By Simon C. Trew
Casting new mild on a arguable point of wartime British overseas coverage, this e-book lines the method during which the British gurus got here to supply their backing to Colonel Draza Mihailovic, chief of the non-Communist resistance move which emerged after the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941. It additionally examines why British self belief in Mihailovic was once in this case eroded, to the purpose the place severe attention was once given to moving aid to his avowed enemies, the Communist-led Partisans.
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6 Admittedly, by mid-1943 the Yugoslav politicians would have completely exhausted the British authorities' patience, and military considerations would become paramount in determining policy towards Yugoslavia, but during the period covered by this study the Foreign Office's attitude towards SOE's activities was bound to be coloured by its support for King Peter and his ministers. Furthermore, although not essential, SOE had to recognise that the latters' cooperation might well enhance their ability to operate successfully in Yugoslavia.
In Istanbul Rapotec told Djonovic and Trbic of the situation within Yugoslavia, especially the slaughter of the Serbs in Croatia, and wrote a report for transmission to the Yugoslav government. After several weeks he was taken to Jerusalem, where he met SOE's representative Preparation 33 there, Julian Amery. To the latter he revealed the primary purpose of his mission, which concerned establishing links with an underground organisation in Split, which Rapotec had contacted after the April collapse.
2 In addition, it was believed that by defeating the armed forces of Europe the Germans had only created a far larger enemy - the enslaved populations of the occupied continent. It would rapidly become almost an article of faith that, given outside guidance, all subjugated elements would rise up on command and, with the assistance of a British invasion, fling their enemies (who would already be weakened by strategic bombing, blockade and internal dissent) into disorder and defeat. 17 18 Britain, Mihailovic and the Chetniks In April 1941, when Yugoslavia capitulated, Britain had been at war with Germany for twenty months.