Cominform Crisis

Cominform Crisis

Soviet-Yugoslav Stand-Off, 1948-1954

Bojan Dimitrijevic

This book describes the conflict between Tito's Yugoslav Army and the Soviet and other satellite armies, that lasted between 1948 and 1954; the first major conflict within the communist bloc.
Date Published :
November 2022
Publisher :
Helion and Company
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Illustration :
150 b/w photos, 25 color profiles, 5 maps
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781804510285
Pages : 104
Dimensions : 11.75 X 8.25 inches
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COMINFORM Crisis describes the first armed conflict within the Communist world after the Second World War. This occurred between Tito’s Yugoslavia and the states led by the Soviet Union, in the period between 1948 and 1954. It start with an explanation of the process of “Sovietization” of the former Yugoslav Partisan Army, its ambitious development plans, and its influence in neighboring Albania, Bulgaria and in Greek Civil War, all of which led to growing suspicions amongst the Soviet leadership, especially Stalin. This would lead to the slow break up of mutual ties in spring of 1948, and finally to the Cominform Resolution on 28 June 1948.

The Resolution marked the start of the conflict that would last for almost seven years. Communist brothers-in-arms became bitter enemies and Yugoslavian borders with the communist countries of Albania, Bulgaria, Rumania and Hungary became front lines. The political clash turned into open hostilities at the borders: with firing at border-guards, attacks on border posts, intrusions by agents and armed groups, and surveillance and troop movements. Despite Tito’s Yugoslavs being frightened by the expectation of aggression from East, no invasion was launched and the war in the Korean Peninsula turned the attention of the Soviets and Americans to the Far East. Ultimately, the Cominform-Yugoslav conflict came to a slow end; through the acceptance of Yugoslavia into the US Mutual Defence Aid Programme in November 1951; and after the Stalin death in March 1953.

COMINFORM Crisis describes the Yugoslav Army’s organization, stressing the differences in pre-1948 and later reorganizations during the conflict, and provides the reader with detailed orders of battle of the Yugoslav Army based on archival research. COMINFORM Crisis also describes the attempts of the Yugoslavs to establish an indigenous defense industry during this period to overcome the problem of the supplying its army, stressing the development of the first Yugoslav tank, piston engine fighters, several types of vessel for the navy, and series of small arms. This book also examines the work of the Yugoslav military Counterintelligence Service (KOS) and State Security (UDBA) in the widespread struggle with the Soviet and satellite intelligence services on the borders and in the ranks of the army and security forces.

About The Author

Bojan Dimitrijevic is working as a historian and is Deputy Director of the Institute for Contemporary History, Belgrade, Serbia. Educated at the Universities of Belgrade and Novi Sad, CEU Budapest and the University of Bradford, he has also worked as the custodian of the Yugoslav Aviation Museum. During the period 2003-2009, Dimitrijevic served as advisor to the Minister of Defense, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the President of Serbia, and as Assistant to the Minister of Defense. He has published over 50 different books and more than 100 scientific articles in Serbia and abroad. His professional interest is in the military history of the former Yugoslavia and Balkans in World War Two, the Cold War as well as wars in the 1990s.

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