IN THE DYING DAYS OF WORLD WAR II OLD ALLIES BECOME NEW ENEMIES Flashpoint Trieste is the story of one year in one city as the Cold War begins. The Western Allies had captured the Adriatic port city before the Russians could reach it, but having survived the war, everybody is now desperate to make it through the liberation. Life is fast and violent, as former warring parties find common cause against the Soviet Union and the borders of the new Europe are being hammered out. Against this deadly backdrop of intelligence operations, escape and revenge, the British and Americans are locked into the opening salvoes of the Cold War on the beautiful shores of the Adriatic, opposing the Russians and Yugoslavs. This is the story of the first turbulent post-war year of lethal cat-and-mouse in south-eastern Europe, told through the stories of twelve men and women from seven different countries thrown together on a strategically vital frontier between East and West.
A unique snapshot of world history during the final, violent days of the World War II as tensions mounted between the Western Allies and the Soviet Union and World War III threatened to erupt.
CHRISTIAN JENNINGS is a British freelance foreign correspondent and the author of six works of non-fiction, including At War on the Gothic Line (Osprey Publishing, 2016). Since 1988, across twenty-three countries, he has been writing books and journalism on international current affairs, modern history and popular science for publications ranging from The Economist and Reuters to Wired, The Guardian, and The Scotsman. He has been based variously in Rwanda, Bosnia, Kosovo, Burundi, Kenya and Switzerland. He now lives in Turin, Italy.
Contents Preface: This Land is My Land, June 2016 Author's Note Maps Part One: The Fall of Trieste 1. The Race for Trieste, April 1945 2. Holding Trieste, 29 April - 1 May 3. The Capture of Trieste, 1-2 May Part Two: Revenge in Trieste 4. Kidnapped by the Partisans 5. Revenge and Reprisals on the Dalmatian Coast 6. Death on the Plateau, 2-3 May Part Three: Brinkmanship on the Adriatic 7. Who was Marshal Tito? 8. The Allies' Support for Yugoslavia 9. Marshal Tito Plays a Double Hand 10. Dividing Trieste, June 1945 Part Four: Colonialism on the Adriatic 11. Spies on the Adriatic, May-August 1945 12. Very British Intelligence 166 13. The Capture of Friedrich Rainer and Odilo Globocnik, May 1945 14. A New Enemy for the Allies, June 1945 15. A New American Sheriff in Trieste, June 1945 Part Five: War in the Shadows 16. Hidden Conflict, July 1945 17. OZNA Sve Dozna (OZNA Can Find Out Anything), August-September 1945 18. A Gurkha Beheading, October-December 1945 Part Six: The New Europe 19. Bloody Compromise, February-April 1946 20. The Free Territory of Trieste, March-August 1947 21. Killing Tito and Dividing Trieste 22. The Numbers, January 1999 Epilogue: What Became of the Characters in the Book Appendix: Science Finds the Evidence Glossary Notes Index