YUGOSLAVIA: War Within a War

Down through the rocky hills of Croatia and Bosnia last week swept a formidable Axis army. Its aim: destruction of the Partisan armies and liquidation of the free democratic state comprising roughly one-sixth of Yugoslavia—larger than Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. The Stukas started off well by destroying the towns of Drvar and Tsetingrad.

Not without reason had the German High Command decided to engage in a major operation against the Yugoslav Partisans at a time when every Axis soldier was needed in Russia. The Partisans had proved themselves a menace to Hitler's New Order. In a recent advance...

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