Register of the Zarko Rista Popovic Papers, 1917-1980

Prepared by Nicholas Vucinich
Hoover Institution Archives
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Register of the Zarko Rista Popovic Papers, 1917-1980

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Hoover Institution Archives
  • Stanford University
  • Stanford, California 94305-6010
  • Phone: (650) 723-3563
  • Fax: (650) 725-3445
  • Email: archives@hoover.stanford.edu
Prepared by:
Nicholas Vucinich, revised by Zivka Mares Randic, 2011
Date Completed:
August 1978, revised 2011
© 2000 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Zarko Rista Popovic Papers
Date (inclusive): 1917-1980
Creator: Popovic, Zarko Rista, 1896-1989
Collection Number: 75108
Collection Size: Number of Containers: 4 manuscript boxes 1.6 linear feet
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: The papers include diaries, correspondence, reports, memoranda, and clippings, relating to Yugoslav-Soviet relations, the Yugoslav coup d'état of 1941 March 27, relations of the Yugoslav Government-in-Exile with the United States and Great Britain, Draža Mihailović and the Yugoslav resistance movement during World War II, dissension within the Yugoslav resistance movement (especially as expressed in the so-called Cairo affair of 1942), and postwar Yugoslav émigré politics. Includes diaries, in Russian, for 1917-1931 and 1941-1975. Also available on microfilm (6 reels).
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Language: In Serbo-Croatian, , Russian, and French.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection open for research.
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Zarko Rista Popovic Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1975.

Accruals

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Alternate Forms Available

Also available on microfilm (6 reels).

Biographical/Historical Note

1896 Born, Belgrade, Serbia
1905-1912 Attended Cadet School in Odessa, Russia. Graduated Military Academy (Artillery) in Petrograd, Russia
1914-1919 Served Serbian army in Serbia; twice wounded in action
1919-1921 Member of the Serbian military mission in Sofia, Bulgaria
1921-1923 Attended the Ecole supérieure de guerre in Paris, France
1924-1927 Served with a regiment in the Yugoslav Army, deployed to the general staff college in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
1927-1932 General staff officer on various assignments with the Yugoslav army, including a detail as Aide de Camp to His Majesty King Alexander of Yugoslavia
1932-1935 Military attaché in Rome, Italy
1935-1936 Chief of staff for an infantry division in Yugoslavia
1936-1940 Director of intelligence, general staff, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
1940-1941 Military Attaché in Moscow, U.S.S.R.
1941-1942 Director of intelligence, Yugoslav Force in Egypt
1942 Expelled from the Yugoslav Military after the Yugoslav army "Cairo Affair"
1942-1948 Commissioned by British military authority; served as Colonel with the British Forces in the Middle East in Egypt
1948-1949 Co-partner and chief translator at a translating office in London
1951-1952 Worked as an inspector with a South African insurance company in Nairobi, Kenya
1989 Died

Scope and Content of Collection

The papers document events following World War II, reflecting primarily on the Yugoslav coup d'état of 27 March 1941, relations of the Yugoslav government-in-exile with the United States and Great Britain, the resistance movement, and dissension within the Yugoslav military (especially as expressed in the "Cairo Affair" of 1942), as well as developments in the Yugoslav army in the Middle East and postwar Yugoslav émigré politics. Includes diaries, in Russian, for the years 1917 to 1931 and 1941 to 1975.
The papers also include material on Draža Mihailović and the Yugoslav resistance movement during World War II as well as a considerable number of records that provide insight into Yugoslav foreign relations, particularly Yugoslav-Soviet relations.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into five series: Correspondence, Diaries, Speeches and writings, Subject file, and Yugoslav Military Attaché in the Soviet Union office file.

Access Points

Mihailović, Draža, 1893-1946.
World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945--Governments in exile.
World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements.
World War, 1939-1945--Yugoslavia.
Soviet Union.
Russia (Federation)
Soviet Union--Foreign relations--Yugoslavia.
Yugoslavia.
Yugoslavia--Foreign relations--Soviet Union.
Yugoslavia--History--Coup d'etat, 1941.
Yugoslavia--History--Axis occupation, 1941-1945.
Military attaches.
Yugoslavs--Great Britain.
Great Britain.


Container List

Box  1

Correspondence, 1940-1980

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.
Box/Folder: 1 : 1

Auchinleck, Claude, 1942

Box/Folder: 1 : 2

Béthouart, General, 1974

Box/Folder: 1 : 3

Fellers, Bonner, 1941-1953

Box/Folder: 1 : 4

Fellers, Nancy, 1974

Box/Folder: 1 : 5

Fortier, Louis, J. 1942-1953

Box/Folder: 1 : 6

Jovanović, Slobodan, 1942

Box/Folder: 1 : 7

Knezević, Zivan, 1942-1952

Box/Folder: 1 : 8

Marković, Vladislav, 1952

Box/Folder: 1 : 9

Mauran, Frank, Jr., 1942

Box/Folder: 1 : 10

Molle, Marie-Eugène-Aimé, 1940-1952

Box/Folder: 1 : 11

Nedić, Milan, 1940

Box/Folder: 1 : 12

Stanko, 1969

Box/Folder: 1 : 13

Vaso, reflecting on the Yugoslav army and World War II1976-1980.

