Albania at war, 1939-1945 by Bernd Jurgen Fischer

Albania at war, 1939-1945 by Bernd Jurgen Fischer

By Bernd Jurgen Fischer

"Analyzes the German profession of Albania in the course of international conflict II, rectifying a part century of amnesia and mythmaking by means of Marxist and nationalist histories and lengthening figuring out of the connection among the 3rd Reich and wartime Albania. comprises b&w old pictures. Fischer is a professor of historical past at Indiana University-Purdue University." - e-book information, Inc.

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Fischer's narration and analysis of the German occupation rectify a half-century of amnesia and mythmaking by Marxist and nationalist historians by increasing our understanding of the reasonably constructive relationship between the Third Reich and wartime Albania. Moreover, his case study raises questions that might be usefully applied to other defeated or disenfranchised peoples of the interwar period whom Nazi Germany both helped and used for its own ends. Yet Hitler's embrace proved fatal for his wartime collaborators.

On 28 March Zog informed Ciano that he supported the demands but that his ministers refused to go along, an obvious ruse that did not fool even Ciano. 54 The count, however, was prevented from initiating his long-hoped-for hostilities by military considerations, of which he became aware on 31 March. Military preparations had begun shortly before the ultimatum was presented to Zog. Four regiments of bersaglieri (specially trained mountain troops), one regular infantry division, air force detachments, and all of the first naval squadron had been ordered mobilized and concentrated at Apulia.

The Italian minister also suggested that the local leaders might become suspicious of Italian hesitation and use the knowledge of their subversive activities to force Zog to change his mode of governing. Finally, Jacomoni argued that a number of exiles were about to be allowed back into Albania, and Italy should move before they could effectively build a patriotic movement of resistance against the Italians. 44 Mussolini agreed with Ciano's assessment concerning the Yugoslavs but would not be hurried into the Albanian project.

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