By saying "No!"
- straight to Hitler's face the Serbs made a decisive contribution to the
defeat of Nazis in World War II.
Serbian bravery and the World reaction
... Events force me to give you by this
quickest means my estimation of the situation and the consequences which
may result from it.
From the beginning I have regarded Yugoslavia
as a dangerous factor... For this reason I
have done everything honestly TO BRING YUGOSLAVIA INTO OUR [New World Order]
... Unfortunately these endeavors did not
meet with success... Today's reports leave no doubt as the imminent turn
in the foreign policy of Yugoslavia.
Therefore I have already arranged for all
necessary measures... with MILITARY MEANS. Now, I would cordially request
you, Duce, not to undertake any further operations in Albania in the course
of the next few days. I consider it necessary that you should cover and
screen the most important passes from Yugoslavia into Albania with all
I have no doubt that we will both achieve
a success no less than the success in Norway a year ago. This is my unshaken
Accept my heartfelt and friendly greetings,
The above Hitler's letter was wired to Mussolini,
the night of the coup in Belgrade, March 27, 1941.
The quote comes from: William L. Shirer: "The
rise and fall of the Third Reich" pages 825, 826
Thomas Emmert, "Serbian
Golghota: Kosovo, 1389", page 140.
New York, 1990
On the streets of Belgrade and several other cities, exuberant crowds chanted,
"Bolje rat nego pakt!" and "Bolje grob nego rob!" ("Better
war than pact (with Hitler)! Better graves than slaves!")
[Serbian spiritual leader] Patriarch
Gavrilo, who had been staunchly against the signing, clearly
saw the coup in terms of the EPIC TRADITION. On the radio he said,
"Before our nation in these days the question of our fate again presents
itself. This morning at dawn the question received its answer. We
chose the HEAVENLY KINGDOM - the kingdom of truth, justice, national strength,
and FREEDOM. That eternal idea is carried in the hearts of all Serbs, preserved
in these shrines of our churches, and written on our banners."
Dr. Edmond Paris "Genocide in Satellite
(Chicago, 1961) page 43:
These proud words were pronounced by the Patriarch Gavrilo: "IF
WE ARE TO LIVE, LET US LIVE IN LIBERTY, AND IF WE ARE TO DIE LET US DIE
"MEMOIRS of the Second World War,
an abridgment of the six volumes of The Second World War",
Bonanza Books, New York, 1978
Few revolutions have gone more smoothly. There was no bloodshed...
The plan had been made and executed by a close band of Serb nationalist
officers who had identified themselves with the true public mood. Their
action let loose an outburst of popular enthusiasm. The streets of Belgrade
were soon thronged with Serbs, chanting,
"Rather war than the pact;
rather death than slavery."
Winston S. Churchill,
"The Second World War",
Vol. 3: "The Grand Alliance", page 148,
Early this morning the Yugoslav nation
found its soul. A revolution has taken place in Belgrade,
and the Ministers who but yesterday signed away the honor and freedom of
the country are reported to be under arrest. This patriotic movement arises
from the wrath of valiant and warlike race at the betrayal of their country
by the weakest of their rulers and the foul intriguers of the Axis Powers.
Such were the words when Britain needed
Dr. Edmond Paris "Genocide in Satellite
(Chicago, 1961) page 49:
...Among leading Serbs arrested during the first days of the [Nazi] occupation
[was] the Serbian Orthodox Patriarch, Dr. Gavrilo Dozic... [He was] taken
to Dachau where [he was] interned until the end of the war.
After Yugoslavia was crushed and butchered
by the New World Order of 1941:
William L. Shirer: "The rise and fall
of the Third Reich" pg. 828
"We were all stunned by that coup, carried through by a handful of
bribed conspirators... You will understand, gentlemen, that when I heard
this I at once gave orders to attack Yugoslavia. TO
TREAT THE GERMAN REICH IN THIS WAY IS IMPOSSIBLE...
He is the most bloodthirsty or amateurish
strategist in history... For over five years this man has been chasing
around Europe like a madman in search of something that he could set on
fire... As a soldier he is a bad politician and equally bad soldier...
Churchill, one of the most hopeless dabblers in strategy, thus managed
(in Yugoslavia and Greece) to lose two theaters of war at one single blow.
In any country he would be court-martialed..."
The above quote is from Hitler in a victory
speech to the Reichtag in Berlin on May 4, 1941.
