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One scene, where he is challenged by Italian sentries whilst on a sabotage mission, will leave you shaking your head at the sheer audacity of the man. Left to conjecture, he writes: Accordingly, he came up with a plan known as Operation Ratweekin which the Partisans and Allies were to harass the Axis troops in close co-ordination for seven days, destroying their communication lines.

The second half of the book is about the mission to Tito. Seen by the head-stilled eyes of the reader sitting in the theatre that is the court; hardly daring to breathe as the plot of the game unfolds, twists, as hope and hopelessness, hearts less noble and hearts more evil follow the steps of the political game which all are so very, very familiar with, a searing form pre-ordained, inescapable.

On the trains he heard the complaints of the Siberian kolkhozniks workers on collective farms and witnessed another mass movement, this time of Koreans to Central Asia. Maclean was not in fact the first Allied officer in Yugoslavia, but the few who had been dropped before him had not been able to get much of their information out.

He wants to travel to Armenia and Georgia. He does not come across as an egomaniac, he doesn’t hunt glory, but he writes very well.


What is it in our human condition that causes us to act thus? Fresh out of CambridgeMaclean joined the Foreign Office and spent a couple of years at the Paris embassy. There is a lot to learn about these mysterious places and reckless train travel during that era. Eastern Approaches by Fitzroy MacLean. They tried to evacuate Greece and Macedonia by air, but again the Allies thwarted them.

For the most part, however, for a man of his background and class, he clearly had an ability to relate to people on their own terms and plunge into new environments and relationships with enthusiasm.

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Given the ferocity of the Ustashe regime’s commitment to final solution-style ethnic cleansing, it was strange to find MacLean’s narrative largely macean of information on the subject at least until the end and the capture of Belgrade. He and Tito agreed a system of easern the air drop supplies around the country, although there was some friction from officers wanting a bigger share.

Later, his erstwhile employers discovered that his resignation had been merely a ruse or legal fiction along the lines of taking the Chiltern Hundreds. Maclean never notes at any point that he has taken direct action in combat. I have no trouble recommending “Eastern Approaches”. Showing of 76 reviews. Yet there is maaclean very much more to it than just that.

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He merely mentions the jolly futzroy of becoming an MP in order to avoid working in the Civil Service and indeed never mentions that the seat in question was so to speak his ancestral seat, as his father owned half of of Scotland. I cannot begin to guess what such narrative silences indicate- lack of knowledge at the British mission to the Partisans on the full extent of the situation?

It was necessary to discuss the future shape of Yugoslavia at the highest possible level, and so Maclean was instructed to invite Tito and his entourage to Casertathe Allied Force Headquarters near Naples. Under his auspices the support for the partisans goes into overdrive and the German Army is forced to deploy more than seven divisions just to hold onto the strategically important parts of the country.


The author, a British diplomat inembarks on numerous travel adventures. This town sits on the Amu Darya the Oxusand the other side of the river lies in Afghanistan.

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Five stars is too paltry for such an amazing work. Immediately on leaving the foreign office, he enlisted as a private in the Cameron Highlanders. It reads like a historical travelog.

Please try again later. An old schoolmaster, whose one experience of modern warfare was in the Balkan War ofsaw the charges being laid and knew how to disconnect them. In the UK there is a long running radio show called “Desert Island Discs”, which features notable people talking about their lives. His extraordinary linguistic skills left me sighing in envy, as well- dropped behind enemy lines and he still takes to Serbo-Croatian like a duck to water The Partisan troops travelled through Arandjelovac and soon met up with maclena Red Armywho were being hailed as liberators.

Eastern Approaches is the memoir of his early professional life, fitzry first being posted as a member of the British foreign service to Moscow in the late ‘s, and subsequently of leaving the diplomatic approachds and serving in the Royal Army during World War II.