Politician, Deceased Person
1913 – 1999
Who was Peko Dapčević?
Colonel General Petar "Peko" Dapčević was a famous Yugoslav communist who fought as volunteer in the Spanish Civil War, joined the Partisan uprising in Montenegro, and became commander of the Yugoslav 1st and 4th Armies.
General Dapčević led the Partisan troops that along with Soviet Red Army under General Vladimir Zhdanov liberated Belgrade on October 20, 1944. In 1953 Dapčević was named Chief of the Yugoslav General Staff, but was demoted as a result of being indirectly involved in the Đilas troubles with the party.
Dapčević died at the age of 86 in his home in Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia.
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