Note how the great Fuhrer of New World Order
was also PEACEKEEPER. It was others that instigated wars - not him!
Shocking how models of super bullies never
change. No matter how atrocious their acts - they try to present themselves
as only seeking PEACE AND JUSTICE.
The World Book Encyclopedia,
Edition 1958, Vol 18,
Entry: Yugoslavia, page 8988
President Franklin Roosevelt
said that March 27 (1941) was "THE
TURNING POINT IN HITLER'S FATE." Hitler had planned
to invade the Soviet Union on March 15. Instead, he had to wait until June
22, after he had "destroyed" Yugoslavia and Greece...
Keitel, Hitler's Minister of War was second in command only to Hitler himself.
Marshal Keitel wrote his memoirs in Nuremberg prison in 1946 only days before he was to be
executed. Here is how, on his death bed he morns Hitler's mistake of attacking Yugoslavia.
"The Memoirs of Field-Marshal Keitel,
Chief of the German High Command, 1938-1945"
Stein and Day Publishers, New York, first published
Page 131. Quote:
What would we not have saved by way
of aid to Italy for her senseless Balkan war? In all
probability there would not have been any uprising in Yugoslavia
in an attempt to force her entry into the war on the side of
the enemies of the Axis, just to oblige Britain and the Soviet
Union. How differently things
would then have looked in Russia in 1941: we would have been in a
far stronger position, and above all we should not have lost those
two months. Just imagine: we would not just have frozen to a standstill
in the snow and ice, with temperatures of minus fourty-five degrees
just twenty miles outside Moscow, a city hopelessly encircled
from the north, west and south, at the end of that November; we should
have had two clear months before that infernal cold weather closed in -
and there was nothing like it in the winters that followed anyway!
But gratitude has
a short expiration date in the Western culture.
Dr. John Keegan, who was teaching at the
Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst from 1960 to 1986, publishes a book
"The Second World War" (Viking Penguin, Inc. New York, 1990).
This is how Professor Keegan presents the events once the Serbian sacrifice
is not only needed but should be forgotten (or even ridiculed):
Pages 151, 152 (quote):
[Yugoslav] signatures were entered at Vienne on March 25 . Hitler
exulted in the result - but too soon; incautiously as a former citizen
of the Habsburg Empire with which the Serbs had played such havoc, he had
failed to allow for the impetuosity of the Serb character. On the night
of 26-27 March a group of Serb officers, led by the air force general Bora
Mirkovic, denounced the treaty...
The Mirkovic coup still appears in retrospect
one of the most unrealistic, if romantic,
acts of defiance in modern European history. Not only did
it threaten to divide... country; it was also bound to provoke the Germans
to hostile reaction, against which the Serbs could call on no external
assistance whatsoever to support them. They were surrounded by states that
were wholly inept, like Albania, or as threatened as themselves, like Greece,
or actively hostile, like Italy, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, with all
of which they had bitter and long-standing territorial disputes.
If Croatia, which would shortly take its
own independence under Italian tutelage, is added to the roll of the Serbs'
enemies, the behaviour of General Mirkovic and his fellow conspirators
of 27 March appears the collective equivalent of Gavrilo Princip's firebrand
assault on the Austro-Hungarian monarchy personified by Archduke Ferdinand
in June 1914.
It ensured the extintion of the Serb national
cause as if by reflex; it would also doom Serbia, as in 1914, to invasion,
defeat and occupation and with it the peoples of Yugoslavia... to an agony
of protracted civil and guerrila warfare for the next four years...
There is no doubt that [Serbian officers]
had been encouraged in their FOOLHARDINESS
by the British and the Americans... [but]... The 27 March coup was an autonomous
Serb initiative, to be seen with hindsight as the last outright expression
of sovereign defiance made by any small peoples who lie between the millstones
of [New World Order] Germany and Russian power... It was to be punished
with vehemence and without delay.
In shiny armor, Serbian army waited at Kosovo
field in 1389, much stronger army of the Ottoman Empire. The Serbs came
to defend their FREEDOM, their way of life, their RIGHT TO EXIST. That
right is not negotiable. Serbian honor is not negotiable. And any Evil
Empire, any New World Order, it seems, before enslaving Europe has to stumble
at the Serbian doorstep.
Were the Serbs foolish in March 1941 to
listen to Americans and Brits at the time? Were they foolish to defend
their freedom and sense of dignity?...
For sure, this is NOT a question that the
same Brits and Americans should pose today.
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