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    05/04/2015 6:30:29 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 2 replies ^ | May 4, 2015 | Carl Savich
    EPISODE 7: THE FINAL CHETNIK OFFENSIVE AGAINST THE AXIS / REVIEW by Carl Savich: Documentary Series "The Kingdom of Yugoslavia in the Second World War" The Kingdom of Yugoslavia in the Second World War [2 Series: Why Were the Balkans Given Over to Communist Control?] is the second part of a documentary series consisting of six approximately 30 minute episodes. This series continues from part one which consisted of six episodes that examined the German invasion and subsequent occupation and dismemberment of Yugoslavia released in 2014. The first series analyzed the period from the German invasion and occupation of Yugoslavia...
  • REMEMBERING Halyard Mission Hero Arthur "Jibby" Jibilian on his birthday April 30, 2015

    04/30/2015 12:40:54 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 6 replies ^ | April 30, 2015 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Arthur Jibilian, 86, speaking at the "Forgotten 500 Reunion" 'Lest we Forget' Halyard Mission commemoration Michigan June 17, 2009 Photo by Aleksandra Rebic. Aleksandra's Note: This year, 2015, the world will be marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, the era of the "Greatest Generation." For me, one of the measures of a man who dies is how deeply the loss is felt in the hearts of those who knew him, and if they didn't know him personally, were affected by his work or by his existence on this earth in a positive way. OSS radioman...
  • General Draza Mihailovich CAPTURED by the Yugoslav Communists on this day, March 13, in 1946.

    03/13/2015 7:15:56 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 4 replies ^ | March 13, 2015 | Aleksandra Rebic
    The famous bridge over the Drina River in Visegrad, Bosnia. Photo: Wikipedia Commons. General Draza Mihailovich CAPTURED by the Yugoslav Communists on this day, March 13, in 1946. Dead man walking becomes Hero and Martyr living forever. Aleksandra's note: As the so called "Rehabilitation of General Mihailovich" legal process continues in its ninth year, we are reminded that on this day, March 13th, in 1946, the Yugoslav communist special security agents (OZNA) loyal to Marshal Josip Broz Tito finally captured the great General in the village of "Drazevina" near Visegrad in Bosnia. A short time later they publicly announced his...

    02/28/2015 7:27:41 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 5 replies ^ | February 28, 2015 | Aleksandra Rebic
    General Draza Mihailovich on Ravna Gora in Serbia 1943THE LAST FRIDAY IN FEBRUARY - REHABILITATION REDUXAnd so it continues...In anticipation of the Mihailovich Rehabilitation hearing that took place in Belgrade on Friday February 27, 2015, the last Friday in February, I was asked to write a letter to be sent to Belgrade. This was a letter about "hopes and dreams" with the intention to speak for the thousands of people around the world who want Serbian General Draza Mihailovich officially vindicated of the manufactured guilt that provided the false pretense to have him executed in July of 1946. I gladly...
  • SGT. MIKE MCKOOL, American WWII Halyard Mission veteran, testifies before Commission of Inquiry

    11/07/2014 4:57:30 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 3 replies ^ | Nov. 7, 2014 | Mike McKool / Aleksandra Rebic
    SGT. MIKE MCKOOL, rescued American WWII Halyard Mission Airman, testifies before Commission of Inquiry regarding "Fair Trial for General Mihailovich" May 1946 New YorkAleksandra's Note: On May 13, 1946, the Committee for a Fair Trial for General Mihailovich announced that a "Commission of Inquiry" had been established in New York for the purpose of taking the testimonies of American officers and airmen whose request to be heard as witnesses at the trial of General Draza Mihailovich in Belgrade, Yugoslavia had been refused by the Tito government. The following is the testimony of Sergeant Mike McKool from Dallas, Texas, one of...
  • Reds, Whites and Serbdom: Why Chetnik Flags Should be in the Belgrade Liberation Parade

    10/09/2014 3:31:56 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 18 replies
    Reiss Institute ^ | October 8, 2014 | Boris Aleksic/Nebojsa Malic (translator)
    General Draza Mihailovich WWII The 70th anniversary of Belgrade’s liberation in WW2, will be marked by a military parade. After a 29-year hiatus, some 3,000 members of the Serbian Army will parade on October 16. Also scheduled is the appearance of the Russian acrobatics group “Strizhi”, flying the newest MiG-29 fighters. The celebration will be graced by the presence of the Russian President Vladimir Putin, a symbol of Russia’s rebirth. Putin’s visit to Serbia is a clear signal to both Serbian citizens and the West. During their aggression against the Serbs in the 1990s, Washington and Brussels have exterminated...
  • Marking 70th Anniversary of WWII Halyard Mission Rescue with Lt. Col. Milton Friend (USAF,Ret.)

