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Churchill and Tito (Hardback)

SOE, Bletchley Park and Supporting the Yugoslav Communists in World War II

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By Christopher Catherwood
Frontline Books
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781526704962
Published: 30th October 2017

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One of Churchill’s most controversial decisions during the Second World War was to switch SOE support in Yugoslavia in 1943 from the Cetniks loyal to the exiled Royal Government to backing Tito and his Communist Partisan guerrillas. It led to a Communist regime in Yugoslavia which lasted until Tito’s death in 1980, and the nationalistic sentiments he had suppressed exploding into ethnic violence in the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

Until now the story has been that SOE was infiltrated by Communists in Cairo and that Fitzroy Maclean, Churchill’s personal delegate to Tito, was hoodwinked by the Communist leader, and that Churchill was duped into abandoning the royalists. However, the recently deposited papers of Sir Bill Deakin, Churchill's former assistant and an SOE operative in Yugoslavia, reveal that the decision was based upon absolutely solid evidence and in Britain's best military interests.

The official history of SOE in Yugoslavia was never written, but Deakin was the main adviser to the person deputed to write it – and Christopher Catherwood was the first person to examine the papers deposited in Washington. These papers reveal that Churchill made his decision based on evidence not just from SOE, but also from MI3, SIS and SIGINT at Bletchley Park.

Christopher Catherwood can now demonstrate that one of Churchill’s most significant and consequential decisions of the Second World War was not the terrible mistake that historians have portrayed it.

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About Christopher Catherwood

The author is one of only two men to have been awarded two separate Churchill Archives By-Fellowships, Christopher Catherwood was a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellow in 2010. He has written books on the Second World War for both Oneworld and Allison & Busby, as well as three biographies of Churchill, two of which were for Constable and one for Carlton, as well as a book on the Middle East.

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