The civil war that raged in Yugoslavia following the German invasion in 1941 was brutal, uncompromising and complex, pitting royalists, fascists communists, ethnic groups, and the Axis powers against one another in a shifting and bloody theatre of war. The Partisan forces under the command of Josip Broz Tito were a constant thorn in the side of the Wehrmacht divisions in the Balkans, prompting numerous anti-partisan operations and even daring Fallschirmjager raids aimed at assassinating him. Using primary source material, stunning contemporary images and many personal accounts, this book explores a well-known but little published subject for the first time, bringing to light the development, training, weaponry, tactics and combat experiences of Tito's formidable guerrilla force, and the events of this bloody theatre of World War II.
Velimir Vuksic is a talented and experienced military illustrator and writer, whose published work covers a wide variety of periods, conflicts and armies. He has worked for numerous magazines over the years, including Military Illustrated. Velimir has also worked at the Belgrade Military Museum, gaining him full access to the archives there. A native of Croatia, Velimir has served in the armed forces, as a paratrooper.