The 7th Army was a Royal Yugoslav Army formation, raised three days
before the German-led invasion of Yugoslavia of 6 April 1941, during
World War II. On the first day of the invasion, the army’s commander
Dušan Trifunović was alarmed when the 4th Army, on the right flank of
the 7th, was undercut by fifth column activities by Croats within its
major units and higher headquarters. The Germans captured Maribor two
days later and expanded their bridgeheads, supported by the Luftwaffe.
On 10 April, the German 14th Panzer Division captured Zagreb. Italian
offensive operations began the following day, with thrusts towards
Ljubljana and down the Adriatic coast, capturing more than 30,000
Yugoslav troops near Delnice. When fifth column supporters of the
Croatian nationalist Ustaše movement arrested the headquarters staff of
the 7th Army later that day, the formation effectively ceased to exist.
On 12 April, the Germans linked up with the Italians near the Adriatic
coast, encircling the remnants of the 7th Army, which offered no further
resistance. Ceasefires were implemented on 15 April, and the Yugoslav
Supreme Command surrendered unconditionally.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
Seventh Crusade: Egyptian Ayyubids annihilated the crusader
army and captured King Louis IX of France as a hostage.
Vancouver, one of British Columbia’s youngest cities, was
American explorer Robert Peary allegedly became the first
person to reach the North Pole; his claim was accepted for many years,
although modern research has determined that he most likely did not.
The first Tony Awards, recognizing achievement in American
theatre, were handed out at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.
The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad unilaterally
declared the region of Azawad independent from Mali.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
that dog won’t hunt:
(US) That idea will not work; that is an inadequate explanation or
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Today I started loving you again I’m right back where I’ve really
always been; I got over you just long enough to let my heartache mend,
Then today I started loving you again.
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