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Draza Mihailovich and the Germans
http://www.generalmihailovich.com/2011/01/draza-mihailovich-and-germans.html ^ | January 13, 2011 | David Martin

Posted on 01/13/2011 7:38:07 PM PST by Ravnagora

Aleksandra' Note: The following text is from historian David Martin's excellent book "Web of Disinformation", which I highly recommend to anyone wanting to understand why we need court hearings, actual legal proceedings, to officially "rehabilitate" General Draza Mihailovich, a man who never should have been in need of "rehabilitating". The next court hearing is to take place in Belgrade, Serbia on January 28th of this year, 2011.

General Mihailovich was executed by the communists in Belgrade, Serbia on July 17, 1946 after one of the phoniest trials in the history of mankind and officially declared "persona non grata" based on the manufactured conviction that he was a "Nazi collaborator".

Had the Nazis been allowed to testify at this trial, and that includes Adolf Hitler himself had he been present, they would have explained to the communists that Mihailovich was the enemy and remained the enemy for the duration of the war. And they would have had no reason whatsoever to lie.

On the other hand, the Yugoslav communists, Tito's partisans, had every reason to lie.

Sincerely,

Aleksandra Rebic

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MIHAILOVICH AND THE GERMANS

By David Martin

One year after Moscow had launched its campaign of character assassination against Mihailovic, the bulk of the Allied press was parroting Radio Free Yugoslavia's treatment of Mihailovic. It had downgraded him to the status of a collaborator and was singing paeans to the martial virtues of the Communist side in the Yugoslav civil war. For all practical purposes, by October 1943, Tito had become the monopolistic beneficiary of the greatly augmented allied support that had become logistically possible after the collapse of Italy.

This switch in Allied policy is one of the great mysteries of World War II - all the more so because some thirty-odd British officers and seven American officers who were attached to the Mihailovic forces for quite long periods of time are convinced that a grave injustice was done, and that much of the intelligence that led to the switch was false or exaggerated.

The Communists have made much of the fact that on November 11, 1941, Mihailovic and three of his colleagues met with a German delegation headed by Lt. Col. Kogard, in the town of Divci. According to the Communists, this was the beginning of Mihailovic's collaboration with the Germans.

At his trial in Belgrade in summer of 1946, Mihailovic admitted that he had met with the Germans and said that he had refused their request that he surrender unconditionally. Fortunately, there exists in German war records a stenographic account of this meeting, according to which Mihailovic told Kogard:

"I am neither a communist nor do I work for you. But I have attempted to alleviate and hinder your terror...[the communists] wish to see the greatest possible number of Serbs killed in order to ensure their own later success. No agreement can be made with them. My only purpose [in dealing with them] was to temper their terror, which is as terrible as the German terror. At this moment, innocents are suffering from the terrorist acs of both of you. ... As a soldier, I am not ashamed to be a nationalist. In this capacity I will serve only my people...It is our duty as soldiers not to surrender as long as we can fight. Therefore, you cannot reproach us for not surrendering...I intend to continue the fight against the Communists which began on October 31...we need ammunition. This need brought me here...the Communists have an ammunition factory and ammunition dumps in Uzice. I ask you in the interest of the Serbian people, as well as in your own interest, to supply me, if possible, with ammunition this very night...Otherwise, if I am not given any ammunition, the communists will again obtain sway over Serbia."

To this, Kogard replied that his only instructions were to ask Mihailovic if he was ready to capitulate unconditionally. Obviously disappointed by Kogard's reply, Mihailovic said,"I do not see any sense in your invitation to come to the meeting if this is all you had to say."

Let us consider some other evidence basic to an appreciation of Mihailovic's and the German's attitude toward each other.

Colonel Bailey, an officer of outstanding ability who spoke fluent Serbo-Croat, said in a letter to the editor of the London Times of August 6, 1971, "I do believe that everything must now be done to give Mihailovic his rightful, honourable place in history. He and his Chetniks did more than is generally appreciated for the Allied cause."

An even more impressive appreciation of the role played by Mihailovic - this one from an enemy point of view - was written by General Reinhard Gehlen, head of German military intelligence for Eastern Europe, in a top secret memorandum underscored the truly remarkable success Mihailovic had in rebuilding his organization since his forces were defeated and dispersed by the Germans in December 1941. It read:

"Among the various resistence movements which increasingly cause trouble in the area of the former Yugoslav state, the movement of General Mihailovic remains in the first place with regard to leadership, armament, organization, and activity...the followers of DM come from all classes of the population and at present comprise about 80 percent of the Serbian people. Hoping for the liberation from the 'alien yoke' and for a better new order, and an economical and social new balance, their number is continuously increasing."

