By Rudolf Hofling

Das gr#246;#223;te in Serie gebaute Flugboot der Luftwaffe - Technik und Einsatzgeschichte.

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Resistance to the Germans / 189 8. German Retreat and the Construction of a Stalinist Albania / 223 Conclusion / 257 Note on Sources / 275 Notes / 285 Bibliography / 321 Index / 329 Page ix Acknowledgments I am greatly indebted to many friends and colleagues without whom this work would have been considerably more flawed than it is, and to the various institutions who helped to make this work possible. The encouragement of my friend and mentor, Professor Dimitrije Djordjevic, I will always gratefully acknowledge.

Ciano's new urgency stemmed primarily from the knowledge that the Yugoslavs now knew the plan, and he feared that rumors regarding the under- Page 16 taking would spread far and quickly. The count also feared that the pro-Western Cvetkovic might move closer to Britain and France and perhaps attempt to come to some understanding with the Albanians. Jacomoni presented additional reasons for quick action, including the increased demands for payments from tribal chieftains with which he was being besieged.

Pariani had served as military attaché in Albania in the 1930s and was one of the few Italian officials who had made a good impression. Zog's proposals were ignored. Despite the continuing military difficulties, Ciano had regained his nerve and it only remained to create the proper impression internationally. In the pursuance of this end, the foreign minister directed that all Italian civilian personal and their families prepare to leave Albania. Ciano announced to the world that such a move had become necessary because Italian lives were in danger, a claim so blatantly ridiculous that it was greeted with scorn by the diplomatic community in Tirana.

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