    08/11/2014 3:06:37 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 7 replies ^ | August 10, 2014 | Lt. Col. Milton Friend (USAF, Ret,) / Aleksandra Rebic
    Aleksandra's Note: ...Lt. Col. Milton Friend of the USAF, a Halyard Mission veteran that I met in person in Chicago in 1994 for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Halyard Mission Rescue Operation, got in touch with me in 2009. I had wondered if he was still living. Indeed he was, and he had a story to tell. When I searched for him on the internet, I discovered that he was not featured anywhere that I could find. I told him that his story needs to be made public and be given wide exposure, and it is my absolute pleasure...
  • Hon. TED POE(R-TX) honors one of America's most important allies-the Serbians/6/11/2014

    06/15/2014 8:10:11 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 7 replies ^ | June 11, 2014 | Ted Poe/Congressional Record
    VIDEO: GEN. MIHAILOVICH honored in U.S. Congress June 11, 2014 / Congressman TED POE of Texas - "Today, I want to commemorate one of our most important allies: the people of Serbia." / CONGRESSIONAL RECORD Mr. Speaker, since our founding, Americans have always had to fight for the liberty and freedom that we have. Throughout our history, we have had allies from other parts of the world on our side ready to help us, and we have been ready to help them stand together for freedom over tyranny. Today, I want to commemorate one of our most important allies: the...

    04/26/2014 3:40:57 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 11 replies ^ | April 26, 2014 | Aleksandra Rebic
    "Confidence thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live." Franklin Delano Roosevelt REMEMBERING GENERAL DRAZA MIHAILOVICH: A TRULY GREAT MAN WHO LEFT HIS MARK FOREVER. Taking to the hills of Serbia with only a few Serbian patriots to mount the first real resistance to Hitler's occupying forces in Europe was impressive by all human standards. The guts it took and the resolve necessary for these men and their leader to initiate such a courageous act against the Nazi war machine that in 1941 appeared to be invincible...

    12/01/2013 8:14:37 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 2 replies ^ | December 1, 2013 | Nejbosa Glogovac / Aleksandra Rebic
    Neboja Glogovac as Colonel Draza Mihailovich in "Ravna Gora" "At the Salonika Front and the Battle of Kumanovo, Draza Mihailovich fought for his country of Serbia long before the Second World War. It should be said that Josip Broz Tito also fought before the Second World War, but it was on the side of Austria-Hungary and against the Serbs."Serbian Actor Nebojsa Glogovac on the eve of the premier of the fourth episode of the "Ravna Gora Series" on Radio-Television Srbije, in which Colonel Draza Mihailovich, whom Glogovac plays in this series, is presented on screen for the first time. The...

    11/28/2013 10:32:57 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 14 replies ^ | 1944/2013 | Lt. Colonel Albert B. Seitz [American Office of Strategic Services OSS]
    General Mihailovich Lt. Colonel Albert B. Seitz [American Office of Strategic Services OSS] ''As we proceeded out over the Adriatic my mind flashed back to one incident which will always have great meaning for me. Before I was leaving my tour of Serbia, the Minister [General Mihailovich] had expressed a desire to do something to honor America saying 'Here we have Slava, the day of our patron saint. What is Americas slava?' "I thought for a moment and said, 'We have four great days: Christmas, New Years, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving. Christmas we love because it is the day...
  • THE MYTH OF MIHAILOVICH "THE COLLABORATOR" - Justifying the Abandonment of a Loyal Ally

    11/22/2013 2:24:11 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 1 replies ^ | 1993/2013 | Kirk Ford, Jr. / Aleksandra Rebic
    Professor Kirk Ford, Jr. General Mihailovich 100th Birthday Celebration Chicago, IL April 23, 1993 Rebic Collection. Aleksandra's Note: Dr. Kirk Ford, Jr. is the Chairman of the Department of History and Political Science at Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. He is the author of the book OSS and the Yugoslav Resistance 1943-1945, published by Texas A&M University Press, 1992. This book is an extensively researched, in-depth, objective, and truthful analysis of OSS activity attached to both the Mihailovich Chetnik forces [Nationalists/Royalists] and the Partisan forces [Yugoslav communists] under Marshal Tito. I highly recommend it for any honest pursuit of research...
  • Remembering a Tireless Warrior-Major Richard L. Felman U.S.A.F./Halyard Mission veteran

