Yugoslavia Joins the Axis Powers. and then they don’t - WW2 - 083 - March 28, 1941

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Yugoslavia Joins the Axis Powers. and then they don’t - WW2 - 083 - March 28, 1941 5

Yugoslavia joins the Axis powers, which then triggers a pro-Allied coup, angering Hitler. Meanwhile, the Italians fail to outsmart the British as the Japanese hope to capitalise on their superior army.

Written and Hosted by: Indy Neidell
Produced and Directed by: Spartacus Olsson and Astrid Deinhard
Executive Producers: Bodo Rittenauer, Astrid Deinhard, Indy Neidell, Spartacus Olsson
Creative Producer: Joram Appel
Post-Production Director: Wieke Kapteijns
Research by: Indy Neidell
Edited by: Iryna Dulka

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- Daniel Weiss

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- Littorio class Battleship drawing by David Orlović from Wikimedia
- Italian heavy cruiser Pola drawing by K.E.Sergeev
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NOTE BY INDY: I researched and wrote this episode in January. Since then I have done deep research on the fighting for Greece and Crete, as well as the Barbarossa planning. I can now say unequivocally that I do NOT believe the actions in Yugoslavia had anything to do with Hitler changing the start of Barbarossa.

I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe in these tumultuous times. Indy was meant to fly back to Stockholm after a very full week of shooting, but hiss flight was changed to an earlier time (which they didn't tell him), so now he's 'stuck' in the studio in Bavaria. He hopes to be able to fly back soon, but until then we're writing and shooting a few more episodes for you. We hope we're able to bring you all some distraction, relief or perspective. Stay safe!
Cheers, Joram

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Author — World War Two


British: 3 casualties.
Italians: 3300+ casualties.
At this point even joking about Italian military incompetence feels wrong. It's just sad.

Author — Perfectly Fine


The Serbians always know how to make a grand entrance into world wars!

Author — The Tsar Of Salt


Yugoslavian Coup: "No, we're not going to join the Axis!"
Hitler: "So you have chosen death..."

Author — David Beach


And here, We can see Hitler's subtle thinking regarding Yugoslavia.
"I have decided to destroy Yugoslavia"
Very subtle.

Author — Andy Xu


"Did you destroy the Italian Navy?"
"What did it cost?"
"Like 3 men and a plane"

Author — Incendere Moonlite


Germany: "So you're finally gonna join the Axis?"
Yugoslavia: "Well yes, but actually no."

Author — Boris Zatezalo


Plutonium eh? Probably just some scientific curiosity, doubt anything of note will come of it.

Author — Karl Bragisen


Paul: *makes Yugoslavia join the Axis powers* Peter II: “I’m going to do what’s called a pro gamer move”

Author — Bruh Moment


Indy: "...subtle nuances..."
Me: "Mmm, even possible!?"
a second later... LOL!

Author — Stefano Pinchetti


Its the yugoslavs, they hate pretending to be mates with someone they hate even if it means their countries defeat

Author — Cor Blimey


Yugoslavia: what happens when the moral thing to do and the pragmatic thing to do are very far apart.

Author — MJBull515


People on Belgrade streets were yelling "Better war than a pact, better the grave than a slave", well mostly Serbs were yelling that.

Really suprised that the comment sections isn't bad and not filled with arguments that have nothing to do with WW2 (*cough* 90's *cough*)

Author — Vladimir Agatonović


Go to Hitler quote:
"I have decided to destroy [Insert Nation-State Name]."

Author — mr guderian


Hitler: "I´m going to destroy Poland." - "I´m going to destroy France." - "I´m going to destroy Great Britain." - "I´m going to destroy Soviet Union." - "I´m going to destroy Yugoslavia..." - What a strategically versatile chap he was.

Author — Perebynis


"The Italians though have been making offensive moves of their own this week, at sea"
- Huh, really?
"W-well, trying to"
- Ah, yes, there it is.

Author — Abdul Masaiev


My great grandfather fought in east Macedonia. When the Germans started pushing he went to hide in the forest and after 1 month he returned home. One day when he went on a train 2 people form KPJ (Communist party of Yugoslavia) called him to join the partisans and he joined. He fought the Germans for another 4 years and survived.

Author — Nick Production


If the Greeks ever doubt how much the Serbs love them, let them only remember what they did for them on the 28th of March. Still a better love story than Twilight!

Author — doudeau1988


Last time I was this early, Serbia had suffered enough during the first war.

Author — sp2004


Mustache man: "I am going to destroy Yugoslavia."
Historians hundreds of years later: "What does it all mean?!"

Author — echo9835