Box/Folder: 1 : 14

Unsigned, 1942, 1949

Box: 1

Diaries, 1917-1975

Box/Folder: 1 : 15

February 1917-February 1931

Box/Folder: 1 : 15

July 1941-May 1942

Box/Folder: 1 : 15

May 1942-October 1942

Box/Folder: 1 : 15

October 1942-27 July 1943

Box/Folder: 1 : 16

June 1945-January 1948. Includes Zwei Reichsmark, Fünf Reichsmark bills

Box/Folder: 1 : 16

January 1948-December 1950

Box/Folder: 1 : 16

January 1951-July 1953

Box/Folder: 1 : 16

August 1953-September 1957

Box/Folder: 1 : 16

October 1957-April 1962

Box/Folder: 2 : 1

May 1962-February 1973

Box/Folder: 2 : 2

February 1973-February 1975. Includes pressed wild flower

Box: 2

Speeches and writings, 1940-1942

Box/Folder: 23

Untitled memoir from the U.S.S.R., 1940-1941

Box/Folder: 2 : 4

"Izveštaj o jačini i vrednosti Sovjetske vojne sile," July 9, 1941

Box/Folder: 2 : 5

Memorandum on Yugoslav-American cooperation in organizing and equipping an intelligence unit to operate in Yugoslavia, February 15, 1942

Box/Folder: 2 : 6

"Moja služba u Sovjetskom Savezu," undated,

Box/Folder: 2 : 7

"Začetci Gansterizma u medjunarodnoj politici; ustaše u službi Musolinija," undated

Box/Folder: 2 : 8

Letter to the editor "Oslobođenje," undated

Box/Folder: 2 : 9

Notes, undated

Box: 2

Subject file, 1940-1973.

Scope and Content Note

Reports, memoranda, minutes, printed material and clippings, arranged alphabetically by title
Box/Folder: 2

General, 1940-1973

Box/Folder: 2 : 10

Burazović, Stjepan, 1971

Box/Folder: 2 : 11

Chetniks, 1941

Box/Folder: 2 : 12

Churchill, Winston, 1942

Box/Folder: 2 : 13

"The Ciano Diaries 1939-1943," by Galeazzo Ciano, Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs, 1939-1943, transcript

Box/Folder: 2 : 14

Fotić, Konstatin, 1941

Box/Folder: 2 : 15

Grol, Milan, undated

Box/Folder: 2 : 16

Knezević, Živan, 1942

Box/Folder: 2 : 17

Mihailović, Draža, 1942, 1943

Box/Folder: 2 : 18

Mirković, Borivoje, 1941, 1942

Box/Folder: 2 : 19

Ninčić, Momčilo, 1942

Box/Folder: 2 : 20

Partisans, undated

Box/Folder: 2 : 21

"Potpisivanje kapitulacije," Minutes of meeting of the Ministerial Council, Yugoslav Government, London, 30 January 1942

Box/Folder: 2 : 22

Serbian Cultural Club, 1940

Box/Folder: 2 : 23

Serbian Orthodox Church, 1941

Box/Folder: 2

"Cairo Affair" materials, 1942-1943

Box/Folder: 2 : 24-25

General, 1941-1943

Box/Folder: 2 : 26

British Government - Royal Yugoslavia agreement, 1942

Box/Folder: 3 : 1

Causes and developments file, 1942

Box/Folder: 3 : 2

Minutes of the British Military Authority Yugoslavia meeting, 1942

Box/Folder: 3 : 3

Ž. Knežević, statement reports, 1942-1943

Box/Folder: 3 : 4

Ž. Knežević, reports regarding D. Simović, B. Ilić, B. Mirković, Ž Popović, 1942

Box/Folder: 3

Correspondence, 1941-1944

Box/Folder: 3 : 5

General, 1941-9144

Box/Folder: 3 : 6

S. Jovanović to Eden, A., 1942

Box/Folder: 3 : 7

S. Jovanović to Knežević, Ž., 1942

Box/Folder: 3 : 8

S. Jovanović to Ninčić, K., 1942

Box/Folder: 3 : 9

S. Jovanović to Rendel, G., 1942

Box/Folder: 3 : 10

D. Simović to Churchill, W., 1942

Box/Folder: 3 : 11

D. Simović to Mirković, B., 1941

Box/Folder: 3 : 12

S. Živković to Cvetković, 1949, 1950

Box/Folder: 3

Dušan Simović, 1941-1943, 1970

Box/Folder: 3 : 13

Correspondence 1941-1943

Box/Folder: 3 : 14-22

"Memoari Generala Simovića i dokumenti 1939-1942," by Vojimir Kljaković, Politika, August 21 - 24 November 1970

