Britain and Bulgaria, 1941–4

  • Elisabeth Barker
Part of the Studies in Russian and East European History book series (SREEHS)


When the British left Bulgaria in March 1941, they had no political commitments to any person or group. They were finished with King Boris. Their only ties were S.O.E.’s contacts with the Left Agrarians and Velchev’s Military League. The Left Agrarian leader, Dr G. M. Dimitrov, a strong and attractive personality, had been brought out by S.O.E. to the Middle East, after a brief stay in Yugoslavia from where he had hoped to send a small ‘expedition’ into Bulgaria — a project killed by the German invasion of Yugoslavia.1 Another Left Agrarian, Dimitri Matsankiev, was also brought out with S.O.E. help. Both from then on did propaganda work for the British, G. M. Dimitrov broadcasting from the Middle East and Matsankiev from the B.B.C. in London. The text of an anti-German, anti-Boris declaration by Dimitrov was broadcast from London in February 1942. But the Foreign Office refused any form of political recognition for the exiled Bulgarians.2


Soviet Government House Arrest Bombing Attack British Policy Attractive Personality 
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© Elisabeth Barker 1976

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