I really enjoy books that challenge my current understanding and thinking on aspects of the Second World War, and this one fits fully within that criteria. It was an area of the war I confess I knew little about, but this book has been very useful in understanding the complexities of waging total war, and the role of U.K. in Yugoslavia. Chapter 1 sets the scene with a brief history of the Balkans, where religious and racial conflict was the catalyst for the outbreak of hostilities in the First World War. Yugoslavia was born out of the chaos of that war, and ceased to exist in 1941. In 1940, TITO came to power, and dominated the country until his death, after which the country fell apart in an ethnic war of fierce intensity and much barbarism. The essence of the book is exploring why British Prime Minister, Winston CHURCHILL, and the British Chiefs of Staff, switched their support from the Serb Chetniks, to the Communist partisans led by TITO. For British readers, I would suggest it will.. Read more
British Military History, Rob Palmer
Assassination of War Leaders is as old as history. Taking the head of the enemy can be more productive than launching an invasion. The group of well-known writers have produced a series of accounts of assassination plans and execution, under a sympathetic editor – fascinating read – highly recommended.
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The book contains many quotes, in which Penn excels. It does not make reading very easy, one must like it. In general it is not a book that is easy to read. That is partly because of the complex subject the book is about, but mostly the writer is hard to follow. His line of reasoning becomes blurred along the pages. Sometimes it was needed to check external sources to follow the story. The book is in the English language, what makes it an international book. Writers for such a market should take in mind that not everybody is familiar with typical English facts like First Sea Lord or First Lord of the Admiralty. A short explanation would be welcome. The entire controversy between Churchill and his several Sea Lords depend on this.
In general this book is well taken care of.
Onno De Meer - Jomini