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Title:
The web of disinformation : Churchill's Yugoslav blunder
Author:
Martin, David, 1914-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
xxxiii, 425 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780151807048
Format :
Book

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Martin's book will interest only specialists. The author has worked over the 1943/44 British decision to shift support from Mihailovic to Tito in several previous books. In this, presumably his final word on the subject, Martin argues that decision was primarily the result of a sophisticated Russian "disinformation" campaign operating through a British communist, James Klugman, who was a middle-level staff officer in the Cairo office of Britain's Special Operations Executive. This interpretation underrates the complexity of wartime British policy-making on Balkan issues while overrating the influence of any middle-rank staff officer, whatever his politics. A more balanced view of this issue is the essay by Brigadier S.W. Bailey, senior British liaison officer with Mihailovic, 1942-44, in British Policy Towards Wartime Resistance in Yugoslavia and Greece, ed. by Phyllis Auty and Richard Clogg (1975). It is curious that in view of the attention-getting subtitle of this book, the author concludes his introduction with a paragraph that virtually disavows it. -R. A. Callahan, University of Delaware