BULGARIAN Army in 1920s-1930s (organization, equipment)

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Postby dibo » 27 Dec 2004 22:42

BIGpanzer wrote:By the way - do you have the list of Bulgarian commanders of infantry and cavalry divisions/regiments in 1920s-1930s, as well as commanders of Border Guards and Gendarmerie of Bulgaria in the same period.


AFAIK nobody has such a list. :(

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Postby dibo » 28 Dec 2004 08:33

Here is a list of the Air Force Commanders from here:
http://www.krile.net/viewtopic.php?p=62820#62820

Colonel Ivan Andreev Mihailov
Commander of the Air Force Regiment 07.1931 - 01.06.1934;
Comannder of the Air force 01.06.1934-1935;

Lieutenant Colonel Georgi Minev Popvasilev
Commander of the Air Force 1935-10.1936

Major General Vasil Tenev Boydev
Commander of the Air Force 10.1936-07.1941

Major General Dimitar Vasilev Ayrianov
Commander of the Air Force 07.1941-09.09.1944

Colonel Georgi Stoimenov Drenikov
Commander of the Air Force 09.09.1944-10.10.1944.

Major General Gancho Ivanov Manchev
Commander of the Air Force 10.10.1944-1946
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Postby BIGpanzer » 28 Dec 2004 11:47

Good day, Dibo!

Thanks you again for the quite rear info - the list of commanders of Bulgarian Air Force. Just two questions - was D. Ayrianov General-Major or General-Lieutenant? Different sources give different information.....
And when he was the commander of BAF - 1941-1943 or 1941-1944 (again different information I have...). You wrote about Colonel Drenikov - commander of BAF in 1934-1944 (probably, misprint, should be 09.1944-10.1944).

As for the list of Bulgarian commanders of infantry and cavalry divisions/regiments in 1920s-1930s, as well as commanders of Border Guards and Gendarmerie of Bulgaria in the same period - yes, I understand, such info is possible to find only in Bulgarian military archives, probably. But I am trying to find such information..., may be list not from all 20 years between wars, at least from one year - 1925 or 1930, for example. At least one name of the commander of Border Guards or Gendarmerie of that period.... And the names of general inspectors of infantry, cavalry, artillery and pioneer units of Bulgarian Army (if such offices existed). If I`ll find something let you know immediately, promised :)

Do you have something to add to the information about Bulgarian defense industry which I found recently (see above, posted yesterday)?

Also, dear Dibo, could you provide me with the information about the organization and equipment of Bulgarian Air Force in 1920-1939? I know a little bit about this, just very few :D
Also I am going to order the book "Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria" in 4 parts from the site you advised me, but this will take some time....
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Postby dibo » 28 Dec 2004 12:09

BIGpanzer wrote:Good day, Dibo!

Thanks you again for the quite rear info - the list of commanders of Bulgarian Air Force. Just two questions - was D. Ayrianov General-Major or General-Lieutenant? Different sources give different information.....
And when he was the commander of BAF - 1941-1943 or 1941-1944 (again different information I have...). You wrote about Colonel Drenikov - commander of BAF in 1934-1944 (probably, misprint, should be 09.1944-10.1944).

As for the list of Bulgarian commanders of infantry and cavalry divisions/regiments in 1920s-1930s, as well as commanders of Border Guards and Gendarmerie of Bulgaria in the same period - yes, I understand, such info is possible to find only in Bulgarian military archives, probably. But I am trying to find such information..., may be list not from all 20 years between wars, at least from one year - 1925 or 1930, for example. At least one name of the commander of Border Guards or Gendarmerie of that period.... If I`ll find something let you know immediately, promised :)

Do you have something to add to the information about Bulgarian defense industry which I found recently (see above, posted yesterday)?

Also, dear Dibo, could you provide me with the information about the organization and equipment of Bulgarian Air Force in 1920-1939? I know a little bit about this, just very few :D
Also I am going to order the book "Air Power of the Kingdom of Bulgaria" in 4 parts from the site you advised me, but this will take some time....


Ayrianov was a MG. See my list at
viewtopic.php?t=65954&start=30

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Postby dibo » 28 Dec 2004 19:43

BIGPanzer, check your e-mail :)

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Armored Forces of Bulgaria in 1930s

Postby BIGpanzer » 28 Dec 2004 20:25

Dear Dibo!!!
Thanks a lot for the pictures of Bulgarian panzermen. The image of Bulgarian Armored Troops Badge (1935) is also very interesting, I know several badges of Bulgarian Air Force of that period, but as for such badge of Armored Troops - had no information before.

