Josip Tito
Historical Figure
Nationality: Croat citizen of Yugoslavia (born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire)
Date of Birth: 1892
Date of Death: 1980
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Atheist, formerly practiced Catholic
Occupation: Revolutionary, soldier, partisan, politician, spy
Spouse: Pelagija Broz (divorced 1939)

Jovanka Broz

Children: Four
Military Branch: Austro-Hungarian Army (1913–1915, World War I);
Yugoslav People's Army (1941-1980, incl. World War II)
Political Party: League of Communists of Yugoslavia
Political Office(s): President and Prime Minister (de facto dictator) of Yugoslavia
Turtledove Appearances:
The Hot War
POD: November, 1950
Appearance(s): Bombs Away;
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references
The Man With the Iron Heart
POD: May 29, 1942;
Relevant POD: May, 1945
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references
Josip Broz Tito (7 May 1892 – 4 May 1980), in Cyrillic Јосип Броз Тито, sometimes known only as Josip Broz, was the leader of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1943 until his death in 1980. Born in Croatia to a Croat father and a Slovenian mother, he self-identified as a Croat. During World War II, Tito organized the anti-fascist resistance movement known as the Yugoslav Partisans. He was Secretary-General (later President) of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia (1939–80). He also served as Prime Minister (1944–63) and later President (1953–80) of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY). From 1943 to his death in 1980 he held the rank of Marshal of Yugoslavia, serving as the supreme commander of the Yugoslav military.

Despite being one of the founders of Cominform, he was also the only successful Cominform member to defy Soviet hegemony. Tito ruled Yugoslavia with an iron fist. Shortly after his death, the various ethnic groups he had held together returned to their hereditary conflicts.

Josip Broz Tito in The Hot WarEdit

Josip Broz Tito was the ruler of Yugoslavia at the outbreak of World War III. While Tito's government was communist, it was also deviationist; Tito had broken with Stalin and had stayed neutral during the war. Nonetheless, one Soviet Tu-4 violated Yugoslav airspace on its way to bomb Bordeaux, France; it was undetected.[1]

Josip Broz Tito in The Man With the Iron HeartEdit

Josip Tito's resistance to German occupation was remembered bitterly by Reinhard Heydrich, who nonetheless drew inspiration from Tito's tactics when leading the German Freedom Front.[2]


  1. Bombs Away, pg. 310, ebook.
  2. The Man With the Iron Heart, see, e.g., pg. 103, 366.