Box/Folder: 3

Yugoslav army in the Middle East, 1941-1980

Box/Folder: 3 : 23

Anthony Eden, report on the developments in Yugoslav army crisis, 1942

Box/Folder: 3 : 24

Appropriation of the state money among the Yugoslav army commanders, report 1941

Box/Folder: 3 : 25

Developments in the Yugoslav army, reports, 1942

Box/Folder: 3 : 26

"Yugoslavia-Axis invasion, 1941," Politika, 1973

Box/Folder: 3

Yugoslavia coup d'état on March 27, 1941, 1941-1973

Box/Folder: 3 : 27, Box/Folder: 4 : 1

Collected materials, 1941-1943, 1947, 1973

Box/Folder: 4 : 2

Paunović, Siniša, "Još jedna istina o 27 Martu 1941," Nin, February 20 - June 25, 1972

Box/Folder: 4

Yugoslavia-Foreign relations, 1940-1942

Box/Folder: 4 : 3

Great Britain, 1941

Box/Folder: 4 : 4

United States of America, 1941-1942

Box/Folder: 4

General, Ilija Jukić

Box/Folder: 4 : 5

"Kratak prikaz naše spoljne politike i opće međunarodne politike u toku 1940 i početkom 1941," by Ilija Jukić

Box/Folder: 4 : 6

"Razvitak naše spoljne politike i opće međunarod situacije od 14 Februara do 25 Marta 1941," by Ilija Jukić

Box/Folder: 4 : 7

"Naše pristupanje trojnom paktu, kartak pregled događaja," 1941, by Miloje Smiljanić

Box  4

Office File, Vojni Izaslanik Kraljevine Jugoslavije U.S.S.R., 1940-1941

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence and reports by Zarko Popovic, Yugoslav Military Attaché in the Soviet Union, arranged chronologically.
Box  4

Correspondence, 1940-1941

Box/Folder: 4 : 8

September 22, 1940

Box/Folder: 4 : 9

October 1, 1940

Box/Folder: 4 : 10

October 12, 1940

Box/Folder: 4 : 11

October 20, 1940

Box/Folder: 4 : 12

October 25, 1940

Box/Folder: 4 : 13

October 30, 1940

Box/Folder: 4 : 14

November 8, 1940

Box/Folder: 4 : 15-20

November 22-26, 1940

Box/Folder: 4 : 21-22

December 6-7, 1940

Box/Folder: 4 : 23

December 18, 1940 (with enclosures dated November 16 and December 7)

Box/Folder: 4 : 24

January 15, 1941

Box/Folder: 4 : 25-27

February 4-6, 1941

Box/Folder: 4 : 28

March 3, 1941

Box/Folder: 4 : 29

March 6, 1941

Box/Folder: 4 : 30

March 7, 1941

Box/Folder: 4 : 31

March 10, 1941

Box/Folder: 4 : 32-33

March 14-15, 1941

Box/Folder: 4 : 34

May 5, 1941

Box/Folder: 4 : 35

May 31, 1941

Box/Folder: 4 : 36

Gavrilović, Milan, correspondence from Moscow to Yugoslav Government, London, 1941

Box: 4

Reports

Box/Folder: 4 : 37

Prvi Izveštaj (First Report), October 5, 1940

Box/Folder: 4 : 38

Sovjetsko - Finski odnosi i vojno - politička delatnost S.S.S.R. (Soviet Finnish relations and military - political activity of the U.S.S.R.), November 10, 1940

Box/Folder: 4 : 39

Drugi Mesečni Izveštaj (Second Monthly Report), November 10, 1940

Box/Folder: 4 : 40

Materijal koji je potrebno nabaviti iz Rusije (Material to be purchased from Russia), November 11, 1940

Box/Folder: 4 : 41

Treci Mesečni Izveštaj (Third Monthly Report), December 17, 1940

Box/Folder: 4 : 42

Cetvrti Mesečni Izveštaj (Fourth Monthly Report), February 1, 1941

Box/Folder: 4 : 43

Peti Mesečni Izveštaj (Fifth Monthly Report), March 24, 1941

Box/Folder: 4 : 44

Pešadija (Infantry), March 24, 1941

Box/Folder: 4 : 45

Sastav, jačinu i Razmeštaj vojske, March 25, 1941