Milan Nedic

Nedic, Milan

 

Born Aug. 20, 1877, in Grocka; died Feb. 4, 1946, in Belgrade. Military and state figure in Yugoslavia; general of the army.

Nedic was commander of a regiment and a brigade of the Serbian Army in World War I (1914–18). He was chief of Main Headquarters and war minister from the late 1930’s to the early 1940’s. He supported the fascist organization Zbor, which conducted Hitlerite propaganda among officers. After the capitulation of the Yugoslav Army (April 1941), Nedic became the head (Aug. 29, 1941) of the Serbian puppet government set up by the fascist German occupation forces. Between 1941 and 1944 the military units of the Nedic government fought together with the fascist occupation forces against the antifascist people’s liberation movement. When Belgrade was liberated from the fascist occupation forces in October 1944, Nedic fled but was later arrested. He committed suicide while under investigation.

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First, when in March 1941 Yugoslavia refused to join the Tripartite Pact (Germany, Italy, and Japan), it was invaded and quickly subdued by the Nazi Germans--a defeat made even more painful by the victors' decision to destroy the country, allocate parts of it to Hungary, Bulgaria, Germany, Romania, and Italy, and establish a rump puppet state under Milan Nedic. Naturally, each of these countries disregarded the needs of the local population and exploited to its advantage the many resources it contained.
Although the author maintains a scholarly tone in these pages, there are already warning signs, such as the omission of any discussion of Chetnik leader Draza Mihailovic's collaboration with the Nazis during World War II or of the collaborationist activities of Serb quisling Milan Nedic or Serb fascist Dimitrije Ljotic.
The primary task of the armed forces under the Serbian president Milan Nedic (the Serb Volunteer Corps) and under General Draza Mihailovic (the chetniks) was to keep low until a propitious time when an uprising against the Germans would make more sense and not cause the total destruction of the nation.