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The Macedonian QuestionBritain and the Southern Balkans 1939-1949$
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Dimitris Livanios

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199237685

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237685.001.0001

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The Difficult Withdrawal: Britain and the Bulgarian Army in Yugoslav and Greek Macedonia, September–December 1944

The Difficult Withdrawal: Britain and the Bulgarian Army in Yugoslav and Greek Macedonia, September–December 1944

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(p.115) 4 The Difficult Withdrawal: Britain and the Bulgarian Army in Yugoslav and Greek Macedonia, September–December 1944
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The Macedonian Question
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Dimitris Livanios

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237685.003.0004

After the Fatherland Front came to power in Bulgaria following the coup of 9th September 1944, the Bulgarian army in Greek and Yugoslav Macedonia was metamorphosed overnight from an occupying force into an allied one. This chapter focuses on the role of the Bulgarian army in these areas (both before and after the 9th of September) and investigates Britain's intense efforts to secure their early withdrawal against Bulgarian temporizing tactics (in Greek Macedonia) and Russian plans for the use of the Bulgarian army (in Yugoslav Macedonia). The fact that the Bulgarians eventually withdrew their forces from Greece but not from Yugoslavia demonstrated Russia's intention to honour only the Greek component of the ‘Percentages Agreement’ of October, 1944.

Keywords:   Fatherland Front, Bulgaria, Bulgarian army, Macedonia, Yugoslavia, Russia, Britain, Greece, Percentages Agreement

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