    11/13/2013 6:51:44 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 7 replies ^ | November 13, 2011 | Aleksandra Rebic
    He never stopped. It became his mission in life. For 55 years, over half a century, Major Richard L. Felman of the United States Air Force worked ceaselessly to do one thing: to repay a debt of gratitude... As we in America just commemorated Veterans Day and are getting ready to celebrate our Thanksgiving, it is our turn to remember and say Thank You to a man that we who knew him will never forget. Writing these things is never easy, especially when you are trying to properly honor the life and work of someone you knew personally and liked...
  • RCAF veteran NORMAN REID saved by General Mihailovich shares his story with "The Memory Project"

    08/01/2013 8:30:38 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 4 replies ^ | August 1, 2013 | Norman Leslie Reid
    Aleksandra's Note: I had the pleasure of meeting RCAF veteran Norman Reid in Chicago in 1994 at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Halyard Mission, as part of a week long world-wide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of D-Day. He impressed me as a kind, soft-spoken, unassuming gentleman who escorted me to the D-Day activities on Lake Michigan that same week. I had hoped to keep in touch with Mr. Reid in the following years. I do not know if he is still alive and hope that if anyone does know, they will get in touch with me.These are the...
  • Halyard Mission American Air Force veteran Curtis "Bud" Diles turns 88 and remains forever faithful

    07/16/2013 4:30:30 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 8 replies ^ | July 16, 2013 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Curtis Diles' yard in Ohio with 500 American flags honoring the Mihailovich Serbs of WWII. Photo courtesy of the Diles family, date unknown. Aleksandra's Note:American WWII Air Force veteran Curtis "Bud" Diles, one of the "Forgotten 500" of the great Halyard Mission rescue operation, turned 88 on July 15, 2013. He has lived a full, rich life, and to his great credit to this day he has never forgotten what was done for him almost 70 years ago, a lifetime ago, by strangers whose language and culture he did not share and in whose land he had become a "visitor"...

    06/25/2013 6:37:04 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 4 replies ^ | June 25, 2013 | Aleksandra Rebic and Milton Friend
    Aleksandra's Note: On October 25, 2010, Lt. Col. Milton Friend (USAF, ret.) and his wife Shirley embarked on a very important trip overseas to Serbia. It would turn out to be the trip of a lifetime and the first time Milton Friend was returning to Serbia since World War Two! The main objective of the visit to Serbia was for Halyard Mission veteran Lt. Col. Milton Friend to testify at the October 29th hearing in Belgrade regarding the Rehabilitation of General Draza Mihailovich. Following this note you will find a photo essay courtesy of Milton and Shirley Friend of this...
  • The Sham of a Trial begins in Belgrade, Yugoslavia for General Draza Mihailovich

    06/08/2013 12:26:10 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 7 replies ^ | June 7, 2013 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Aleksandra's Note: June 10th marks the anniversary of when the Mihailovich Trial began in Belgrade in 1946. This trial would end in a "Guilty" verdict, a "Conviction", an "Appeal Denied", and an execution that would be carried out on July 17, 1946, only two days after the verdict and conviction were handed down. The trial was a sham, one of the biggest of the 20th century. It didn't last long by today's standards - just over a month. I'm convinced that General Mihailovich knew he was a "dead man walking" from day one, but he remained calm and testified and...
  • An American Hero - Curtis "Bud" Diles - Halyard Mission veteran

    12/30/2012 9:36:34 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 5 replies ^ | December 30, 2012 | Francie Weakley
    Curtis Diles (left), with a friend in Italy, 1945, returned to safety and survived the war after being rescued by the Mihailovich Serbs.There are those people in life that are born unto their destiny, that come into life to be something special. They choose not their path, nor do they accept it willingly, it just is for them, despite their not even seeking it. You cannot create these people; you cannot groom them for their destiny is contained within every cell of their being. They cannot be drawn into a comic book or cast into a made for TV movie...
  • "Dear Winston" or What General Mihailovich might have said to Churchill if he had the chance

    12/04/2012 8:53:40 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 18 replies
    Serbianna ^ | December 3, 2012 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Two men who changed history never met, but they should have. They had an enormous impact on each others lives. They both were men of war. One would survive. The other would not. The following gives voice to General Draza Mihailovich, the one who did not survive, and what he might have said to the one who did, the great Statesman Winston Churchill, had he had the chance to do so.Dear Winston, During a critical period in the history of the world, our paths crossed in a fateful way, though we would never meet. I would die first, without any...
  • WWII Serb General Tortured by Communists to Admit Guilt

