Yugoslavia in World War Two – a tale of resistance, collaboration, and betrayal

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This video is an attempt to summarise a fiendishly complicated and often nasty story – that of Yugoslavia in World War Two. There are heroes and there are villains, and there are many ambiguous shades in between.

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During the war, most English people wrote ‘Jugoslavia’, but now most people write ‘Yugoslavia’ in English. I’m happy with both spellings.

Mihailovic admitted to a British colonel that the Chetniks’ principal enemies were "the partisans, the Ustasha, the Muslims, the Croats and last the Germans and Italians" [in that order].

Picture credits:

Bosnian SS troops
By Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1977-137-20 / Falkowski / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 de, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5482922

Fitzroy Maclean image
By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62231283

Map of Yugoslavia
By DIREKTOR (derived from PANONIAN’s work) – modified version of this map: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fascist_occupation_of_yugoslavia.png Info in the map is verifiable at: Tomasevich, Jozo (1975). War and Revolution in Yugoslavia, 1941–1945: The Chetniks. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0-8047-0857-9., p.90, Map 3. Partition of 1941, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15371583

King Peter II
By Daventry (F/O), Royal Air Force official photographer – This is photograph CM 5648 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=869633

Prince Regent Paul
By Royal Palace – ????? ???????? ?? ????? http://www.royalfamily.org, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3229574

Slav migration map
By User Fphilibert from fr.wiki – here, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4577053

Late Roman migration map
By User:MapMaster – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1234669

Ustashe leader picture
By Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35245855

Randolph Churchill
By Cecil Beaton – http://media.iwm.org.uk/iwm/mediaLib//21/media-21072/large.jpgThis is photograph CBM 1585 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24242491

Marching partisans
By Unknown author – Zbornik secanja aktivista jugoslovenskog revolucionarnog radnickog pokreta, knjiga šesta (str. 400), Beograd 1960., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33614957

DSO image
By Borodun – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=56667304

Admiral Sir Walter Cowan
By Leonard Campbell Taylor – http://media.iwm.org.uk/iwm/mediaLib//152/media-152028/large.jpgThis is photograph Art.IWM ART 3143 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30938201

Jack Churchill
By Unknown author – http://homepage.ntlworld.com/purbrookbowmen/team_history_jack.htm, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12143600

Monte Casino
Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-J26131 / Enz / CC-BY-SA 3.0 / CC BY-SA 3.0 DE (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en)

BAF commanders
By Jones W A (Sgt)Royal Air Force official photographer – This is photograph CNA 3470 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21102921

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