Resources on Draza Mihailovich


Craughwell, Thomas J.  Great Rescues of World War II: Stories of Adventure, Daring and Sacrifice (Pier 9, 2009).

World War II gave rise to some of history's most gripping stories of courage and heroism. Some of the rescues recounted here involve 'the greatest generation', the soldiers, sailors and airmen who risked all for their brothers and sisters in arms; others concern civilians who hid Jews in their homes or helped Allied soldiers trapped behind enemy lines. And there are deeply personal stories, too, such as Lucie Aubrac's audacious plan to liberate her husband from a Gestapo prison. Common to all - the deep reserves of courage and humanity that led ordinary men and women to risk, and even sacrifice, their lives in order to rescue those in mortal danger. Key points: written in an engaging, accessible, lively tone; the text can be dipped into, or read at one sitting; divided into two parts, moving from the European theatre to the war in Asia, the book presents 24 audacious true stories; beautifully presented with contemporary photographs to support the text.  Draza Mihailovich's story is one of the featured stories.

 

Freeman, Gregory A.  The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II (NAL, 2007).

Bombing of the Ploiesti, Romania, oil refineries, a key German resource, started in 1942. Allied pilots sustaining damage frequently bailed out over Serbia in German-occupied Yugoslavia, where the resistance and others hid them. By 1944, more than 500 were stranded and slowly starving. The OSS concocted the daring Operation Halyard to airlift them, but they had to construct a landing strip without tools and without alerting the Germans or endangering local villagers, and then the rescuers had to avoid being shot down themselves. The operation's story is an exciting tale, but it was kept from general knowledge for decades; the resistance leader most responsible was a rival to Tito. Nazi-baited by a Stalinist mole in British intelligence, he was executed in 1946 with the consent of Britain and America, which thereafter refused to acknowledge having been snookered (the State Department kept many details classified more than 50 years). Evoking the rescuees' successive desperation, wild hope, and joy, and their gratitude to the Serbians who risked their lives to help, Freeman produces a breathtaking popular account.  (Freida Murray for Booklist)

 

Tabori, Paul. The Ragged Guard: A Tale of 1941 (London, Hodder & Stoughton Limited,1942) and reprint (Digit Books, Watson, Brown. London, UK. 1958).

In August, 1942, The Ragged Guard: A Tale of 1941, a novel on Draza Mihailovich by Hungarian-born British author and journalist Paul Tabori, was published in London. The novel was a fictionalized account of the guerrilla resistance movement led by Draza Mihailovich in German-occupied Yugoslavia during the crucial year of 1941.

The plot of the novel centers around Major Stephen Barrett, a British Intelligence Service agent, who is sent to Yugoslavia in the weeks before the German invasion of Yugoslavia on April 6, 1941. He was assisted by Patrick “Paddy” Oliver Flaherty, an Irish-American who was a newspaperman and represented a U.S. chain of newspapers in Central Europe. This was his cover. He was in fact an American intelligence agent of the G-2 Branch of the American General Staff.

 

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