    09/13/2012 7:53:56 PM PDT · by OneVike · 5 replies ^ | 6/27/12 | M. Bozinovich
    Latest book by a biographer of Yugoslav communists has found documents which show that Yugoslav communist bandits have tortured Serbias WWII General Mihailovich in order to force him to admit guilt.Contrary to the claims by communist historians, Serbias General Mihailovich was tortured by Yugoslav communist secret service. Mihailovich was tortured for days by Lazic and Bedakovic, two communist security chiefs from Belgrade and Zagreb centers.Lazic and Bedakovic got their training from Stalins security capo, Beria, who impressed Stalin bybeing able to make any man admit to anything.Only 2 people lived through Lazics and Bedakovics interrogation tactics, and Mihailovich, who was...
  • Time for Serbia to right an historic wrong

    09/11/2012 4:08:32 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 21 replies
    The Jerusalem Post / ^ | September 2012 | Nick Tintor / Aleksandra Rebic
    Aleksandra's Note: A great job by Nick Tintor in summarizing an often polarizing issue that is in need of resolution after all these years. I wanted to extend a special note of gratitude to The Jerusalem Post for publishing this important piece, and keeping it online despite the hostility it has evoked in some of the Post's readers. The Post is to be commended for this. Anyone who refers to Serbian "anti-Semitism" during WWII or General Mihailovich's alleged "collaboration with the Nazis" clearly is repeating the usual communist propaganda that has so infiltrated the historical record regarding the Chetnik movement...
  • Propagandist at Washington Times Perverts WWII History to Scorn Serbs / Julia Gorin

    08/22/2012 10:44:01 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 2 replies
    RightSideNews Blog via Blog ^ | August 22, 2012 about May 24, 2012 article | Julia Gorin / Aleksandra Rebic
    Julia Gorin Aleksandra's Note: Julia Gorin, an opinion columnist with a focus on the Balkans and consistent journalistic integrity, has put together yet another excellent response to the boilerplate musings of the Serb demonizers who never quit. This time she addresses the Washington Times editorial of Jeffrey T. Kuhner published on May 24, 2012 in response to the election of Serbia's new president, Tomislav Nikolic: "Did Serbia Vote for War: New ultranationalist president promotes instability". Gorin tackles head on the analogy to the Mihailovich Serbs of WWII that Kuhner includes in his current hit piece. Because she incorporates a...
  • Mihailovich rehabilitation proceedings continue

    05/14/2012 12:45:26 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 2 replies ^ | May 14, 2012 | B92/Tanjug
    BELGRADE -- The proceedings for rehabilitation of WWII General Dragoljub Mihailović resumed on Friday [May 11, 2012] before the Higher Court in Belgrade. Mihailović was a commander of the Chetnik movement during World War II who was sentenced to death in 1946. The court listened to audio recordings from the trial against Mihailović, provided by historian Slobodan Marković, specifically one part of his closing argument given on July 10, 1946. “By comparing stenographer's notes and transcripts of the audio recording, it is evident the former were cut short by 27 percent and the meaning of sentences was often changed,” Marković...
  • George Vujnovich, leader of WWII air rescue, dead at 96

    05/03/2012 2:07:16 PM PDT · by iowamark · 18 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 2, 2012 | Matthew M. Burke
    George Vujnovich, an American intelligence agent who led the largest air rescue of Americans behind enemy lines during World War II, died last week at the age of 96, according to media reports. In 1944, the Serbian-American officer in the Office of Strategic Services (precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency) organized successful efforts to insert a team into what was then Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia and rescue more than 500 pilots and airmen who had been downed trying to cross the territory to bomb Hitlers oil fields in Romania, according to an obituary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The airmen had been hidden...
  • Remembering Arthur Jibilian of the Halyard Mission on the Anniversary of his Death

    03/21/2012 6:07:35 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 3 replies ^ | March 21, 2012 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Arthur Jibilian, 86, speaking at the "Forgotten 500 Reunion" 'Lest we Forget' commemoration, Michigan June 17, 2009 Photo by Aleksandra Rebic Back of photograph with personal message from General Mihailovich to Arthur Jibilian in 1944. "To Mr. 'Jibby' Jibilian, an ally and friend in these difficult days in the battle for freedom" American airmen and OSS personnel with General Mihailovich, standing in the center of the photo with his hand over his heart, 1944. Arthur Jibilian is kneeling in the front row in front of General Mihailovich and Captain Nick Lalich. Arthur Jibilian, standing far right, in Pranjani, Serbia, 2004....
  • The Capture of Mihailovich March 13, 1946 - Marking anniversary with prospect of rehabilitation

