The British were sucked into involvement in South-East Europe in 1939 unwillingly, almost unthinkingly. Their eyes were fixed elsewhere: on the German threat to Poland, which might destroy the European power balance, and on the Italian threat in the Mediterranean against the sea route to the Middle East and India. South-East Europe was a shadowy no-man’s-land lying between the German thrust in the east and the Italian thrust in the south.


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© Elisabeth Barker 1976

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