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Register of the Zarko Rista Popovic Papers, 1917-1980
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Access Points

  • 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


    Collection open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

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

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1975.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    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.


    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--Foreign relations--Soviet Union.
    Yugoslavia--History--Coup d'etat, 1941.
    Yugoslavia--History--Axis occupation, 1941-1945.
    Military attaches.
    Yugoslavs--Great Britain.
    Great Britain.