    03/13/2012 3:55:28 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 2 replies ^ | March 13, 2012 | Aleksandra Rebic
    General Draza Mihailovich in the hills of Serbia, 1943 The famous bridge over the Drina River in Visegrad, Bosnia Note: The next Mihailovich Rehabilitation hearing is set for March 23, 2012 in Belgrade, Serbia. Aleksandra's note: As we await with great anticipation the official rehabilitation of General Draza Mihailovich we are reminded that on this day, March 13th, in 1946, the Yugoslav communist special security agents (OZNA) loyal to Marshal Josip Broz Tito finally captured the great General in the village of Drazevina near Visegrad in Bosnia. A short time later they publicly announced his capture and their intention to...
  • A Halyard Mission grandchild reminds us of the Legacy

    03/08/2012 6:32:23 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 2 replies ^ | March 7, 2012 | Aleksandra Rebic
    ***** Charles L. Davis Lieutenant Colonel United States Air Force Born June 8, 1919 in Staten Island, NY Died February 17, 2012 in Falls Church, VA Dates of Service: May 26, 1942 - June 8, 1979 On June 6, 1944 Charlie Davis was in a B-24 and the target was Brazok, Romania when his plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire. He parachuted out of the doomed B-24. Was missing in action in Nazi-occupied Serbia from June 6, 1944 until August of 1944. Was saved by the Serbs loyal to and under the command of General Draza Mihailovich.
  • The Honorable Edward Derwinski pays tribute to the "Halyard Mission" and General Mihailovich

    01/27/2012 9:45:34 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 2 replies ^ | January 26, 2012 | Edward Derwinski / Aleksandra Rebic
    Edward J. Derwinski Halyard Mission 50th anniversary 1994 Chicago, IL U.S.A. Photo by R. Rebic Aleksandra's Note: Americans and Serbs from all over the United States and Canada gathered together on May 31, 1994 in Chicago to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 'Halyard Mission' rescue operation and pay homage to the American veterans of World War II and the Serbs under the command of General Draza Mihailovich who had saved their lives. The 'Halyard Mission' was the name given to the greatest rescue of American and Allied lives from behind enemy lines in the history of warfare. It was...
  • Comic Book Heroes: "The American Crusader Joins the Chetniks"

    01/16/2012 3:09:01 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 6 replies ^ | January 3, 2012 | Carl Savich
    Draza Mihailovich and the Chetnik guerrillas reaffirmed their status as comic book heroes in the U.S. during World War II with their appearance in Thrilling Comics, #35, in May, 1943. They were featured in the comic story The American Crusader Joins the Chetniks. The eight page script and the letters were by Richard E. Hughes, the pencils and inks by Max Plaisted, who also had created the American Crusader character. The cover, featuring the character Doc Strange, was by Jack Binder, who did the inks and pencils. Thrilling Comics were published by Standard Comics in eighty issues from February, 1940...
  • Faking History: Titos Phony War

    11/15/2011 7:37:49 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 19 replies ^ | November 15, 2011 | Carl Savich / George Jatras
    Thank goodness for those among us who remain vigilant against the lies... Review: Titos War by John Brown, World War II History Magazine, November, 2011, Volume 10, No. 7, pp. 54-61. Review by Carl Savich In the November, 2011 issue of the military history magazine "World War II History", published in Herndon, Virginia, an article entitled Titos War by Australian author John Brown purports to chronicle the conflict in Yugoslavia between Draza Mihailovichs Chetnik guerrillas and Josip Broz Titos Communist Partisans during World War II. This account is fake. It is a phony history of World War II. John Brown...
  • Remembering a Tireless Warrior - Major Richard L. Felman U.S.A.F. / Halyard Mission veteran

    11/13/2011 5:50:30 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 13 replies ^ | November 13, 2011 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Major Richard L. Felman U.S.A.F. May 29, 1921 - November 13, 1999 Major Richard Felman and Aleksandra Rebic General Mihailovich's 100th Birthday Celebration April 23, 1993 Chicago, IL U.S.A. He never stopped. It became his mission in life. For 55 years, over half a century, Major Richard L. Felman of the United States Air Force worked ceaselessly to do one thing: to repay a debt of gratitude and to say "Thank You" in a most meaningful way. As we in America just commemorated Veterans Day and are getting ready to celebrate our Thanksgiving, it is our turn to remember and...
  • General Draza Mihailovich in his own words... July 17, 2011

