By Bernd Jurgen Fischer
"Analyzes the German profession of Albania in the course of international warfare II, rectifying a part century of amnesia and mythmaking through Marxist and nationalist histories and lengthening figuring out of the connection among the 3rd Reich and wartime Albania. contains b&w ancient pictures. Fischer is a professor of historical past at Indiana University-Purdue University." - publication information, Inc.
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This government, by doing away with most outward signs of fascism and following a reformist political and economic policy, managed to attract a significant amount of genuine popular support. Much of this came as a surprise to both the Germans and the Allies, sending them scrambling for information upon which to construct an effective policy. In the long run neither side succeeded in understanding the Albanians, and both failed to effectively control the situation. Although both the Allies and the Axis failed, the impact of their struggle was crucial for the Albanians.
Following the offer, Ciano planned to finalize the annexation by conducting a plebiscite, similar to the one conducted by Hitler in Austria at the time of the Anschluss. 31 Page 13 The plan was so carefully prepared that Ciano longed to put it into operation. The foreign minister presented the scheme to Mussolini for final approval in early December 1938. The Duce again approved of it in principle but out of rationalism or doubt put a temporary lid on the overzealous count. The international ramifications of such an act did not escape Mussolini.
The Allies found it difficult to decide which group to support, but nevertheless played an important role in terms of leadership and supplies. The invaders were finally expelled and the collaborators liquidated, as in other areas of Europe. At the end of the war in Albania, in late 1944, the communists found themselves unchallenged and assumed both military and political leadership. But Albania's unique internal conditions produced significant variations in the theme, and below a familiar surface the complications become endless.
Albania at war, 1939-1945 by Bernd Jurgen Fischer