NIE SÚ MI ZNÁME DÔVODY, PREČO NEMÔŽEM SLÚŽIŤ V ČS. ARMÁDE. VÝPOVEDE PLK. GŠT. ALOJZA BALLAYA NA VYŽIADANIE ORGÁNOV ČS. ARMÁDY Z ROKU 1946 K SLUŽBE V SLOVENSKEJ ARMÁDE 1939 – 1945 (1. ČASŤ)
I’m not aware of any reasons, why shouldn’t I serve in the CS Army. Statements of General Staff Colonel, Alojz Ballay, required by the CS Army authorities from 1946 on the service in the Slovak Army (Part 1)
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Military service of the Slovak Army members in 1939-1945, in particular their active cooperation with the representatives of the German military missions in Slovakia as well as the participation in the battles against USSR along with Germany, continues to belong to the interesting chapters of the Slovak military history. One of the outstanding personalities of the Slovak military history is General Staff Colonel, Alojz Ballay, who held important command and staff functions in 1939-1944. He left his personal trail particular in the Slovak aviation, the members of which participated successfully in several operations on the Soviet-German frontline. In 1942-1943, he held the function of the Chief of Command of the Aerial Weapons and following the departure of General Staff Colonel Š. Jurech to the Eastern frontline, also the substitute Commander of the Aerial Weapons. With effect from 1 January 1944, he was appointed the Commander of Aerial Weapons by the President of the Slovak Republic and remained in this position until the time shortly before declaration of the Slovak National Uprising, when he was appointed the military attaché at the Slovak Embassy in Berlin, as a replacement for the II. Class General A. Malár. His accounts of the work in the command and staff functions in 1939-1944, as well as the historical events he participated in or witnessed, are summed up in his statements from 1946, he submitted on the CS Army request.
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