    07/17/2011 11:41:43 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 2 replies ^ | July 17, 2011 | Draza Mihailovich / Aleksandra Rebic
    Aleksandra's Note: Today, July 17, 2011, marks the 65th anniversary of the death of General Dragoljub-Draza Mihailovich, Supreme Commander of the Yugoslav Army in the Homeland during WWII. Among the many honors of distinction that can be attributed to General Mihailovich is leader of the first organized and successful resistance to the Nazis in all of occupied Europe. The anniversary of a death can be marked in an infinite number of ways. On this day I've chosen to share the words of Mihailovich himself. It is my hope that those who aren't familiar with who General Mihailovich really was will...
  • Dragoljub-Draza Mihailovich - "Avenger of Kosovo" : The First 25 Years...

    06/28/2011 7:27:56 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 7 replies ^ | June 28, 2011 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Draza Mihailovich as a civilian There is currently a flurry of activity surrounding the potential finding of the remains of General Draza Mihailovich in Serbia. General Mihailovich, Supreme Commander of the Yugoslav Army in the Homeland (JVUO) during World War II and leader of the Ravna Gora freedom fighters against the Nazis and the Yugoslav communists, is a controversial and legendary figure in world history. Much has been written, both true and false, about his WWII military career and life. Very little is known, especially in the English language, about his pre-WWII military career and first 25 years of life....
  • THE MYSTERY OF MIHAILOVICH - Was General Draza Mihailovich a Traitor or a Patriot?

    06/13/2011 4:16:46 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 7 replies · 1+ views ^ | 1946-2011 | Donovan Touche
    Aleksandra's Note: Ironically, even though it was Great Britain who betrayed General Mihailovich in the Second World War, it was some of her officers, diplomats, and journalists who were fairest and most effective at pinning down and exposing the truth about what really happened in Yugoslavia during WWII and the British complicity in the consequences of what transpired during and after the war. A number of excellent and honest articles about the Mihailovich tragedy were published in independent British papers during and after his trial at the hands of Tito's Yugoslav communists in 1946. Of those, the following essay by...
  • "MIHAILOVICH and I" by Major Richard L. Felman, U.S.A.F. / A True Story

    05/27/2011 7:37:49 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 13 replies ^ | May 27, 2011 | Richard L. Felman
    General Draza Mihailovich Major Richard L. Felman, USAF ***** Aleksandra's Note: The following memoir was first published in 1964 by Major Richard L. Felman of the United States Air Force. It is his personal true story of his extraordinary experiences during World War Two. It is also the story of the great Serbian patriot and Western Ally General Draza Mihailovich and the Serbs who saved the lives of over 500 Americans who were shot down over Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia in 1944. In honor of Memorial Day 2011 it's worthwhile to revisit this moment in history. As much as his story honors...
  • Draza Mihailovich: Comic Book Hero

    04/27/2011 5:23:38 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 18 replies ^ | April 27, 2011 | Carl Savich
    "Real Heroes" 1942 "What Kind of Man is a Hero?"By George J. Hecht, President and Publisher "Real Heroes" Comics and Founder of "Parents Magazine""Does War make heroes? On first thought you say, 'Yes, of course, war makes heroes.' And in a way it is true. A great many famous men would never have been known as heroes if war had not brought them fame. But on the other hand, the uniform does not make the man. He has to have the stuff inside him, before he puts on that uniform....Most of the "Chetniks" in Mihailovich's growing army of guerrilla fighters...
  • Draza Mihailovich and the Germans

    01/13/2011 7:38:07 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 14 replies
    Aleksandra' Note: The following text is from historian David Martin's excellent book "Web of Disinformation", which I highly recommend to anyone wanting to understand why we need court hearings, actual legal proceedings, to officially "rehabilitate" General Draza Mihailovich, a man who never should have been in need of "rehabilitating". The next court hearing is to take place in Belgrade, Serbia on January 28th of this year, 2011.General Mihailovich was executed by the communists in Belgrade, Serbia on July 17, 1946 after one of the phoniest trials in the history of mankind and officially declared "persona non grata" based on the...
  • Next hearing regarding Mihailovich Rehabilitation scheduled for January 28, 2011 in Serbia

