Dusan Babac was born in 1969 in Belgrade, from a family with a military tradition, and has been interested in military history and uniforms since an early age. He is an associate of the Belgrade Military Museum and Serbian History Museum. Since 1995 he has published a large number of articles in Serbia (Vojska, Odbrana), Slovenia (Obramba), France (Militaria Magazine, Gazette des Uniformes, Steel Masters, Ligne de front, Aero-Journal), Russia (Zeughaus), Germany (Deutsche Militarzeitschrift), Italy (Uniformi e Armi) and Japan (Air World). He is also a well-known author or co-author of books about the military history of Serbia, Montenegro and Yugoslavia, including the following: Armies in the Balkans 1914-18 for Osprey Publishing, 2001; Special Units of the Royal Yugoslav Army in the April War, Belgrade, 2006; with Cedomir Vasic and Miladin Markovic: Montenegrin Army 1896-1916, Belgrade, 2007; Elite Branches of the Royal Yugoslav Army in the April War, Belgrade, 2008; with Cedomir Vasic: The Guards in Serbia 1829-1945, Belgrade, 2009; The Serbian Hussar, Belgrade, 2010; with Zoran Vesic: Serbian Armed Forces, Belgrade, 2011, The Serbian Army in Wars for Independence 1876-1878, Belgrade, 2011; with Biljana Crvenkovic, Tijana Boric and Ana Radovanovic: The Royal Compound in Dedinje, Belgrade, 2013; as an editor: King Peter II of Yugoslavia A King's Heritage - The Memoirs, Belgrade, 2013. He is one of four authors of the exhibition and catalogue Official Dress in Serbia in the 19th and 20th Century, organised in 2001 in the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. he has acted as a consultant for uniforms in more than 10 feature films and theatre plays in Serbia. Dusan is also a member of the Privy Council of HRH Crown Prince Alexander II of Serbia and holder of the Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the White Eagle. This is his first book for Helion & Company.
" ... This is a beautiful book, lavishly illustrated with prints
and photographs. It covers everything you could need to understand
the Serbian army of the period. Organisation, weapons and most
importantly, uniforms are comprehensively covered."--Balkan
"A key feature of this book is its numerous illustrations, including contemporary newspaper engravings, woodcuts, and cartoons; photographs of individual military and civilian leaders, and groups of solders; Serbian Army units preparing for war, in camp, and on the battlefield; and foreign volunteers. The chapters dedicated to Serbian Army weapons, equipment, uniforms, standards, and medals are equally worthwhile. They contain numerous images, many in color, of the officers' and soldiers' uniforms and equipment, worn by Prince Milan IV; general, field, and company grade officers; and branch specialists (such as medical corps personnel), down to infantryman, cavalrymen, engineers, and standard bearers. Babac's The Serbian Army in the Wars for Independence against Turkey, 1876-1878, containing hundreds of descriptive, enthralling, and fully-captioned images, and providing a Serbian perspective of events in a well-written English-language narrative, makes a major contribution to the history of the Serbian Army and its wars of independence."--Serbian Journal of Military History