#165 – Dead Men On Leave

#165 – Dead Men On Leave

At the second session of AVNOJ, 29 November 1943, the delegates became a legislative assembly under the Presidency of Tito, who was proclaimed Marshal. But this momentous occasion was followed by tragedy. During the winter of 1943–4 the Germans carried out ‘Operation...
#164 – Fitzroy Maclean

#164 – Fitzroy Maclean

Churchill sends Brigadier Fitzroy Maclean, one of the founders of the SAS, to Tito as his official representative. Churchill’s decision to support Tito and Partisans – ie communists – over the Chetnik royalists has been the subject of much debate and anger...
#163 – IF IT BLOATS IT FLOATS

#163 – IF IT BLOATS IT FLOATS

In November 1942 Tito set up his first form of Communist government, the Anti-Fascist Council for Yugoslavia (AVNOJ). Hitler asks Mussolini to send all of the Croatian Jews to German camps – Mussolini agrees, but his troops, lead by General Mario Roatta, refused...
#161 – The Red Republic

#161 – The Red Republic

Tito started his campaigning in the middle of 1941, after Operation Barbarossa had distracted the Nazis away from Yugoslavia. He met with the Chetnik leader Draza Mihajlovic to try to form a unified front. In Užice, a town of some 12,000 inhabitants, Tito proclaimed a...
#160 – The Greatest Of All Evils

#160 – The Greatest Of All Evils

The Jasenovac concentration camp, established in Slavonia, aka “the Auschwitz of the Balkans”, “specialized in one-on-one violence of a particularly brutal kind” and prisoners were primarily murdered manually with the use of blunt objects such...