    12/17/2010 5:17:00 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 5 replies · 2+ views
    Testifying at the January 28, 2011 hearing regarding the Rehabilitation of General Draza Mihailovich will be historian Slobodan Markovic, president of the Commission for finding the hidden graves of those killed by the communists after September 12, 1944 in Yugoslavia. Entered into evidence at the hearing will be recently declassified documents originating from the British Foreign Office regarding the trial and execution of General Mihailovich. To date, the remains of General Mihailovich, who was executed by the communists on July 17, 1946 in Belgrade, have not been found. "...Of all the dirt thrown at Mihailovich for more than a year,...
  • Communist Subversion From Within: Linn Farish and the Draza Mihailovich Case

    11/24/2010 3:53:37 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 6 replies ^ | November 24, 2010 | Carl Savich
    During World War II, the OSS liaison officer to Josip Broz Titos Communist Partisans was American agent Major Linn Slim Farish. Farishs accounts helped decisively to switch Allied support away from Draza Mihailovich and to Tito. But who was Farish and how credible were his reports? New evidence from the Venona decrypts reveal that he may have been an agent allegedly working for Soviet intelligence. British Brigadier Fitzroy Maclean of the Special Air Services (SAS), a special forces unit of the British Army, referred to him in Eastern Approaches (1949) as my American chief of staff. Was Linn Farish, like...

    11/16/2010 2:30:31 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 3 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | Jan. 1, 2011 / Now online | Phil Scott
    Operation Halyard was managed by the U.S. Office of Strategic Services Nick Lalich (front row, third from left) and radio operator Arthur Jibilian (back row, second from left). For U.S. airmen trapped in Yugoslavia during World War II, building a secret airstrip was their only way out.On Clare Musgroves first mission over Ploesti, Romania, he and the crew of his U.S. Army Air Forces bomber were certain to be shot at. Romania supplied the oil the Nazi war machine desperately needed for its tanks, trucks, and aircraft. While the Germans vowed to protect the flow of oil from Romanian wells...
  • Canton man Tom Connolly a big part of greatest untold story of WWII - Halyard

    11/11/2010 5:49:30 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 12 replies
    Canton Citizen ^ | November 11, 2010 | Jay Turner
    If it werent for 95-year-old George Vujnovich receiving his long-overdue Bronze Star last month a full 66 years after he helped launch the incredible, yet thoroughly overlooked Halyard rescue mission in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia in the late summer of 1944 then perhaps Paul Seerys thoughts would be elsewhere this Veterans Day. Tom Connolly and his crew celebrate on Italian soil after being rescued from Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia in late December of 1944. Also pictured are OSS agents George Vujnovich and Nick Lalich.Instead, they are fixed firmly on the memory of his old friend and former coworker at Emerson and Cuming,...
  • Reviving the movement to establish a monument to Mihailovich in Washington

    11/11/2010 3:32:20 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 10 replies ^ | November 11, 2010 | Arthur Cotton Moore/Aleksandra Rebic
    The World War II Memorial, Washington, D.C. Photo above by 2009 World War II Memorial, Washington D.C. Photo above by Randy Santos Aleksandra's Note: Years ago, in the 1970s, a movement was born to establish a monument on the grounds of Washington, D.C. to honor General Draza Mihailovich. This movement was initiated by American WWII veterans out of gratitude for all that this Serb commander did for the Allied forces that were shot down over Nazi occupied Yugoslavia and were rescued, taken care of, and returned home without a single loss of life courtesy of General Mihailovich, his...
  • "We Found Out The Truth About the Serbs...When We Were Shot Down"

    11/10/2010 1:28:21 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 39 replies · 1+ views ^ | November 10, 2010 | Richard L. Felman/Aleksandra Rebic
    Aleksandra's Note: Major Felman of the USAF is a very familiar name to many of you who visit this site. Many of you knew him personally, like I did, and counted him as a valued and dear friend. In honor of Veteran's Day and the 11th anniversary of Major Felman's passing just a couple of days after that holiday in 1999, I'm sharing one of the letters he wrote and sent out far and wide in the spring of 1996 regarding U.S. Policy in the Balkans, specifically the policy towards the Serbs. Although this letter was written 14 years ago,...
  • Halyard Mission veterans Major Richard Felman and Lt. Col. Milton Friend of the USAF reunite

    10/28/2010 4:34:30 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 2 replies ^ | October 28, 2010 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Halyard Mission veterans Major Richard Felman and Lt. Col. Milton Friend of the USAF reunite at the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Halyard Mission in Chicago, IL U.S.A. May 1994. This celebration was included in the week long 50th Anniversary commemoration of D-Day. Photo by Aleksandra RebicAleksandra's Note: As the legal proceedings to historically "rehabilitate" General Draza Mihailovich and elevate him to his proper place and standing are set to resume in Belgrade, Serbia on October 29, 2010, I wanted to share a never before published photo of two great Halyard Mission veterans who reunited at the wonderful 50th anniversary...
  • WWII US airman seeks justice for late Serb general

