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Sunday, July 3rd 2011, 12:56am

Yugoslav News, 4Q 1940

Novosti News Service – Belgrade – Thursday, 10 October 1940

A significant milestone in military cooperation between members of the Warsaw Pact was accomplished today as the first twelve examples of the new 75mm M1940 Divisional Gun were prepared for shipment to Romania, where they will become one of that service’s newest weapons. Romania has ordered an unspecified number of weapons of this type from the Zastava Ordnance Works as well as acquiring a licence for the manufacture of the M1940 by domestic Romanian factories. Accompanying the first shipment were a number of technicians from the Zastava Works, who will assist their Romanian counterparts at the Uzinele de fer si Domenille din Resita in establishing new production facilities there.

Novosti News Service – Belgrade – Wednesday, 16 October 1940

The latest reports from the Mixed Commission reviewing the contending claims in the Eastern Provinces indicate that plebiscite voting has been scheduled for the period 5-7 November 1940.

Diplomatic Dispatch – Athens – Friday, 25 October 1940

Military attaché confirms request of the Greek military for four examples of the M1940 divisional gun for purposes of evaluation. Please advise earliest possible date for delivery.

Novosti News Service – Belgrade – Monday, 4 November 1940

Despite increasing output from the Zastava Truck Factory the Government announced today that it will continue its programme of vehicle purchases abroad – indicating that follow-on orders were place with the Tatra works in Czechoslovakia for additional examples of the T93 light lorry and its T110 heavy lorry, with the Hungarian firm of Botond and with the Swiss Saurer firm. It appears that no further procurement of American-made lorries is anticipated at this time.

Novosti News Service – Tsaribrod – Friday, 8 November 1940

The results of the recently-concluded plebiscite were formally delivered to the Mixed Commission today. While the official results have yet to be announced voter turnout in all districts was heavy. The proceedings were unmarred by violence and observers have commented favourably on the absence of vote fraud or intimidation by any party.

Belgrade, Friday, 15 November 1940

Minister without Portfolio Boris Furlan delivered a speech to the press regarding the recently concluded plebiscite in the Eastern Provinces.

“Gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to announce the recommendation of the Mixed Commission regarding the solution of the conflicting claims of Bulgaria and Yugoslavia in the region of the Eastern Provinces. The commission recommends that the border municipalities of Bosilegrad and Tsaribrod be transferred to the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Bulgaria, with all other territories remaining Yugoslav territories. Residents throughout the contested territories may freely emigrate if they so wish, and shall be assured of full citizenship and civil rights should they choose to remain. It is the hope of the Commission, and my own, that this proposed settlement will be accepted by both Governments, and may be the basis for a final solution to the disagreements between Yugoslavia and her eastern neighbor.”

Novosti News Service – Belgrade – Wednesday, 4 December 1940

After lengthy debate in Parliament, ratification of the Treaty of Tsaribrod, settling the border dispute with Bulgaria, was ratified today.

Novosti News Service – Belgrade – Monday, 23 December 1940

With all results from the Parliamentary elections completed the National Democratic Party of Mister Karasec has been returned with an increased majority.


Sunday, July 3rd 2011, 1:11am

Delivery Status Report, 31 December 1940

Deliveries from Abroad

Skoda 6LT 2-ton Truck – 155
Skoda 6ST 4-ton Truck – 59
Tatra 93 2-ton Truck – 160
Tatra 111 10-ton Truck – 38
Skoda Superb 3000 Tender – 140
Raba 38M Botond Prime Mover – 79
Saurer 4CT1D 4.5-ton Truck – 73
Skoda 6VD 5-ton Truck – 31

FlaK33 88mm Heavy AA Gun (M39) – 4
Krauss Maffei Half Track Tractor – 4
Krauss Maffei Half Track Service Vehicle – 0

M34 75mm Mountain Howitzer (Skoda) – 21
M35 105mm Heavy Field Gun (Skoda) – 18
M37 150mm Heavy Field Howitzer (Skoda) – 18
M40 87mm Gun Howitzer (Vickers) – 40
M38 122mm Divisional Howitzer (Russia) – 28

AT-36/75 Medium Tank (Atlantis) - 45
M-3 Half-track Infantry Carriers (United States) – 36

Domestic Ground Ordnance Production

M35 Service Pistol : 1,800
M29 Service Rifle : 27,000
M28 Machine Rifle : 1,590
M32 Machinegun : 960
M37 Submachinegun : 9,000
M39 Aircraft Machinegun : 600
M37 Tank Machinegun : 360
M35 Mortar : 240
M27/31 Mortar : 180
M36 Antitank Gun : 50
M40 Divisional Gun : 108
M30 Light Antiaircraft Gun : 90
M36 Light Antiaircraft Gun : 70
M40 Field Gun-Howitzer : 68
M32 Hand Grenade : 42,000
Small Arms Ammunition : 28,500,000
Artillery Ammunition : 186,000

Domestic Vehicle Production for Royal Yugoslav Army

Skoda 6LT 2-ton Truck : 120
Skoda 6ST 4-ton Truck : 30
Zastava M40 0.25-ton Truck : 90
LT.38 Light Tank (gun tank) : 72
Salvage Tank on LT.38 Chassis : 30
Assault Howitzer on LT.38 Chassis : 30
Lazar Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle : 86
Nemanja Armoured Car : 36

Domestic Vehicle Production for Export

Lazar Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle (for British Army) 34

Aircraft Deliveries

Focke Wulf Fw190A-4 : 25
Ikarus IK-2 : 30
Bucker Bu181 : 30
Soko Jastreb : 30