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The Bulgarian Army

The Peace Treaty of Neuilly (November 27th,1919) partitions once again the Bulgarian nation , hinders its economic and cultural development and harms the state sovereignty. Its military clauses do not allow keeping of a modern mass army. The staff of the Armed Forces is reduced to 30 000, including the gendarmerie and the border troops. The Air Force and the Navy are liquidated. The conscript system is abolished and substituted with the voluntary system for completion of the army instead.

In the middle of 1930s becomes possible the gradual modernization and improvement of the material and technical supplies of the Bulgarian Army to be provided from abroad. Formed are Motorized, Armored, Tank, Air Force and Navy units. This process is speeded up significantly after the Agreement of Solun (Eng. –Thessaloniki) on July 31st ,1938, which cancelled the military clauses of the Peace Treaty of Neuilly.

The army maneuvers are a supreme moment in the headquarters and troops preparation in the period of reorganization and rearmament of the Bulgarian Army. The Great Tsar’s Maneuvers, carried out in 1937 near Popovo town and the Tsar’s Shooting Maneuvers, carried out in 1938 in the Lyuben Village – Krasnovo Village area, Plovdiv region, demonstrate the dynamic development of the Bulgarian Army and its approach to the moderately developed European armies.