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Scenes from the Anti-Nazi War
Scenes from the Anti-Nazi War
By Basil Davidson
Monthly Review Press, 1982, 288 pp

A historian recalls his experiences in British liaison with Yugoslav and Italian partisans, in a passionate evocation of the radical nature of these movements: the guerrillas fought not only for liberation from the Germans but for a new social order, free of prewar tyrannies. British officialdom was hardly enamored of such revolutionary aims, but urgent needs forged wartime ties, which most British leaders sought to break as soon as it was militarily feasible. An unambiguously autobiographical account by a partisan of partisans, of whom Davidson says: "They extracted hope and human value from the misery of war."