NOW AVAILABLE AS AN ADVANCE READER COPY
Colonel Bjelajac, former Yugoslav WWII guerilla commander and US intelligence guru finished his manuscript of his WWII experiences in 1982, two years prior to his death.The book was never published with only four copies of the unpublished work left to his his son and another to the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
After close to forty years the Colonel’s manuscript will be now be available as an Advance Reader Copy in early August, 2020.
“Bjelajac provides the reader with an inspiring account of patriotism and determination. It is an easy read that should please all readers, whether novices or serious historians interested in learning more about the exceptionally difficult period faced by all Yugoslays during WW II.”
AN INSPIRING ACCOUNT OF PATRIOTISM AND DETERMINATION
Colonel Bjelajac was Secretary of war to the Prime Minister of Yugoslavia at the time Hitler bombed Belgrade in 1941. The book tells his story of seeing the Yugoslav Government off from a small landing strip Montenegro, his capture by the Germans, subsequent escape and return to Yugoslavia to lead a force of 10,000 guerillas and an underground of 15000 underground patriots under the supreme command of General Mihailovich. Bjelajac’s chronicle finishes with his special mission ordered by General Draza Mikhailovich to make his way to Italy and then to Egypt to convince the Allies not to abandon the Royal Yugoslav Army forces in favor of Tito’s Communists as their official resistance against the Axis enemy.
Bjelajac’s words should carry a good deal of weight considering his illustrious post-WW II career in the US military establishment where he produced over 150 unclassified and classified studies on psychological operations, unconventional warfare, counterinsurgency, and subversion. During the 1950’s and 1960’s, academics and experts alike turned to his works in formulating the United States’ doctrines of unconventional warfare and counterinsurgency.
As Napoleon once said, “What is history, but a fable agreed upon?”. We all know that the winners write the history books. Everyone wants to glorify their own cause and vilify the conquered enemy. Colonel Bjelajac’s personal opinions, observations and perspective are a valuable addition to the ongoing debate in, and about, former Yugoslavia. Best of all, Colonel Bjelajac tells it as a compelling story from the heart filled with numerous names and places. It is an easy read that should please all readers, whether novices or serious historians interested in learning more about the exceptionally difficult period faced by all Yugoslays during the Second World War.
Slavko N. Bjelajac
Colonel Slavko Nikola Bjelajac was born in 1905, in Bosanska Krupa, Bosnia. He spent his entire life as the quintessential military man. His illustrious career spanned over fifty years of service and dedication to two countries. He held many important posts in the Yugoslav Army and Government before his capture by the Germans. After his subsequent escape, he resurfaced as a resistance commander defending his homeland. After the war, he emigrated from his temporary home in Cairo to the United States where he worked for various government military agencies as an expert on unconventional warfare and counterinsurgency. His contribution to his newly adopted country was nothing less than outstanding. Prior to 1971, he published several books and generated over 150 articles on unconventional and psychological warfare and counterinsurgency. The U.S. military policy makers and planners extensively referred to this body of work as did the academic community.
LIMITED NUMBER OF ADVANCE READER COPIES ARE AVAILABLE
After the Bombing: A Royal Yugoslavia Army Commander’s Story will first be available as a Advance Reader Copy. This means we are printing the book as a limited run hard copy edition before publishing the first standard edition which will be sold through normal channels such as Amazon and retail bookstores. The ARC copy will differ slightly from our first official edition, which may have, for example, a different cover or have slight editorial changes made to it. In addition, the first official edition might include endorsements from readers of the Advance Reader Copy.