Deakin, Frederick William (1913-2005)
- 03 Ιουλίου 1913
- 22 Ιανουαρίου 2005
Sir Frederick William Dampier Deakin (3 July 1913 – 22 January 2005) was a British historian, World War II veteran, literary assistant to Winston Churchill and the first warden of St Antony's College, Oxford.
In 1941 he was seconded to Special Operations, War Office, in 1941. In May 1943 he has parachuted into Montenegro as representative of the British GHQ in the Middle East to the central command of the Yugoslav Partisans, who were led by Josip Broz Tito. Deakin's mission, codenamed Typical joined Tito as the partisans were being hunted through the mountainous ravines of the region surrounding Mount Durmitor by German and Italian forces. Just below the summit of Mount Ozren, the partisans were trapped by German aerial bombardment and forced to take cover among birch groves. In one attack, a cluster of bombs fell among them, killing Deakin's radio operator, Bill Stuart, Tito's Alsatian dog, 'Luks', and wounding both Tito and Deakin.
The Operation Typical group were disbanded at the end of September 1943 and absorbed into the mission of Sir Fitzroy Maclean. Before the Second Session of AVNOJ, in Jajce (1943) the (by parachutes) and hung the English mission, William Deakin was stayed with the partisans in Petrovo Polje, today's municipality of Skender Vakuf. This field is located on a plateau between Vrbanja river and Ilomska.⟶ Wikipedia (This page was last modified on 16 October 2016, at 21:33)
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