And the Armored Forces of Bulgaria in the end of 1930s was indeed very small, had no armor suitable for modern warfare (only 14 Italian tankettes CV3/33 and 8 British Vickers Armstrong 6-ton light tanks Mk.E alternative B - was almost nothing......, thank you for info, Dibo). And Bulgarian Armored Battalion (Druzhina), which was formed 2 February 1939 from the first (CV3/33 tankettes, was formed in March 1935) and second (Mk.E light tanks, was formed in September 1936) armored companies, was used mainly for guarding the borders and training, though later elements of the Battalion took part in the occupation of South Dobrudja. The companies continued to be used as independent units.

A few words about Czechoslovakian LT vz. 35 in Bulgarian service since 1940. In June of 1939, General R. Rusev, who was in Berlin, introduced to the German Foreign Ministry and to the command of the German Wehrmacht the great needs of the Bulgarian Army. He insisted on the delivery of 26 light tanks (without specifying their type) and other military equipment, needed for the construction of the so-called Covering front along the Southern border (against the danger of Turkey). In the beginning of July 1939, the Bulgarian prime-minister Georgi Kioseivanov visited Berlin and insisted on the delivery of 30-40 Czech tanks, saying, that "the hopes of Bulgaria are in the strength of Germany". On 22.07.1939, the Fuhrer made a decision for the delivery of armament to the politically important countries, putting Bulgaria at first place with the most important of its requests, like the one for the 30-40 Czechoslovakian LT vz. 35 light tanks built by CKD. In the end of the 1939, with the war already going on, a contract was made between the Government of the Kingdom of Bulgaria and AKG "Ausfurgeselschaft für Kriegsgerat GmbH" - Berlin for the delivery of 36 military vehicles - trophies at lower prices.
Among those 36 LT vz. 35 10 were improved LT vz. 35 tanks built for Afghanistan (they were handed over to Bulgaria as T-11). T-11 was fitted with a modern Skoda 37 mm A-7 L/47.8 main gun, instead of the standard 37mm A-3 L/40 gun.


As for organization of Bulgarian Air Force - thanks...thanks...very-very much.....excellent... :D :D :D
Need some days to read and analyze!

The link about Bulgarian military aircrafts is also very interesting, but some information is on Bulgarian language, so I can understand not so many, despite that I know Cyrillic alphabet. I have some another links about Bulgarian aviation (even on Bulgarian also, as me seems), will give you them this week, need to find them. Of course, probably, you know these links.
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Postby BIGpanzer » 28 Dec 2004 21:39

Dear Dibo!
I am trying now to find some info about Bulgarian military academies and schools in 1920-1939.
As far as I know after WWI universal compulsory military service was abolished in Bulgaria. According to Neuilly Treaty Bulgaria should have only one military school. Another side I found an information that in 1930s there were Royal Military Academy, Royal Cavalry Academy, Royal Artillery Academy and Royal Pilot Academy in Bulgaria as well as Royal Marine Navy School. Do you have some info about this?

Do you have in archive (or may be know references) some photos of Bulgarian artillery of 1920s-1930s (field guns, AT or AA-guns, trench mortars at positions with crews)? Seems to be quite rare photos, I couldn`t find any photos of Bulgarian guns, only from WWI period.

Thank you in advance, Dibo!
Best regards.
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Postby AJK » 29 Dec 2004 16:50

Hi BIGpanzer,

Here are some commanders/Inspectors of the Borderguard, Gendarmerie and infantry, cavalry and artillery. I too would like to compile a complete list of the holders of these positions.

Best wishes,

AJK

General-Mayor Stefan Bojadzhiev
1943: Inspector of Artillery

General-Mayor Aleksandr Davidov (1878 - 1925)
1923 - 1924: Inspector of Borderguards

General-Mayor Petar Karov
1941 - 1943: Inspector of Infantry

General of Cavalry Aleksandyr Kisiov (1879 - 1964)
1922 - 1928: Inspector of Cavalry
1929 - 1931: Inspector-General of Gendarmerie

General-Mayor Petyr Kovachev
1934 - ?: Inspector of Borderguards

General-Leytenant Ivan Semerdzhiev
1930 -?: Chief of Borderguards

General-Leytenant Nikola Stoychev (1891 - ?)
1934?: Inspector of Artillery

General-Mayor Vladimir Taniechev
1933 - 1934: Inspector of Artillery

General-Leytenant Vladimir Zaimov (1888 - 1942)
1935 - 1939: Inspector of Artillery

General-Leytenant Atanas Zhilkov (1888 - ?)
1938: Inspector of Cavalry

General-Leytenant Petko Ivanov Zlatev (1881 - 1948)
1928 - 1934: Inspector of Cavalry

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Postby BIGpanzer » 29 Dec 2004 17:34

Hi, AJK!
Great info!!!! 8O For shure, I couldn`t find it!!! Thanks a lot, dear AJK!!!
Even about organization of Bulgarian Army the info is not many, to be truth far away from many (thanks Dibo for big help, by the way), but about commanders of Bulgarian Army of interwar period the information is very-...-very few.