    10/28/2010 1:06:22 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 16 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | October 28, 2010 | DUSAN STOJANOVIC
    BELGRADE, Serbia -- An American whose U.S. Air Force bomber was shot down over the Balkans during World War II is on a new mission in the region: Correct a historic injustice against a former Serb guerrilla leader. In the summer of 1944, Lt. Col. Milton Friend's B-24 Liberator was downed by German fighter planes over central Serbia. He said Gen. Draza Mihailovic saved his life - and those of 500 of his fellow airmen - in the largest air rescue of Americans behind enemy lines during a war. The former Air Force navigator, now 88 and living in Boynton...
  • 66 Years Later, a Bronze Star for a Hero From Queens [George Vujnovich}

    10/15/2010 10:08:57 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 14, 2010 | COREY KILGANNON
    <p>George Vujnovich at home in Jackson Heights, Queens. On Sunday, he is to receive a Bronze Star for his role in a daring rescue of more than 500 Allied forces airmen during World War II.</p> <p>For more than 50 years, George Vujnovich was a mild-mannered salesman working away at his small business in Queens and living a quiet life on a quiet block in Jackson Heights. He never spoke, even to his closest friends, about his secret role organizing one of the greatest rescue missions of World War II.</p>
  • CAPT. GEORGE VUJNOVICH OF THE HALYARD MISSION to be honored at Bronze Medal Ceremony in New York

    10/12/2010 3:45:52 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 4 replies · 2+ views ^ | October 12, 2010 | Congressman Dan Burton (IN)
    Major George Vujnovich of the 1944 Halyard Mission revisits Pranjane, Serbia in September of 2004 Photo courtesy of OSS Radioman Arthur "Jibby" Jibilian FROM MR. NENAD MILINKOVIC: Dear Friends, Attached is the actual entry into the Congressional Record of the U.S. Congress submitted by Rep. Dan Burton (IN) this week on behalf of the award of THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL to Maj. George Vujnovich. Please feel free to share this wonderful news. Please also note that the formal medal award ceremony for George Vujnovich will take place at the parish hall of Saint Sava's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in New...
  • George Vujnovich, Serb-American OSS Chief of Halyard Mission, awarded U.S. BRONZE STAR Medal

    09/27/2010 8:44:33 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 6 replies ^ | September 27, 2010 | Aleksandra Rebic / Nenad Milinkovic
    Aleksandra's Note: I first met Major George Vujnovich, OSS Chief of the Halyard Mission, in Chicago in May of 1994, when the 50th Anniversary of Operation Halyard was being celebrated as part of the worldwide D-Day Commemorations. I remember being struck by what a lovely person he was. Such an important figure in Allied relations during a very critical time in 1944, yet such a humble and gentle soul he was. Thank you to those who began this initiative to officially recognize Major George Vujnovich with such a prestigious and well deserved award and kept it going for two years....
  • As September 16, 2010 dawns, Serbia has an opportunity to redeem herself

    09/15/2010 5:52:10 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 27 replies ^ | September 15, 2010 | Aleksandra Rebic
    General Mihailovich at the 1946 trial that would end with his execution. The hills of Ivanjica, Serbia Photo by Z. Pejovich In America it is still September 15th. In Serbia the first hours of September 16th are passing through the night. This is an important day in the history of Serbia. This is the day when Serbia has an opportunity to redeem herself.On this day Serbia must forget blaming others. She must face her own direct accountability in putting to death one of her greatest heroes and most loyal sons and begin the journey to redemption. On this day, September...
  • Hearing for the Rehabilitation of General Mihailovich set for September 16th in Belgrade Court

    09/02/2010 4:58:11 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 3 replies ^ | September 2, 2010 | Aleksandra Rebic
    General Draza Mihailovich On September 16, 2010, the Higher Court in Belgrade, formerly the Third Municipal Court at 15 Timocka Street, will be hearing the Case for the Rehabilitation of General Dragoljub Draza Mihailovich.It is my sincere hope that on that September day, Draza's beloved Serbia, the homeland that so many genuine Christian Serbian patriots fought and died for, finally regains her soul. The following is from my 2007 essay "Serbia's History needs to be Rewritten" and as this September hearing nears, I wanted to share a reminder of why it matters: "To wipe out all the positive traces of...