There are numerous examples of similar statements by members of the German General staff and, for that matter, by Hitler himself. On February 16, 1943, exactly one week after the date of General Gehlen's memorandum, Hitler wrote to Mussolini, urging the Italians to terminate their accommodations with certain Chetnik commanders in peripheral areas.

Intercepts did indeed exist, proving the existence of temporary regional understandings between the Germans and the border areas where Partisan and Mihailovic forces confronted each other. (In Serbia proper, where Mihailovic's strength was overwhelming, and where the home army did not have to fight a war of survival against the unrelenting attacks of Partisan armies, accommodations with the Germans were a minor rarity.) But it is impossible to establish the relative significance of these intercepts without at the same time considering the unequivocal statements repeatedly made by Hitler and his senior staff officers.

Six weeks after the Gehlen memorandum was written, there took place an incident that throws a new light on the charge that Mihailovic was collaborating with the enemy. In March 1943, Tito sent to the HQ of the German commander in Chief at Sarajevo a delegation consisting of Milovan Djilas, General Koca Popovic, and Dr. Vladimir Velebit, three of the top leaders of the Tito movement. The ostensible purpose of the meeting was to arrange for a prisoner exchange. The three Partisan leaders were subsequently flown by a special German military plane to Zagreb, where the discussions were continued. Walter Roberts, who discovered this interesting documentation in German Military archives, summarized as follows:

"The Partisan delegation stressed that the Partisans saw no reason for fighting the German army - they added that they fought against the Germans only in self defense - but wished solely to fight the Cetniks...That they would fight the British should the latter land in Yugoslavia...inasmuch as they wanted to concentrate on fighting the Chetniks, they wished to suggest respective territories of interest."

The agreement was finally vetoed by Ribbentrop at the end of March, even though Kasche, the German minister in Zagreb, argued passionately that the agreement was to the German's advantage, and that "in all of the negotiations with the Partisans to date, the reliability of Tito's promises had been confirmed."

Kasche's language obviously implied that he was speaking not of one or two prior agreements, but at least three or four - or more, and the question naturally arises: If the Mihailovic forces were regarded as allies of the Germans, why should the Germans have entered into written agreements with the Partisans directed against these forces?

According to professor Mark Wheeler, rumors of the Partisan-Nazi talks quickly reached Mihailovic, though the scope of the agenda was unknown to him at the time. Within ten days of the meeting, Col. Bailey, who had taken over from Hudson as chief of the British mission to Mihailovic months earlier, signaled SOE Cairo with the news. However, this news of Partisan-German collaboration seems never to have reached London. Nor does London appear to have recieved the many references to Partisan initiatives in waging civil war that figured in the dispatches of the BLO's with Mihailovic. At least, there is no reference to those matters in either Hinsley's or Foot's histories, or in the Foreign Office files.

As late as August 22, 1944, Hitler displayed his unrelenting hostility toward Mihailovic. On that date he warned Hermann Neubacher, his representative in Belgrade, and Field Marshall Maximilian von Weichs that "the armament of the Chetniks is out of the question." General Albert Jodl summarized Hitler's point of view as follows: "A Serbian army must not be allowed to exist. It is better to have some danger from Communism."

According to Mihailovic's statement at his trial, he had one further meeting, in November 1944, with Herr Starker, who represented Neubacher. Starker said that they had recieved a report that Mihailovic wished to place himself at the service of the Germans. He asked whether this was true. To this, Mihailovic replied:

"We were and still are enemies. It is a sad coincidence that I am, like you, fighting against the Partisans. This is a sad coincidence that I regret."

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Web of Disinformation

By David Martin

[Pages 90-93]

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TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans; Politics
KEYWORDS: collaboration; mihailovich; nazis; serbs

1 posted on 01/13/2011 7:38:10 PM PST by Ravnagora
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To: joan; Smartass; zagor-te-nej; Lion in Winter; Honorary Serb; jb6; Incorrigible; DTA; vooch; ...

2 posted on 01/13/2011 7:41:28 PM PST by Ravnagora
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To: Ravnagora

Dave Martin; one of America’s greatest patriots. RCAF veteran during WW2, author of books about The Chetniks and their saving of over 400 Allied airmen from Nazi hands in Yugoslavia, fighter against Communist Tito’s dictatorship, author/editor and instigator of many investigations and reports on communism done by the Sen. Internal Security Subcommittee for which he worked, and fighter for freedom in SE Asia.


