British Policy Towards Wartime Resistance in Yugoslavia and by Phyllis Auty, Richard Clogg

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I4. It has not been possible to ascertain the precise date on which these aircraft became available. 15. At that time there was in Cairo no British Ambassador to the Greek government-in-exile as that government was still in London. 16. On Zervas see Sweet-Escott, p. I6o, and below, Chapters 5 and 6. 17. Woodhouse, op. , pp. 350-4. I8. E. C. W. Myers, Greek Entanglement (London, I955) p. 102. Ig. Churchill, op. , V, pp. 472-3. M. Howard, op. , pp. E. in the Balkans 21 Was), the cover plan for the invasion of Sicily.

131 So even after the letter had gone, the argument continued. Eden drew support from General Wilson, then visiting London, who repeated his 'rot on the branch' theory, 132 and also from the War Cabinet, to whom Eden presented the Foreign Office case on I I January, and who agreed that King Peter should not be approached about dropping Mihailovic until Tito had reacted to Churchill's letter. 133 At this point the main worry of the Foreign Office was that Churchill, when sending off the letter, had given Maclean discretion over the timing of any subsequent approach to Tito about the King- the Foreign Office assumed that this meant never.

123 This would of course have been in line with General Wilson's 'let Mihailovic rot on the branch' view. ' 124 The Foreign Office was encouraged in this policy by a memorandum which the Soviet Ambassador, F. T. Gusev, gave Eden on the same day, saying that the Soviet government shared the British view that efforts should be made to find a basis for collaboration between the two sides in Yugoslavia and was ready to do everything possible to find a compromise between the two with the purpose of uniting all the forces of the Yugoslav people.

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