May be you know also the Bulgarian inspectors of infantry (or commanders of infantry regiments/divisions) during 1920s-1930s? At least one name of the commander or inspector (if this was exist) of Bulgarian engineer and communication troops of 1920-1939?

Best regards, BIGPanzer

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Postby dibo » 29 Dec 2004 18:03

BIGpanzer wrote: At least one name of the commander or inspector (if this was exist) of Bulgarian engineer and communication troops of 1920-1939?

Best regards, BIGPanzer


Engineer troops inspectors
01.01.1915-17.10.1918 Major General Stoyan Zagorski
17.10.1918-01.03.1920 Major General Simeon Dobrevski
01.03.1920-02.11.1920 Colonel Vasil Atanasov
02.11.1920-08.12.1921 Colonel Milko Hadjiev
08.12.1921-24.01.1924 Colonel Dimitar Rasheev
24.01.1924-05.07.1928 Colonel Anton Kovachev
05.07.1928-15.05.1930 Colonel Georgi Vylkov
15.05.1930-15.11.1932 Major General Vladimir Bakalov
19.11.1932-19.05.1934 Major General Trayan Draganov
21.05.1934-17.02.1938 Major General Petar Petrov
17.02.1938-16.10.1943 Major General Nikola Hristov
16.10.1943-21.10.1944 Major General Hristo Peev
21.10.1944-05.08.1950 Major General Peiyu Staribratov

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Postby BIGpanzer » 29 Dec 2004 18:49

Dibo!
Again no words....Of course, again thank you very much for this info!!!! 8O
What is the source of such full list?

I have several questions, please, see the reply from 28.12.2004, 21:39.

Best regards and good luck in your research, BIGPanzer

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Postby dibo » 29 Dec 2004 20:02

The Official History of the Bulgarian Engineers edition 1992


And I know you have questions, but I don't have answers to these particular questions :(

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Postby AJK » 29 Dec 2004 21:48

Hi dibo!

I second BIGpanzer's gratitude regarding the information. You are indeed a unmatched source of knowledge about the Bulgarian Armed Forces.

Since you have a complete list of Inspectors of Engineer Trrops, would you by chance also have a complete list of the Inspectors of Infantry, Cavalry and Artillery?

One other question: You have MG Stoyan Zagorski as Inspector of Engineers during 1915 - 1918. Is this the same officer as MG Anton Zagorski, which you include in your list of Bulgarian Generals 1900 - 1945, or is it a separate officer?

Happy New Year to you, and best wishes,

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Postby AJK » 29 Dec 2004 23:23

Hi BIGpanzer,

Below is a list of all the Division commanders that I have in my files. As you can see, there are a lot of gaps (except for the 8th Infantry Division), but at least it might provide some help to you.

Best wishes,

AJK


Commander, Cavalry Division
1912 - 1913: General-Leytenant Atanas Nazlumov
1915 - ?: General-Leytenant Aleksandyr Tenev
?: General-Mayor Genko Marholev


Commander, 1st Infantry Division
1909 - 1912: General of Infantry Stefan Toshev
1915: General-Leytenant Yanko Draganov
?: General-Leytenant Hristo Nedjalkov
?: General-Mayor Dimitar Ruschev
1933 - 1934: General-Leytenant Stefan Tsanev
1934 - 1935: General-Mayor Stanislav Kraiovski
1935: General-Mayor Georgi Tanovski
1935 - 1938: General-Leytenant Konstantin Lukash
1943: General-Mayor Kosta Stoyanov


Commander, 2nd Infantry Division
1899 - 1903: General of Infantry Nikola Ivanov
1907 - 1909: General-Leytenant Ivan Fichev
1909 - 1912: General of Infantry Stilian Kovachev
1912 - 1915: General of Infantry Dimitar Geshev
1915 - 1916: General-Mayor Genko Marholev
1917 - 1918: General-Leytenant Hristo Burmov
1918 - ?: General-Mayor Ivan Rusev
1931 - 1933: General-Leytenant Stefan Tsanev
1934: General-Leytenant Todor Georgiev
1934: General-Leytenant Hristo Lukov (II)
1943: General-Mayor Kiril Popbozhilov


Commander, 3rd Infantry Division
1912 - 1914: General-Mayor Ivan Sarafov
1914 - 1915: General-Leytenant Kiril Botev
1915 - ?: General-Leytenant Nikola Ribarov
1934 - 1935: General-Leytenant Hristo Lukov (II)


Commander, 4th Infantry Division
1905 - 1909: General of Infantry Stilian Kovachev
1910 - 1913: General-Leytenant Kliment Bojadzhiev
1915 - ?: General of Infantry Panaiot Kiselov
1932 - 1933: General-Leytenant Todor Georgiev
1943: General-Mayor Georgi Kovachev


