Foreign News: Boy in the Middle

Yugoslavia's youthful King Peter II, exiled in London, had two long conversations with Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Then Peter fired his Government. Prime Minister Bozhidar Punch. War Minister Draja Mihailovich lost their jobs. But Peter's royal prospects remained poor.

The growing power of Partisan Leader Josip (Marshal Tito) Broz, Russian pressure for Tito's full recognition, and British insistence forced Peter to ditch his anti-Tito ministers. At 20, two months after his marriage to Princess Alexandra of

Greece, King Peter found himself between great pressures. Alone, he could never have dismissed ministers who...

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