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Britain, Mihailović, and the Chetniks, 1941-42
Trew, Simon, 1965-
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London; New York : St. Martin's Press in association with King's College, London, [1998]

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xiv, 341 pages : map ; 23 cm
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Of the many controversies which have characterized postwar Yugoslav historiography, few have inflamed the passions as much as that concerning British relations with the non-Communist resistance movement (the Chetniks ) which emerged after the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941. This work seeks to show how and why the British came to offer their backing to the leader of this movement, Colonel Draza Mihailovic. It also examines why British confidence in Mihallovic was subsequently eroded, to the point where serious consideration was given to transferring support to his avowed enemies, the Communist-led Partrisans.

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In his detailed history of a controversial episode in WW II, Trew (Sandhurst) examines Britain's troubled relationship with the Yugoslav royalist resistance movement, the Chetniks, led by Colonel Draza Mihailovic. Trew focuses on the years 1941-42 when Mihailovic struggled to transform scattered nationalist groups into an organized resistance movement. However, Mihailovic and the Chetniks failed to fulfill the expectations of London's policy makers because of a lack of supplies and inadequate information on the realities of the struggle against Yugoslavia's occupiers. In desperation, Mihailovic was obliged to come to terms with the Italians, who supplied a limited amount of armaments. Moreover, fearing casualties, Mihailovic never launched a significant military campaign against the Axis powers; he preferred to await an Allied invasion of the Balkans. His task was complicated by opposition from the communist-led partisans under their leader Tito, the future communist dictator. By early 1943, when the British turned their attention to the partisans, the Chetniks and Mihailovic were doomed. This well-researched history is recommended for all WW II collections. All levels. K. Eubank; emeritus, CUNY Queens College