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Early in 1943, David Smiley volunteered to join the Special Operations Executive (SOE) for service in the Balkans: Smiley and his small group of colleagues were to help the Albanian resistance fighters to drive out their German and Italian occupiers. Together with Billy Mclean, Smiley was twice parachuted into the mountains of Northern Greece and Albania. Their first assignment was with the Communist partisans, their second with the royalists and right-wing nationalists; their companions included Julian Amery, Peter Kemp and Alan Hare. Living off their wits in sparse, inhospitable country, they were to take part in a savage guerilla war in which no prisoners were taken; and, as the enemy withdrew, they found themselves caught up in a vicious civil war between the Communist partisans led by Enver Hoxha (who took a dim view of Smiley's enthusiasm for dynamiting bridges) and the supporters of King Zog and other anti-communist groups. Smiley's own sympathies remained firmly with the latter, yet once the British had decided to give their full support to Hoxha's partisans, his own colleagues did more to turn Albania communist than Stalin or Tito. Exciting, vivid and at times extremely funny, David Smiley's account of his Albanian adventures is a compelling story of adventure and an invaluable contribution to the history of World War II.
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Book Description Chatto & Windus/Hogarth Press, 1984. Hardback. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 1984 Chatto & Windus/Hogarth Press hardback first edition; Very Good clean ex-library copy, plate and usual stamps; with Very Good unclipped dj in protective sleeve; UK dealer, immediate dispatch. Seller Inventory # 175R18
Book Description Chatto & Windus, London, 1984. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. 192pp hardback, red boards gilt in wrapper, bookplate of the Byantinist Anthony Bryer, small ms note to verso of half-title. Seller Inventory # 056190
Book Description Chatto & Windus, 1984. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 170 pps, hardbound, 1st, 8vo, VG/F-, minor dj extremity wear, rather strong textblock edge soiling/foxing that carries over very slightly to page edges, one line of inked marginalia last page, else very clean and binding tight -- NOT EXLIB, NOT PC. Seller Inventory # 12606
Book Description Chatto & Windus, London, 1984. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 1st ed. Near fine/near fine copy. Seller Inventory # 016234
Book Description Chatto & Windus,, London:, 1984. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First British edition. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Seller Inventory # 91176
Book Description Chatto, Lon., 1984. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First. memior of service with the SOE in Albania; savage partisan warfare; very nice copy. Seller Inventory # 007966
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