• Short Summary

    YUGOSLAVIA WAS THE ONLY NATIONAL FORCE IN EUROPE DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR TO LIBERATE THEMSELVES.

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    YUGOSLAVIA WAS THE ONLY NATIONAL FORCE IN EUROPE DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR TO LIBERATE THEMSELVES. THE LESSONS LEARNT BY THE GUERILLA MOVEMENT, HEADED BY MARSHALL TITO, BETWEEN 1941 AND 1945, ARE TODAY BEING TAUGHT TO ALMOST EVERY YUGOSLAVIAN.

    AT LAST COUNT THERE WERE MORE THAN 11 AND A HALF MILLON PEOPLE IN YUGOSLAVIA BETWEEN THE AGES OF 14 AND 65...AND THE MAJORITY OF THEM HAVE BY NOW RECEIVED SOME FORM OF MILITARY TRAINING. UNDER A LAW PASSED LAST JANUARY, MEN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18 AND 65 AND WOMEN BETWEEN 18 AND 40 ARE REQUIRED TO JOIN THE YUGOSLAVIAN PEOPLE'S ARMY.

    FOR MOST SCHOOL CHILDREN TRAINING BEGINS AT FOURTEEN. THEY ARE GIVEN A SPECIAL TEXT BOOK WHICH TELLS THEM HOW TO HANDLE MACHINE GUNS, RIFLES AND HAND GRENADES. INSTRUCTION IS USUALLY GIVEN BY A FORMER ARMY OFFICER WHO FOUGHT DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR. GIRLS ARE TAUGHT FIRST AID AND RESCUE WORK IN ADDITION TO WEAPONRY AND GUERILLA TACTICS. AT THE END OF EACH YEAR STUDENTS MUST PASS AN EXAMINATION.

    FOR THE WORKERS IN FACTORIES ITS A SIMILAR STORY. EACH PLANT HAS ITS OWN UNIT. IT'S OUTFITTED BY THE EMPLOYERS WHO ARE EXPECTED TO SUPPLY THEIR WORKERS WITH GUNS AND EQUIPMENT. IN THE LAST EIGHTEEN MONTHS TEN MILLION POUNDS (28 MILLION DOLLARS) WORTH OF ARMS HAVE BEEN ISSUED TO FACTORIES.

    THE YUGOSLAVIAN ARMY'S ROLE HASN'T BECOME SECONDARY DESPITE THE EMPHASIS ON GUERILLA TRAINING. WHILE THE PEOPLE'S ARMY WILL FORM THE BACKBONE OF THE COUNTRY'S DEFENCE IN THE EVENT OF WAR, THE REGULAR ARMY WILL BE USED TO STALL THE ADVANCE OF THE INVADING FORCE WHILE THE COUNTRY MOBILISES. ONCE THIS HAS HAPPENED THE ARMY ITSELF WILL TURN TO GUERILLA TACTICS
    THE HEAD OF THE PEOPLE'S ARMY WAS ASKED WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF YUGOSLAVIA WAS INVADED TOMORROW.....

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    Film ID:
    VLVAELRV0IA4Z1IKPS4DNEIW0S3JH
    Media URN:
    VLVAELRV0IA4Z1IKPS4DNEIW0S3JH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/01/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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