The 75th anniversary of the “Belgrade Offensive” was commemorated by a Party ceremony, including laying wreaths at the Memorial Cemetery of Belgrade Liberators.
The tribute to the fallen heroes, members of the National Liberation Army and the Red Army was paid by the General Secretary of NKPJ with members of CC of NKPJ.
75 years ago, the Red Army launched the Belgrade strategic offensive against Nazi Germany. Soviet soldiers attacked the Nazi position along with units of the People's Liberation Army of Yugoslavia. During the fighting, vast territories in the east of the country, as well as its capital, Belgrade, were liberated. German forces stationed in the southern Balkan Peninsula lost the ability to quickly connect with other units of the Wehrmacht. This greatly facilitated the process of liberation of Hungary and the rest of the Balkans.
During the Belgrade operation, the Nazis lost about 45 thousand people killed and captured, were forced to retreat 200 km and lost control of the southern and eastern parts of the Balkan Peninsula. The irretrievable losses of the Soviet troops amounted to 4350 people.
The Belgrade operation played an important strategic role in the war. She created the conditions for the liberation of Hungary and the Balkans, and also brought closer the final victory over Nazism.
By the end of 1944, with the help of the Red Army the Partisans liberated Serbia and by May 1945 the remaining Yugoslav territories.
Yugoslavia were among the countries that had the greatest losses in the war: 1.700.000 (10.8% of the population) people were killed and national damages were estimated at 9.1 billion dollars according to the prices of that period.