3 posted on 01/13/2011 8:16:42 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Ravnagora; Salamander; Markos33; 50mm
As a youngster growing up in the Euro-admixture that was Gary, Indiana, I was eagerly educated at an early age by the parents of my young friends in the complexities of the Yugoslavian political culture.

To this day, many who take only a cursory look at the Balkans are apt to miss that complexity and the various loyalties that shaped the region we see today.

Thank you so much for posting this well written and insightful article. I was, up to this point, unaware of David Martin's work, but he is certainly added to my reading list as of now.

Thanks Again!

4 posted on 01/13/2011 8:46:29 PM PST by shibumi (Personification in the Linen Closet!)
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To: Ravnagora

Draza Mihailovich Anti-Communist, Anti-Nazi. A true Serb Patriot.


5 posted on 01/14/2011 6:10:32 AM PST by gitmogrunt
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To: shibumi

You’re welcome Shibumi.

David Martin is an essential source on Mihailovich. Though his books are no longer “in print”, you can find copies through various sources on the internet and through library loans.

You can’t understand what really happened in Yugoslavia during WWII without reading Martin’s documentation and insights.

I’m glad this posting inspired you to check out his work.

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6 posted on 01/14/2011 6:13:34 AM PST by Ravnagora
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To: Ravnagora

General Mihailovich represents true heroes of freedom EVERYWHERE—he stands among the greatest of the 20th century.


7 posted on 01/14/2011 8:39:06 AM PST by eleni121 (MY HERO GREGORY THE V - a living saint hanged and dragged by the ungodly muslims and their allies)
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To: Ravnagora
I must say, had the Serbs been Nazis they would have been better off because all the once Nazi countries are enjoying their unified nations. Germany was put back together never mind how many were killed. But Serbs stood on principle which is a bad political tactic. Brittan shoved communism down the throats of the Serbs by supporting Tito. They should have killed the British intel agents just because of that. But the Serbs were seen as expendable by Britain and they paid for it for the last 65 years.

Once the war was over the Nazi machine was reconstituted and given a new directive. Destroy Russia! ....and of course, give us all your intel on Russia, rocket and medical technology.

Had they allowed Gen. Patton to hit Russia there would have been no need to reconstitute the Nazis. Allies didn't need Germany anyway, Germany was useless militarily. There would have not a Balkan war, Vietnam War, Korean War and all the other wars in between such as Bay of Pigs. America didn't want war you say? Guess what? America, NATO, has been at war non stop since WWII so what's the difference?

8 posted on 01/14/2011 8:51:36 AM PST by SQUID
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To: Ravnagora
I must say, had the Serbs been Nazis they would have been better off because all the once Nazi countries are enjoying their unified nations. Germany was put back together never mind how many were killed. But Serbs stood on principle which is a bad political tactic. Brittan shoved communism down the throats of the Serbs by supporting Tito. They should have killed the British intel agents just because of that. But the Serbs were seen as expendable by Britain and they paid for it for the last 65 years.

Once the war was over the Nazi machine was reconstituted and given a new directive. Destroy Russia! ....and of course, give us all your intel on Russia, rocket and medical technology.

Had they allowed Gen. Patton to hit Russia there would have been no need to reconstitute the Nazis. Allies didn't need Germany anyway, Germany was useless militarily. There would have not a Balkan war, Vietnam War, Korean War and all the other wars in between such as Bay of Pigs. America didn't want war you say? Guess what? America, NATO, has been at war non stop since WWII so what's the difference?

9 posted on 01/14/2011 8:51:53 AM PST by SQUID
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To: SQUID

There were a lot of communists entrenched in the US government during WWII sympathetic to the Soviet cause.

This is what happens when brain dead leftists infest a polity.


10 posted on 01/14/2011 9:46:06 AM PST by montyspython
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To: montyspython

There were a lot of communists entrenched in the US government during WWII


They are still there. Stronger than ever. Cloaked by names such as progressives/3rd way/progressive socialists/democrats/RINOS/ secularists/corporatists/Humanists/ ad nauseum.


11 posted on 01/14/2011 11:14:29 AM PST by eleni121 (MY HERO GREGORY THE V - a living saint hanged and dragged by the ungodly muslims and their allies)
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To: montyspython

The silence here is deafening. Amazing.


12 posted on 01/17/2011 2:06:32 PM PST by SQUID
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To: montyspython

The silence here is deafening. Amazing.


13 posted on 01/17/2011 2:06:42 PM PST by SQUID
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To: montyspython

The silence here is deafening. Amazing.


14 posted on 01/17/2011 2:06:43 PM PST by SQUID
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To: SQUID

You nailed that one.


15 posted on 01/25/2011 1:12:52 AM PST by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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