Parachutes, Patriots, and Partisans: The Special Operations Executive in Yugoslavia, 1941-1945

Parachutes, Patriots, and Partisans: The Special Operations Executive in Yugoslavia, 1941-1945

by Heather Williams
     
 

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Based on impressive research and new evidence, this history of the secret British wartime agency, the Special Operations Executive, in wartime Yugoslavia argues that SOE actions achieved little military advantage for the Allies and exacerbated the developing civil war among the forces of monarchist Drazha Mihailovic, Tito’s partisans, and other guerilla

Overview

Based on impressive research and new evidence, this history of the secret British wartime agency, the Special Operations Executive, in wartime Yugoslavia argues that SOE actions achieved little military advantage for the Allies and exacerbated the developing civil war among the forces of monarchist Drazha Mihailovic, Tito’s partisans, and other guerilla groups. Heather Williams tracks SOE relations with the British Foreign office, policy-makers, and military high command; the Yugoslav guerrilla movements and exiled Yugoslav government; other secret organizations, and the American Office of Strategic Services, examining how rivalries among these players influenced the future of Yugoslavia.

Copublished with C. Hurst & Co, Publishers Ltd., London
The Wisconsin edition is for sale only in North and South American, U.S. dependencies, and the Philippines.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Fresh insight into a highly controversial topic. . . . Williams’s book represents the most comprehensive general analysis of SOE’s activities as they relate to wartime Yugoslavia."—Simon Trew, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, England

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299194949
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
11/15/2003
Pages:
297
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

    Heather Williams teaches modern history at the University of Southampton.

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