Commander, 5th Infantry Division
1903 - 1907: General of Infantry Nikola Ivanov
1915 - 1916: General-Leytenant Panaiot Byrnev
1916 - 1917: General of Infantry Sava Savov
?: General-Mayor Ivan Bonchev
? - 1922: General of Cavalry Aleksandyr Kisiov
1935 - 1936: General of Infantry Teodosi Daskalov
1943: General-Mayor Hristofor Serafimov


Commander, 6th Infantry Division
?: General-Leytenant Kiril Botev
1905 - 1907: General-Leytenant Vicho Dikov
1912 - 1913: General of Infantry Pravoslav Tenev
1940 - 1942: General-Leytenant Ivan K. Marinov
1943 - 1944: General-Mayor Rafail Banov


Commander, 7th Infantry Division
1910 - 1913: General of Infantry Georgi Todorov (I)
1915: General-Mayor Konstantin Zhostov
1915 - ?: General-Mayor Vylko Vasilev
?: General-Mayor Stefan Tasev
1918 - ?: General-Mayor Aleksandr Davidov
1921 - 1922: General of Infantry Nikola Bakardzhiev
1944: General-Mayor Boris Bogdanov


Commander, 8th Infantry Division
1903 - 1908: General-Mayor Ivan Sarafov
1908 - 1911: General-Leytenant Vulko Velchev
1911 - 1915: General-Mayor Dimitar Kirkov
1915 - 1916: General-Mayor Todor Mitov
1916 - 1917: General-Mayor Georgi Boshnakov
1917 - 1919: General-Leytenant Stefan Bogdanov
1919 - 1920: General-Mayor Lazar Kozarov
1920 - 1921: General-Mayor Vladimir Stoyanov
1921 - 1922: Polkovnik Mincho Banovski
1922 - 1923: Polkovnik Tinko Vitanov
1923 - 1925: Polkovnik Stoyan Gasharov
1925 - 1926: Polkovnik Georgi Spasov
1926 - 1932: General-Mayor Atanas Vatev
1932 - 1934: General-Leytenant Nikola Stoychev
1934 - 1935: General-Mayor Nikola Nedev
1935 - 1936: General-Mayor Georgi Tanovski
1936: Polkovnik Hristo Petkov
1936 - 1941: General-Mayor Asen Daskalov
1941 - 1944: General-Mayor Asen Sirakov
1944: General-Mayor Nikola Grozdanov
1944 - 1946: General-Mayor Boris Harizanov


Commander, 9th Infantry Division
?: General-Leytenant Georgi Vazov
1914 - 1916: General of Infantry Stefan Nerezov
1943 - 1944: General-Mayor Dimitar Yanchev


Commander, 10th Infantry Division
1915 - 1916: General-Leytenant Ivan Kolev
1916 - 1917: General-Leytenant Hristo Burmov
1917: General-Mayor Ivan Petrov
1917 - 1918: General-Mayor Ivan Pashinov
?: General-Mayor Aleksandr Davidov


Commander, 11th Infantry Division
1915 - ?: General-Leytenant Krystiu Zlatarev
1944 - 1945: General-Mayor Angel Dotsev


Commander, 12th Infantry Division
1915 - 1917: General-Leytenant Georgi Abadzhiev
1917 - 1918: General-Mayor Asen Nikolov (I)
1941: General-Mayor Petar Karov


Commander, 13th Infantry Division
1912 - ?: General-Mayor Hristo Lukov (I)


Commander, 14th Infantry Division
1916 - 1917: General-Mayor Alexander Protogerov
1917 - 1918: General-Mayor Mihail Sapunarov
1943: General-Mayor Aleksandyr Popdimitrov


Commander, 15th Infantry Division
1942 - 1944: General-Leytenant Ivan K. Marinov


Commander, 16th Infantry Division
? - 1941: Polkovnik G. Genov
1941 - 1943: General-Mayor Trifon Trifonov


Commander, 21st Infantry Division
1942: General-Mayor Vasil Manov


Commander, 24th Infantry Division
1943: General-Mayor Simeon Simov

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Postby dibo » 30 Dec 2004 09:16

AJK wrote:Hi dibo!

I second BIGpanzer's gratitude regarding the information. You are indeed a unmatched source of knowledge about the Bulgarian Armed Forces.

Since you have a complete list of Inspectors of Engineer Trrops, would you by chance also have a complete list of the Inspectors of Infantry, Cavalry and Artillery?

One other question: You have MG Stoyan Zagorski as Inspector of Engineers during 1915 - 1918. Is this the same officer as MG Anton Zagorski, which you include in your list of Bulgarian Generals 1900 - 1945, or is it a separate officer?

Happy New Year to you, and best wishes,

AJK


No, I don't have such a list.
Thanks, corrected the list. It is the same officer and the correct name is indeed Stoyan Zagorski.
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