World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE BALKANS: While Tito Fights

The Germans grew increasingly jittery about Allied designs on the mountainous shore of the Adriatic, just across from Italy. Axis-controlled Zagreb sent out a feeler. It reported Allied landings in force on the Yugoslav shore, where the Second German Tank Army keeps spotty guard. The report was wrong only in its exaggeration of the force: parties of officers and specialists had been landed to help the Partisans of Marshal Tito (Josip Broz).

The Blow That Failed. The Partisans had a hard week. Tito threw a unit of his fighters, scantily equipped with captured Nazi and Italian...

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