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Maclean was on the point of returning to Jajce when the motor launch arrived, with a crew that included Sandy Glen also, like Maclean, thought to be one of the inspirations for James Bond and David Satow. Basically Churchill told him not to worry about that and to focus only on the Germans. Under his auspices the support for the partisans goes into overdrive and the German Army is forced to deploy more than seven divisions just to hold onto the strategically important parts of the country.

He breaks with all precedent by applying for a transfer to the supposedly dead end of the British embassy in Moscow. Eastern Approaches Front Book Cover.

His Moscow posting gives Maclean the opportunity to indulge his interest in travel and exploration, as he dodges Russian secret police approacches travel through Soviet Central Asia, Afghanistan and Iran. Then we came in and dried ourselves and put on the clean shirts which each of us had kept rolled up in his pack against just such an occasion as this. His dry, reserved British humor at events like this is fun, but it’s also deceiving.


Tito, harassed and harried through the woods, reached the decision that he needed to leave and establish his headquarters in a place of security. I have a battered paperback copy that I must’ve bought at a used bookstore.

MacLean has a gift for observation and yhe way he used words to describe rastern is enviable. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Anyone aspiring to become a member of the Easterb Service or Military Foreign Area Officer program must have a bit of romantic adventurism in their heart.

He does not come across as an egomaniac, he doesn’t hunt glory, but he writes very well. He wants to travel to Armenia and Georgia. Churchill received him in trademark fashion: MacLean then shifts to a description of Stalin’s political purges that is both detailed and personal.

On their return to Italy, they received a signal that the Partisans had captured a small German plane that they proposed to use.

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The Purge was Stalin’s effort to consolidate power by trying and executing several of the most senior Soviet leaders in a proceeding that had the whole world watching and gossiping. Politics must be a secondary consideration.

Tito committed himself too, although, as Maclean points out, it would have been understandable had he wished to let the Germans leave as soon as possible.

Here and elsewhere, Maclean lived in proximity to the Partisan leader for a year and a half, on and off. The most fascinating observation of MacLean’s was that of the Balkans, where he morally struggled with whether the U. Maclean famously paraphrased Churchill: Five stars from me, no doubt about it.


From the terrace of the Kalemegdanthe ancient fort in the middle of the city, they witnessed the withdrawal of German troops over the Danube to the suburb of Zemun. He loved the pleasures of life in the French capital, but eventually longed for adventure. It’s actually fascinating that the people whose characters get by far the deepest treatment are a few senior Soviet officials under trial in the Great Purge, and General Tito. Roosevelt had discussed the matter of Yugoslavia at a recent conference in Teheranand had decided to give all possible support to the Partisans.

I find myself well informed concerning the Russian viewpoint during the Bulshevic revolution, and on through the second world war. Eventually, as the only person literate in Russian, Maclean “read out, with considerable expression, and such improvements as occurred to me” the contents of his pass, and was set free.

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Maclean decided he needed to discuss matters with Tito and then with Allied superiors in Cairo to argue for more resources to push the project forward, and accordingly made maclexn way back to Partisan HQ in Jajce. View all 6 comments.

In the UK there is a long running radio show called “Desert Island Discs”, which features notable people talking about their lives. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.