Title: 1909 - 1930 ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF TEN  ...
Publisher: SERBIA YUGOSLAVIA BALKANS ALBANIA
Publication Date: 1909
Book Condition: Very Good
On offer is a very significant, historical archive of ten  original manuscript diaries handwritten by Danilo Kalafatovic (1875-1946) former General and Chief of Staff of Royal Yugoslav Army. Dated from 1909 -1930 the author writes, in Serbian Cyrillic script, over 530 pages, details containing military, political and diplomatic notes from important historic events in Serbia, Yugoslavia and the Balkans. This unique archive presents a one of a kind perspective from the cradle of conflict by one of the main players prior to World War I and then throughout the pre World War II era. The notebooks breakdown as follows: 1. 1909 - 1911 (Appointed military attache in Bulgaria): 43 pp. with written text of 92 total pp. 2. 1913 (Peace Conference at Bucharest): 51 pp. with written text 108 total pp. 3. 1914 (WWI): total of 90 pp. with written text. 4. 1916 (WWI - boarding of Serbian Troops at Vlore /Valona/, Albania): 60 pp. with written text of 72 total pp. 5. 1917 (WWI - describes the condition of Serbian Army at Salonique line): 49 pp. with written text of total 120 pp. 6. 1918 (some notes after the WWI has ended): 10 pp. with written text of total 56 pp. 7. 1920 (Negotiations with Italy about Free State of Fiume): 100 pp. with written text of circa 140 total pp. 8. 1921 (Negotiations with Czechoslovakia): 30 pp. with written text of total 70 pp. 9. 1923 (Committee for Delineation with Romania): 74 pp. with written text of total 88 pp. 10. 1930 (Inspector of Ground Defence): 25 pp. with written text of total 160 pp. Ranks: 1896 - 2nd Lieutenant of the Artillery; 1903 - Captain; 1 October 1915 - Colonel; 5 January 1923 - Divisional General; 11 April 1930 - Army General. Decorations: The order of the Karageorge Star III Class; The order of the Karageorge Star IV Class. Assignments: 1900 - company commander and orderly officer to the king; 1902 - Commander 5th Battery/2nd of howitzer artillery regiment; 28 March 1903 - Commander 3rd Battery/1st of Danube artillery regiment; 6 April 1907 - orderly officer to the king; 3 October 1907 - assistant to chief of staff of Danube divisional district; 1909 - chief of staff of Timok divisional district; from 8 June 1909 to 1913 - military attache in Bulgaria; also from 27 April 1911 to 1913 - military attache in Romania; from 2 September 1913 to 1914 - commander of 3rd Battalion of 7th Infantry Regiment; from 1 April 1914 to 13 July 1914 - commander of Bregalnica Infantry Regiment; from 28 July 1914 to 16 April 1916 - chief of staff of Morava Division 2nd Call; 1916 - president of Committee for troops embarkation in Valona; from 16 April 1916 - chief of Intelligence section of Supreme Command; from 25 July 1917 to 4 May 1920 - chief of Operational section of Supreme Command; 1920 - military expert in Paris and Rapallo; from 15 April 1941 - chief of staff of Yugoslav army. He died In Mozburg 1946. BIO NOTES: Born on 27 October 1875 in village of Konarevo near Kraljevo. Graduated in 26th Class of Lower and 8th Class of Higher School of Military Academy. From 1900 to 1902 went to School of Applied Artillery (École d'application de l'artillerie) in Fontainebleau, France. In 1909 married Milica, daughter of Dragomir Lazarevi? from Šabac. They had a son Ratomir Ratko which graduated as first of the 57th Class of the Military Academy and daughter Vera. On 15 April 1941 Kalafatovi? was named chief of staff of Royal Yugoslav Army and given power to negotiate surrender of the remains of the army, he issued the orders for unconditional surrender. Various sizes: smallest 10, 5 x 6, 5; largest: 16 x 10, 5 cm. Overall VG. Size: 48mo - over 3" - 4" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 0001621
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Store Description: M. Benjamin Katz, Fine Books/Rare Manuscripts: M. Benjamin Katz, Fine Books/Rare Manuscripts is located in Toronto, Canada doing business by appointment, and having an online presence selling rare books and manuscripts since 1999. Specializing in handwritten, historically significant books, manuscripts, diaries, documents and ephemera. A member of The Manuscript Society each treasure on offer is guaranteed authentic and as represented for life. Worldwide clientele includes public, private and university libraries on both sides of the Atlantic and Pacific. Always buying collections and estates.