Continuing the current theme of SOE and the Balkans, many of you may find this interview with Sir Fitzroy McLean as fascinating as I did.
He talks about this life and his writing, starting with the excellent, Eastern Approaches which covers his time in Moscow, and then his wartime experiences culminating with his evaluation of Tito, and the march on Belgrade.
Sir Fitzroy Maclean Bt: Obituary
Sir William Deakin, historian and founding Warden of St Antony’s College, Oxford
How one longs for a leader of his ilk,an absolute inspiration.
This classic book (1957) is available in the USA under the title “The heretic”.
Veronica’s interview with Edi Stark
Review of his wife’s book.
A great, great man. Pity he admired Mrs Thatcher!
The day after John Smith’s funeral the then government Chief Whip, Richard Ryder, said to me (Tam Dalyell), “As we passed you in our official car the Prime Minister and I wondered who on earth was that man with you bent double struggling up the pavement with such courageous gallantry and tried to place him.” “Fitzroy Maclean,” I said “determined to come to say goodbye to his Labour friend of the Scotland/USSR Association.” “A legend,” said Ryder. A legend of courageous gallantry.