Branko Mamula

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Branko Mamula
Бранко Мамула
4th Federal Secretary of People's Defense of Yugoslavia
In office
5 May 1982 – 15 May 1988
Preceded byNikola Ljubičić
Succeeded byVeljko Kadijević
Personal details
Born (1921-05-30) 30 May 1921 (age 99)
Vrginmost, Kordun, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Political partySKJ
AwardsOrder of the Hero of Socialist Labour
Military service
AllegianceSocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Branch/serviceYugoslav People's Army
Years of service1941–1988
RankFleet Admiral
Battles/warsWorld War II

Branko "Đuro" Mamula (Serbian Cyrillic: Бранко "Ђурo" Мамула; born 30 May 1921) is a retired Yugoslav officer who participated in World War II in Yugoslavia. He was later the Minister of Defence of Yugoslavia from 1982 to 1988.


Mamula was born in Kordun to an ethnic Serb family. He joined League of Communist Youth of Yugoslavia in 1940 and at the start of World War II in Yugoslavia in 1941 he joined the Partisan resistance movement. In 1942, he joined Communist Party of Yugoslavia. During the war, he was put in charge of numerous units, moving through the ranks of the Partisans. Before he became the Defence Minister, he held the rank of Admiral as Chief of the General Staff of Yugoslav People's Army from 1979 to 1982. After becoming Defence Minister in 1983, he was promoted to Admiral of the Fleet. He lived in Opatija until 1991.[1][2] Since 2007, he has been living in Tivat, Montenegro.

The entrance to Branko Mamula's former villa in Opatija, Croatia, with signpost in English: "Mamula is Gone".


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  1. ^ Profile,; accessed 19 September 2016.(in Croatian)
  2. ^ Berislav Jelinić; Eduard Šostarić; Maroje Mihovilović (27 February 2006). "1789 agenata KOS-a u RH" [1789 Yugoslav secret service agents in Croatia]. Nacional (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
Military offices
Preceded by
Stane Potočar
Chief of the General Staff of the Yugoslav People's Army
10 July 1979 – 5 May 1982
Succeeded by
Petar Gračanin
Political offices
Preceded by
Nikola Ljubičić
Federal Secretary of People's Defence of Yugoslavia
5 May 1982 – 15 May 1988
Succeeded by
Veljko Kadijević