. Simovic writings, 1941-1962 Hoover Institution Archives
creatorOf Ristić, Dragiša Nikola, 1909-. Dragiša Nikola Ristić papers, 1941-1980. Stanford University, Hoover Institution Library
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World War, 1914-1918 Serbia
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945


Birth 1882-10-28

Death 1962-08-26



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