Tito, Mihailović, and the Allies, 1941-1945

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Duke University Press, 1987 - History - 406 pages
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A small but important correction is required to page 115 "The British establish Liason Mission with the Partizans" as follows:
Alexander Simic (Stevens MM), listed as the 3rd member of the Fungus
Commission was an Englishman and an enlisted member of the British Army as an SOE operative under 13 Corp Western Desert command. My father was not Canadian, but British, born in London in 1916 , his mother English and his father Serbian. the group was dropped on the night of April 19/20 , 1943according to official JNA / partisan Archives. He was the wireless operator for the group and was interogated at length by Vladimir Bakic at the Croatian Partisan HQ at Krbavsko Polje to which he and his two colleagues Pavle Pavlovic and Petar Erdelja were taken, before being allowed to send a request to SOE Cairo for the BBC to broadcast a coded confirmation the mission. The initial acceptance of the mission was greatly helped on the one hand by the fact that the Croatian Commander Ivan Rukovina had fought with Petar Erdelja in Spain with the International Brigade, but equally hindered by the fact that owing to command disputes within SOE in Cairo he had not been given his commission before the mission left. a fact that was not well received by the Partizan Command and led to the subsequent arrival of Major WD Jones as a Commissioned Officer of the British Army. Maj. Jones was transferred with him to the Slovenian Partisan HQ in late summer 1943 to blow the railway bridges at Zidanimost. This original mission,code named Fungus was I believe followed by a later mission of the same name to the Croatian partisans headed by Maj. Owen Reed. Before transferring to Slovenia he attended the first JAVNO - freedom conference in Jajce in the summer of 1943 and was present at the surrender of the Italian Forces under General Cerruti near Nove Mesto.He was commissioned (December 1943) in the field,Her remained in Slovenia until July 1944 when airlifted out to Bari to serve as an observer with "Rover Paddy" for Tactical Air Support in the Bologna / Forli area. He returned to Jugoslavia as the Liason officer & Artillary Observor for the combined Ops Raid on PAG Island in March 1945 and then to Triest as OC 13th Corp Liason Group and was present at the enforced surrender of German Army units outside of Triest to the local JNA Commander (Bentic) instead of the New Zealand Corp of the 8th Army under the Blue Line accords..
For the record my Father was awarded the Military Medal -
as reported in the London Gazette on August 26, 1943.


Historical Introduction
Agreed Partition of Yugoslavia 1941 3233
Important Moves Within Yugoslavia 1941
Important Moves Within Yugoslavia 1942
Who Is Tito? 113 The British Establish Liaison with
Captain Deakin and Tito in Jajce 1943
115 The German Intelligence Service Tries to Establish
U S Policy Evolves 217 A New Yugoslav Government
General Wilson King Peter and Prime Minister Šubašić Caserta
Creates the Balkan Air Force 229 U S Representation
General Wilson and Marshal Tito in Caserta August 1944
ington Norden and Murphy in Vis Patterson Appointed
Headquarters 225 King Peter Drops Mihailović Who Orders
Mobilization 258 Tito Restricts British and American Liai
Major Thayer Brigadier Maclean and Marshal Tito in Belgrade

British Policy Changes 129 The Quebec Conference
Captain Mansfield in Yugoslavia 1943
Seitz Hudson and Mansfield with Četnik Major Dušan Smiljanić
mentinExile Moves to Yugoslavia 138 The First American
Congress at Jajce 162 The Tehran Conference 164 After
The Situation at the End of 1943 183
Lieutenant General Korneyev and Marshal Tito in Drvar 1944
Tito and Šubašić Reach a New Agreement 272
Captain Lalich and General Mihailović in Bosnia 1944
from Četnik Territory 277 The British Government Pro
Reactions to the TitoŠubašić Agreement 286 Additional
Marshal Tito Brigadier Maclean Field Marshal Alexander

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