Tuesday, June 21, 2011
The Military Museum, Yugoslavia
As in the case of our Military Museums Library, many of the books in the Chicksands Collection were also gifts. Fourteen Centuries of Struggle for Freedom was published by The Military Museum (Vojni muzej Beograd) in Belgrade (in what was then Yugoslavia) in 1968.
In 1973, Peter Carington, 6th Baron Carrington, visited the Museum in his role as Defence Minister of Great Britain. He went on to serve as British Foreign Secretary (1979-1982) and as the sixth Secretary of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) from 1984 to 1988.
A presentation copy of the book was formally inscribed to Carrington, using Olde English Texte calligraphy (thanks to Donna Zambory for that information) to commemorate his visit on November 28th 1973.
In turn, Carrington presented it to the Defence Library in January 1975.
As the history of a military past that has changed radically in the past quarter century this book is a fascinating remnant of the former Yugoslavian armed forces. It is also a lesson in documenting the formation and growth of a military museum.
The Museum, founded in 1878, holds weapons from the Greek and Roman periods, through the Middle Ages, to tanks liberated from both the Allied & Axis forces during World War II.
The Museum, which is now located in Serbia, continues to document military history. Recently, an exhibit featured remnants of a US stealth aircraft downed by the Serbians during the recent war.
Thanks to Allison Wagner for pointing out this title.