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

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This book recounts the political and military activities of the Special Operations Executive (SOE), especially its relationship with British policy-makers, the Foreign Office, and the military high command. It also analyses SOE's relationship with the Yugoslav guerrilla movements, the Yugoslav government-in-exile, other secret organisations, and its U.S. counterpart (the OSS) and examines how rivalries among all these players influenced SOE activity in Yugoslavia.
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Overview

This book recounts the political and military activities of the Special Operations Executive (SOE), especially its relationship with British policy-makers, the Foreign Office, and the military high command. It also analyses SOE's relationship with the Yugoslav guerrilla movements, the Yugoslav government-in-exile, other secret organisations, and its U.S. counterpart (the OSS) and examines how rivalries among all these players influenced SOE activity in Yugoslavia.
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"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
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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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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Ch. 1 SOE: Swashbucklers and Secret Agents 1
Ch. 2 Experiments in Subversion and Sabotage: Doing Something in the Balkans 17
Ch. 3 Return to Occupied Yugoslavia 39
Ch. 4 Backing Mihailovic: One SOE Officer and no Supplies 59
Ch. 5 Propaganda Wars 82
Ch. 6 Yugoslavia, from Side-Show to Centre Stage 103
Ch. 7 Contacting the Partisans 127
Ch. 8 Tuning up the Balkans 150
Ch. 9 Backing Both Sides: Two Brigadiers and 'Equal Support' 167
Ch. 10 Ditching Mihailovic, or Throwing Out the Baby with the Bathwater 190
Ch. 11 Backing the Partisans: From Illusion to Reality 218
Conclusion 243
Notes 255
Sources consulted 271
Index 280
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