No pity distilled : Britain and the Chetniks, 1941-1942.
Chapter IV examines the increasing level of British interest in the
Yugoslav revolt. Inadequately informed, and under pressure from internal
and external sources, the British government resolved during autumn 1941 to
offer exclusive support to Mihailovic. This decision was taken despite the
knowledge that fighting had broken out between the insurgent groups.
Chapter V covers the first part of 1942. Despite a growing awareness of
the Partisan contribution to the anti-Axis struggle, and of the existence
of civil war within Yugoslavia, the British continued to offer their full
moral support to Mihailovic, and to attempt to rally all Yugoslavs to him.
Chapter VI shows how during the second half of 1942, due to growing doubts
over Mihailovic's political objectives and military strategy, the British
policy consensus gradually disintegrated. Consequently, the reaffirmation
of British support for Mihailovic at the end of the year was little more
than a facade.
Finally, the conclusion illustrates how British expectations of Mihailovic
were based on a fundamental misevaluation not only of the latter's
capabilities, but also of the very nature of the Yugoslav resistance