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Parachutes, Patriots, and Partisans
The Special Operations Executive and Yugoslavia, 1941–1945
Heather Williams

Secret agents, sabotage, and resistance in the Balkans

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.

"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

Heather Williams teaches modern history at the University of Southampton.

Copublished with Hurst & Company, London

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The cover of Williams book is white, with what looks like a newspaper clipping containing the images of two men. Type is orange.

November 2003
292 pp.  6 x 9

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ISBN 978-0-299-19494-9
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