YUGOSLAVIA: Mission for Mihailovich

In a Belgrade prison cell, Draja Mihailovich awaited trial for treason (though he claimed that he had fought against Germany for his king & country). Marshal Tito (who had fought more effectively against Germany, but for Stalin & Communism) spoke sentence ahead of the judges: "[His] crimes against the people of Yugoslavia are far too big and horrible [to permit discussion of] whether he is guilty or not." 500-odd U.S. airmen who had fought in Yugoslavia disagreed.

They did not know much about Balkan politics, but they were sure that Mihailovich was...

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