Josip Broz Tito was the lifelong president of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and was regarded as the key reason behind its liberation.
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In WW1, Josip Broz Tito was a member of the Austro-Hungarian army. He was a sergeant and fought on the Serbian front, before getting transferred to Russia, where he got captured.
The years between the wars, Tito spent as a member of the Yugoslav communist party and would send reports to Russian NKVD. The reports resulted in more than 700 Yugoslav communists cleansed, as Broz took this as an opportunity to get rid of his rivals.
WW2 saw Tito become the leader of the Yugoslav partisans, the most effective resistance movement in Europe. After being victorious, Tito became president of the new Yugoslavia.
Life standard in Yugoslavia was pretty high. Except for Tito’s political opponents – Broz used an island called Goli Otok as a prison.
Tito, who didn’t see eye to eye with Stalin, started becoming distant from the Soviet Union. This resulted in Yugoslavia being kicked out of the Cominform and Stalin attempted multiple times to get rid of Tito. He failed every time and stopped once Tito told him he’d retaliate.
During Josip Broz Tito’s presidency, Yugoslavia was respected throughout the world. Tito held great relations with both Eastern and Western Blocs and was one of the five founders of the Non-Aligned Movement.
After his death, Tito’s funeral in Belgrade was the biggest state funeral at the time.
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