This day in 1941. Nazi Germany attacked Yugoslavia without declaring war

BELGRADE – In the early morning hours of April 6, 1941, Nazi Germany unleashed a massive attack on the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

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The attack dragged Yugoslavia into World War II, even though Yugoslav governments, both before and after the putsch of March 27, attempted to avoid this by all means available.

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Germany (and its allies Italy, Bulgaria and Hungary) attacked the Kingdom of Yugoslavia without a declaration of war.

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According to available information, the air attacks on Belgrade, which began at around 6.30 am and lasted for two days, involved multiple sorties by 484 German aircraft, including 234 bombers and nearly 120 fighter planes.

Belgrade 1941 - Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 141-1005 / CC-BY-SA

The exact number of victims has never been ascertained, but the most frequently quoted figure is 2,274 people killed. German estimates said that there were 1,500 to 1,700 victims.

Belgrade 1941 - Photo: Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-F016226-0005A / CC-BY-SA

The air attacks destroyed an enormous percentage of housing and infrastructure in Belgrade, as well as many cultural facilities, including the national library.

Source: Tanjug, InSerbia

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