One of the most fascinating parts of WWII warfare is the warfare of deception. Allies were able feed Germans false information and gauge German response through deciphered Enigma.
Nazis were concerned where the Allies will land in Europe and Allied strategists played on that German uncertainty. Deception plan was created to lure Germans into believing that Allies will land on Adriatic coast in Yugoslavia.
Most likely, Tito was double German/British agent since 1937. Brits gave him a task to create an impression of huge army under his command. Tito's companies were called brigades, brigades were called divisions and Germans fell for it. As a master's touch, Tito's envoys went to Zagreb in March 1943 to meet with German High Command to hatch a cooperation against Allied invasion force when they land. This ensured Germans that Allies will land in Yugoslavia.
As a result, Germans planned operation WEISS to secure Adriatic hinterland. Phase III (WEISS III) objective was to destroy forces of Gen. Mihailovich as the biggest threat. As an additional measure, Germans initiated SCHWARTZ offensive against Partisans in May 15 that lasted until June 15 1943.
During the Schwartz offensive Churchill sent his son Randolph as a personal envoy to Tito(!). Tito almost got caught by Germans waiting for Randolph.
This episode is simply ignored by historians. Why it was necessary to send Randolph, i.e. what kind of message Randolph delivered that Churchill could not trust any other British officer?
After June 15, Germans secured Adriatic hinterland, but, it was in wain. On 9/10 July 1943 Allies landed in Sicily.
Tito was able to deliver fog, he was kept as a fog merchant until he died in 1980.
Gen. Mihailovich was merely soldier and he was doomed from the start. And the Serbs with him. Their biggest crime was to trust Allies.
No wonder that deception continues to the present day. It will continue until there is no one to contest it.
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